Top Scorpion sailors Tim and Sarah Parsons were duty officers for today’s racing, with two cup races followed by two series races on a bright, sunny day.
Light breezes meant the tide had an even stronger affect than usual on the slower boats, especially the cruisers. Watched by Honorary Life Member John Wiscombe, Rob and Margaret Wiscombe in their Medina took full advantage of local knowledge by tacking in shore out of the current, more than making up for a slightly late start and overtaking their rivals in a Parker to win the John Chase Cup by over 20 minutes in the two hours. The course was middle distance, to Charton Bay and back, the long beat a significant feature. Good spinnaker handling increased Rob’s lead on the home reach.
Meanwhile, the dinghies competed for the Goodman Trophy, 10 finishers in the hour-long race over the same course as the cruisers. But barely 2 minutes separated the first three home, close racing with Chris Turner, crewed by Alex Hayman who has successfully crewed for Tim in the past, winning on handicap. Chris was chased by Jerry Rook in his Albacore and Dave Stubbs, getting used to his new RS 100, close behind.
The dinghies then continued with two series races before returning from a good day on the water.
John Chase Cup for Cruisers
1. Rob and Margaret Wiscombe, Medina
2. Rob and Sharyn Walker, Parker
1. Chris Turner and Alex Hayman, Scorpion
2. Jerry Rook, Albacore
3. Dave Stubbs, RS 100