While many club members were away enjoying Merlin week at Salcombe, the home fleet remained strong with 19 boats taking part in the latest round of the GW Smith Trophy series.
A few new crews joined in this weekly dose of sailing fun and it was excellent to see. Well done to Iris Crampton and her father Thomas for giving it a go and taking the opportunity to refine their starting technique. Also to Johannes Wagner’s son Luzius aged 13 who took the helm of his father’s Merlin Rocket and brought her home to a fine (on the water) second place.
First home was the experienced pairing of Ken Duffell and Matty Valentine. Third was our Commodore Chris Pollard in his N18 who capitalised on an absolute flier of a start (well, a pretty good attempt at a ‘flier’ considering the light winds) and left the other two N18s far behind.
Big thank yous this week to the late stand-in race management/patrol boat crew of Humphrey Dorrell and Jonathan Key. Also to Josephine Wagner who lead the provision of a box dinner and drinks from the bar.
Courtesy of John Adams, here are the results: