as last year, the Turkey Race was run in sunshine and against a strong tide.
There the similarities ended, as instead of last year’s flat calm we
were treated to a strong and gusty wind, which persuaded most competitors to put
in at least two reefs.
nine entries, the fleet split neatly into three starts, although two of the
second start boats got unintentionally caught up among the first start, with
nowhere to escape to. However, they
both extracted themselves in time for their own start.
The third start produced more drama with Aelfleda and Golden Moon coming
together to the detriment of the latter’s well coaming.
The subsequent need to disentangle themselves from each other meant both
were late over the start. Meanwhile,
The Only Girl was having what her skipper described as interesting control
problems and retired without starting.
was soon in trouble too, with her jib downhaul parting, which forced her to
retire as well. Philosophically,
they remarked that at least they got to the pub earlier.
The rest of the fleet survived the course, although more than one boat
was displaying the top of their keel as the conditions produced some strong
an initial tricky tack against the tide, much of the rest of the course was a
reach up to the Devil's Round House Mill, before a run and a reach back to the
finish line at the Ferry. Phil Leftley on Nutcracker proved a delighted winner,
with Rebecca and Dryad also in the meat. No-one
went away empty handed though, as there were prizes for all in the shape of
festively wrapped tins of soup.
of course, there was the raffle. This
proved to be a Rebecca benefit with most members of their large crew seeming to
win prizes. It was almost inevitable
that the hamper should fall to them as well.
As usual, there was a good turn out of non-competitors who came to enjoy
the meal at the Ferry and the pleasant company.
Another successful event to round off the year.
Nutcracker (Phil Leftley) 2. Rebecca (Philip Scott) 3.
Dryad (David Walker) 4. White Rose (Mark Wells) 5.Wisp
(Chris Franks) 6. Golden Moon (Dave Smith) 7.Aelfleda
Farthing (Mels Farrar) DNS: The Only Girl (Joe Kilner)
Photographs can be seen in the Gallery on this site.