Unlike the last regatta at Cantley, this
time we were favoured with sunshine and consistently light winds.From a flat calm on Saturday morning, it became a gentle south easterly,
but with enough in it to make the pursuit race a good sail for most.As last year, the course was set mainly downriver, but this time avoiding
the tack against the tide that caused so many problems in the 2013 race.
With David Walker in
, this year Pandora
had the privilege of setting off first and, like Kingfisher in the first
pursuit race three years ago, they proved impossible to catch.Maidie (with her crew of lager-drinking water babies) came closest, but
couldn’t quite overhaul them.The
class captain brought Catspaw in third, with Anne fighting off Zingara all the
way round to hold 4th place.
Many participants enjoyed an evening
roast dinner in the Reedcutter and some were perhaps later to bed than was good
It was felt prudent to avoid tacking
against the tide on Sunday morning too, but the only way to do this was to
set a short looping course within Cantley Reach.It was felt three laps would be sufficient but, in the event, the breeze
freshened more than expected, giving quite a short race.Maidie romped round in half an hour, but still managed to save her time
over Pandora to win, with Catspaw again in third place.Even the slowest yacht completed the course in an hour.
Wanting to give a longer and more
interesting sail in the afternoon, the OOD took advantage of the
slack water to run what turned out to be a slightly ambitious course upriver. Passing
through the woods at Langley turned out not to be the issue, but rather a clump
of trees upriver and a patch of dead wind, which caused the fleet to bunch up
into a drifting match.
Zingara came out of this best, easily
saving her time on Maidie to win the race, with Catspaw making it a hat trick of
third places.Pandora could only
manage a 5th place, thereby yielding the Nelson Trophy for overall
winner to Mike Barnes.However, John
was able to discard this 5th place when it came to calculating the
result of the Diamond Jubilee Trophy, which he won comfortably from Anne and
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