A steady north easterly wind greeted the large fleet of 6M yachts on Sunday 14th September 2014, for the completion of the 2002T series of races and Tomlinson Vase.
The Race Officer, Charles Clark, was able to set a course which allowed all points of sailing, including three excellent beats. The decision was also made by the Race Committee to run the races over two heats to ensure fair racing for all thirteen entrants.
The final destination of the 2002T trophy was very much in the balance with John Davies,
Jon Alexander, Geoff Earle and Bernie Guest all in a position to succeed. The first Seeding races resulted in Jon retiring but he recovered to win both his B heat and the subsequent A heat, with John and Bernie closely behind, followed by Geoff. Unfortunately Mick Howard’s “Mehalah” experienced problems in both opening races and sadly had to retire from the event at an early stage.
Vicki Mills won race 3 and from there on was always contesting the top places. Race 4 was won by Bernie, who repeated his success in the next race, indeed at this stage he was in the lead overall, with Jon and Geoff just one point behind. However, race 5 saw Geoff experience electrical problems which ended his successful season in this series of events.
Liz Browne, along with Malcolm Button , David Kerridge and David Fowles
also felt that conditions were making life too difficult and decided to cease sailing. Geoff
Raygada sailing a Dan 5 kept going and completed every race except one against some more later designs, eventually gaining a well-deserved 8th overall.
The freshening wind and smaller fleet resulted in races of one heat being sailed from here on. Mike Ewart, the 6M Class Captain, now came to the fore winning three of the final five races, being hotly challenged by a vastly improving Henry Farley. John and Bernie were finding things a little difficult compared to their morning performances. Vicki, Jon and Mike were now involved in some very close contests, causing quite exciting finishes for the onlookers.
The final results saw Mike with 19pts, Jon 20pts, Bernie 22pts, with Vicki fourth on 23pts. A very competitive day indeed, sailed in good spirits, with all incidents resolved on the water.
Mike won the day and Jon’s second place was sufficient to secure him the 2002T trophy for the second time in three years, with John the runner up.
In his speech at the Presentation, Mike thanked the H&DMBC Race Team and revealed that his pedometer read 5.1 miles. Who said our activity is a sedentary one!!!
Please click on Results for a copy of the full results of the Tomlinson Vase