RCOD Burnham Week Report 6 Sep 2015
The RCODs, celebrating their 80th anniversary, enjoyed their largest entry for decades, says John Waples, on No.16, Corpo Santo…
There were nine boats on the start last Saturday and for a one-design class sailed only on the Crouch, Burnham Week is particularly significant. After some very close racing, Sue Law, sailing her beautifully restored Coralie, was in a strong position to win the week but some mark mishaps allowed us to secure the weeks' points for Corpo Santo. Barry Lewis in Corindelle and Lynn Frost in Corsair, had some keen racing throughout the eight days. Our medical contingent was out in force with Drs Apps, Willoughby and Wallis, showing some very healthy helming in Coryphee, Coriander and Coram. Cormorant, with her new owners, Steve Rands and Justin Waples, sailed four races providing sufficient evidence that the battle for the top slot next year will be fiercer than ever. Nick Oliver showcased his talents in the stunning Corella with some great results.
The RCOD class is going through a great resurgence and helms and crew are enjoying a good time on and off the water. There's no room for complacency however as young bloods are already snapping at the older helms' sterns. At a well-organised prize giving ceremony at the Crouch Yacht Club on Saturday, Matthew Lewis was awarded a special prize for the best young crew during Burnham Week.