Principal Race Officer Alistair McKay, had to abandon the first attempt to get the four Cruisers under way, with absolutely no wind.
Less than an hour later a South Easterly breeze came in, and made it possible to start the race, and complete it within two hours.
Slipstream led the way on a beam reach across the South Bay, closely followed by Apatshe.
In Caldey Sound, Apatshe managed to overhaul Slipstream before passing St. Margaret’s Island and heading upwind into a moderately choppy sea. Seren and Chiron followed a few minutes later, gradually catching up with Slipstream.
The four yachts tacked upwind to reach Chapel Point, just below the lighthouse, then gradually eased the sails to reach passed Red Stack and Drinkum.
With the Spaniel Shoal to Starboard and Small Ord Point to Port, Apatshe set sights for home, with sails ‘Goose Winged’, left Caldey Point behind and maintained a good lead over the others. Slipstream, Seren, and Chiron finished very close to each other in the North Bay, as the wind was dying away.
1st - for the Tony Spiller Memorial Trophy, Apatshe: Billy Stubbs, Nathan Spiller, and Geoff Titterton. 2nd - Slipstream: Blake Shaw, Terry Evans, Sharon Thompson, Paula and Martin. 3rd - Chiron: Roy Lawrence and John McKellar. 4th - Seren: Phil Rees and Chris Hill.
Sheila Spiller is pictured presenting the Tony Spiller Memorial Trophy to her son Nathan, and crew Geoff and Billy.
CommentsTo leave a comment you need to create an account. |