With thunderstorms forecast and light, very variable winds, the Vicar of Beer’s Cup for dinghies was postponed and 7,8 and 9 of the Summer series races were substituted in home waters, but 5 cruisers raced to Beer and enjoyed time ashore at our sister club, accompanied by Jeremy Wallace giving Rib cover. The tradition of taking tea with the vicar of Beer was almost maintained! First was Jeremy White racing his new Devon Yawl for the first time with a novice crew, while Berey Pealing set off 5 minutes after the others and still made a creditable passage, overtaking several.
Off the Cobb, 3 races were completed, the 180-degree wind shift in the third making a particularly challenging windward/leeward course which could hardly be described as such and causing a turnaround in the leaders. Race officer Andy Robinson noted the consistent performance of Jerry and Pauline Rook, Albacore, and a fine tussle between the Merlins with Jon Turner and Katie making a first and a second, and Hilton Davis, K1, steady with two thirds before retiring ashore. 20 dinghies competed.
The Summer series now stands at Dave Guthrie, Phantom, leading from Dave Stubbs, RS 400, then Jon Turner in third and Jerry Rook fourth.
Photo: Close racing between the two well-balanced Merlins with Jon and Katie leading from Mike and Jane Calvert as they approach the windward mark.