2014 R6M SHEARWATER TROPHY & 2002T RACE REPORT

Sunday April 6th saw an entry of 8 Skippers convene at the Broads for the Shearwater trophy. Entries this year were predominantly Broads and Harwich & Dovercourt, with Mike Ewart joining in from Two Islands.

Early rain had soon cleared leaving a brisk and, at times gusty, south-south westerly wind on the more exposed part of the broad. Race officer Peter Sutton assisted by Tom Wilkinson and David Grint, set a simple port rounding course with a wing mark, which made for a couple of good beats and almost a run, with a separate mark off the start finish line to enable finishing boats to beat to the finish line.

Last year’s winner Terry Burton sailing his Ravenna soon put in an early challenge taking several race wins during the mornings sailing. Harwich & Dovercourt’s John Alexander, sailing his Rococo, was always in close contention, taking several second place finishes throughout the morning.

By late morning the wind was beginning to back slightly and increasing southerly gusts made for challenging sailing conditions for the fleet. Broads skippers Bernie Guest, sailing his Ravenna very competitively, along with Mick Howard’s Mehala were often, along with Mike Ewart’s Drisky, finding themselves as the second part of the fleet but still all posting mid fleet finishes between them. Harwich and Dovercourt’s Geoff Earle and Malcolm Button also found themselves racing each other lower down the fleet. Nine races were completed up to lunch with some good tactical sailing.

After an excellent Cafe lunch the same course was sailed for the afternoon. With no abatement in the gusty wind several races were a survival of the fittest and the luck of not getting a gust. Terry Burton was unfortunate in collecting John Alexander in a close fought race resulting in below waterline hull damage to Terry’s boat that was patched up in time for the next race for him to win!

Toward the end of the afternoon Geoff Earle, Michael Howard and Malcolm Button had been forced to retire with broken rigs, leaving the fleet down to 5 boats. After 19 challenging races, both in terms of wind and course, Broad’s Terry Burton took a well deserved event victory. Harwich & Dovercourt’s John Alexander came in second, with Broad’s Bernie Guest in third. Two Island’s Mike Ewart took fourth a point ahead of Broad’s Michael Howard’s fifth place.

Overall a well sailed and friendly event.
D GRINT BRYC.
Results:

          Final

Pos.

Competitor

Club

Hull

Sail #

score

1 Terry Burton Broads RYC Ravena 76 20
2 Jon Alexander Harwich & Dovercourt MYC Rococo 69 34
3 Bernie Guest Broads RYC Ravena 73 42
4 Mike Ewart Two Islands RYC Drisky 36 72
5 Michael Howard Broads RYC Mehala 50 73
6 Malcolm Button Harwich & Dovercourt MYC Rococo 86 98
7 Geoff Earle Harwich & Dovercourt MYC Rococo 47 100
8 Stan Cox Broads RYC Rococo 27 105
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