Chelmsford RYC hosted the Eastern District R10R Championship on Sunday 3rd February 2013 at their Heybridge venue. The day dawned with a brisk ice cold wind under grey skies.
Six skippers brought their boat to the lake side to compete for the glory today. There were four R10R’s and two Marbleheads called to the start line by Officer of the day George Beacroft.
The five other competitors were all from the host club Chelmsford Radio Yacht Club. George set an Olympic triangle and sausage course with a good beat to the windward mark. This remained good until just before the lunch break when the course was swung round to compensate for the wind change that occurred.
Hugh’s dominance seemed to be in trouble in one race where he was found in 4th place when the lead boat was about to cross the line, unfortunately it sailed the wrong side of the mark, then the 2nd and 3rd boats collided allowing Hugh to sail to victory, if ever “it isn’t over ‘till the fat lady sings” was true today, was it!
Mark Dennis won the two races that Hugh didn’t and the rest of his finishes were consistency itself resulting in his well-deserved 2nd place. John Torrance did the same but by making his regular place third with the odd 2nd ensured he secured the 3rd place in the event.
A total of 14 races were sailed and every racing incident was sorted on the water in a well behaved and good tempered event that was enjoyed by all competitors and those who gave their time to run it.
Thanks to John Richmond for the Results, Report and Photos.