Busy Weekend to Finish the 2013 Season 28 Oct 2013
A weekend packed with activity officially closed the 2013 Racing Season
(except for the usual suspects in the Dragons and Squibs who will race until it snows!)
The last few days have kept the forecast and windguru watchers thoughtful as the organisers finalised the arrangements for the Club Pursuit Race, but fortunately the signalled tempests delayed their appearance, and Saturday 26th October brought fresh and blustery conditions with threatening skies and an entry of nineteen boats.
Team Phoebe moored on the Club line and started Squibs, a Flying Fifteen, Dragons and RCODs in rapid succession, the start times calculated to allow (theoretically) for the whole fleet to be at exactly the same point on the river after the 100 minute race duration. The course took the fleet up and down the Roach – keeping the fleet in the restricted waters of the Roach made it easier for the remaining boats to be recorded in their positions once the leading boat had been finished by the roving finishing line.
Unfortunately Lady P was OCS and did not return (due to their flag confusion), leaving the way clear for Commodore Robert Coyle to finish first, and therefore winner of the Marco Polo Trophy in 157 Cheque Mate. Mick Hill’s Flying Fifteen did indeed fly in the conditions and made up considerable time, whilst Poul Hoj Jensen sailed Tigger to finish as first Dragon. The RCOD Class entered four boats (80% of those still on their moorings!) and enjoyed the blustery conditions up and down the Roach.
With some good ballast available, Paul Hinkins helmed Corella home under full sail, and earned the clear space between him and his reefed rivals, Cormorant, Corindelle and Coram. The racing season for the RCODs came to a sudden stop that very afternoon, as the decision was taken to crane them all out before the arrival of the much-heralded gale force conditions – by the time it arrived on Monday morning they were all sitting snugly on their trolleys. Well done, R & C!
Saturday Evening was Laying Up and Prize Giving, saluting the traditions by serving Steak and Kidney Pudding (which some Members vowed was the best they had ever tasted! – well done, Simon!) and Chicken Pie for those who cannot cope with kidney…
The Dining Room was full, warm and sparkling, presided over by RC Peter Marchant who reviewed the Sailing Year and its many successes. Guests of Honour were Malcolm Hutchings and Andy Ramsey with their outstanding collection of trophies from afar (deep breath) – Squib Class winners of Cowes week, winners of the White Group (the one-design classes) then Overall Winner of Cowes Week, plus the Traveller’s Trophy from the Inland Championships with the Burnham Squibs winning the Team Event.
The other Guest of Honour was Andrew (Noddy) Norden, representing Poul Hoj Jensen, with the David Atkinson Memorial Trophy, awarded as the highest placed Corinthian entrant at the Dragon World Championships held at Weymouth.
Then it was time to give out the Club Prizes, thank Peter Marchant for his efforts, assisted by Katie Cole, and toast the winners – a very traditional Corinthian evening.