Jon Evans and Fred Warren-Smith hold aloft the Thomas West Cup, for winning the Squib class at this year’s regatta.
MORE than 40 boats and 60 sailors took part in Royal Victoria Yacht Club’s annual regatta, postponed from June to last weekend.
The competition was held in excellent conditions, with five different classes vying for glory.
There was a healthy fleet of ten Lasers competing over five races, with Island Games’ sailor Brad McLaughlin winning all five to take overall glory with ease. Seconds and thirds were shared between Dom Mortimer, Ben Symons, Amy Prime and Sophie Baker, and in the end only one point separated Amy in second from Ben in third, all three in Radial rigs.
More than a dozen Squibs also had five races and the racing was very close.
By the end of the first day it looked as if the Downers, Jo and Mark, in Panther III were going to take the historic Thomas West Trophy with two wins, from Aquabat (Steve Warren-Smith and Bruce Cockrell) and Outlaw (Jon Evans and Fred Warren-Smith),
But the youngsters in Outlaw produced two superb wins on the second day to take the win, with Panther second and Aquabat third.
Other contenders were Sam and Emma Prime in Rhapsody and Kev and Marney Gibson in Satu.
The fast handicap was won by Neil Griffiths and Mark Turner (with Ellen Griffiths crewing on the second day), with Ella Symons and Ellie Ness second, and Chris Andrews and Steve Sheridan in third.
Six cruisers competed in two classes, trimaran and The Rest. The trimaran class races were won on line and handicap on both days by the Talbot family, with Tony Pope’s Mad Hatter second.
For the rest, Ivan Macaulay and Knave took victory, with Chris Turner second and Graham Smyth third.
Some new Oppie faces were on the water too, Matthew Bamber and Oliver Evans. But with two firsts and two seconds it was Alex Downer who took the silverware, Matthew second and Oliver third.