|Challenging conditions for Regatta|
The tenth SYH Classics Regatta was sailed over the weekend of June 18 and 19 in some of the liveliest conditions in the history of this every-growing annual event.
There were more than 50 boats entered, and despite gale warnings in the weather forecast, only a small minority elected not to venture out on to the race course.
In what regatta organiser Jonathan Dyke described as "challenging" conditions, the decision was made to race in the river, rather than out at sea.
"What a great job Bob Browne, the race officer did!" said Jonathan. "There were a few thrills and spills in three fantastic races." But despite the odd mark-rounding incident, a couple of broken spinnaker poles and, sadly, a dismasting, nobody was hurt. Indeed everybody said what great racing they had enjoyed in "a long and hectic weekend."
Two races were sailed on Saturday, the fleet divided into three starts, fast handicap, slow handicap and a separate start for the evergreen local Stella class.
Perhaps racing in the river suited the smaller, more manoeuvrable Stellas better than some of the bigger, more powerful boats, but it was the Stellas who dominated the overall results. Tom Taylor Jones in Estrella, a previous winner of the event, took the overall title.
The runner up was Andrew Gilmour’s Timoa, which was launched a couple of days before the regatta after a six month restoration project. Jonathan explained that Timoa had been Andrew’s father’s boat, and he felt the story of her rescue and return to the East coast racing scene illustrated the passion and history which inspires the classic yacht racing scene.
As well as the racing prizes, two special trophies were awarded at the prize-giving. The Spirit Flask, awarded at the discretion of the organisers to the entrant "most in need of a strong drink," was awarded to Polaris, the Stella which lost its mast.
The Safir Trophy, for the Concours d’Elegance, was presented to Kismet, the beautifully restored 48-foot Fyfe yacht entered by Richard Matthews.
Jonathan thanked all the competitors for bringing their boats to the regatta, many being delivered in conditions as challenging as those on the race course, and he congratulated everybody for "sailing magnificently and sailing safely."
1 If, Peter Wilson
2 Flight of Ufford, Sean McMillan
3 Cereste, Jonathan Dyke
4 Linette, Glen Sampson
5 Clarion of Wight, Brian Turner
1 Woodwind, Roger Jarrett
2 Rising Hope, Simon Cowlin
3 Lora, Robert Townsend
4 One Bamboo, David Wells
5 Scorpion of Wyke, Tom Dennis
1 Estrella, Tom Taylor Jones
2 Timoa, Andrew Gilmour
3 L’Etoile, Tim Wood
4 Rollicker, Neil Pitman
5 Stardust, Philip Waring
5 Flight of Ufford
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