Good racing for small fleets

By Clare Newman

Friday, August 15, 2014

 

SAILING

IT WAS a relatively quiet week on the water at Bembridge Sailing Club, with the Redwings at Cowes and no cadet or Oppy courses.

However, the One-Designs had some good racing during the week and with Sunday’s forecast not looking good, managed to get two races in on Saturday afternoon for the Brinton Trophy.

Six boats helmed by cadets raced on Monday morning for the Bavarian tankard. Conditions were not easy in the light airs, so they all did well to finish so closely, with Charles Nainby-Luxmoore making up enough ground on the last leg to take the trophy.

With only two boats racing in the afternoon, three short races made it more fun. Although the Redwings had two days cancelled at Cowes because of the lack of wind, the gentle breezes off Under Tyne made racing possible every day.

Martin Bonham leads the August points ahead of Willie Cobb, while Will Harbord-Hamond won the Hulbert Prize (under-30s) on Thursday.

Although it initially looked as if James Row had just won the first race for the Brinton Trophy ahead of Mark Grzegorczyk, he hit the finishing mark before clearing the line so had to take a penalty, which put Susie Beart into second place. In the second race, Susie, having been ahead for most of it, came home well ahead of Mark, and so with equal points shared the trophy.

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