Chairman Treasurer Secretary
The National Championships.
David Kerridge has very kindly agreed to be the Royal Harwich Class Captain this year again, and he will therefore be organising the event. We are hoping to see several South West boats travel to our part of the world this year to see if they can retrieve the trophy.
AGM Matters. The minutes of the last AGM (St. Mawes 2002) are enclosed. As you will see, the rule change (10.1.5) containing two clauses, was put to the AGM and they were both approved. That hopefully brings to an end the current crop of rule changes.
Members should also note that certain types of Tacktic compasses have been deemed illegal.
News from East Coast. Richard Chenery (Class Captain 2004) and Doug Sharps in Avocet dominated the 2002 Spring and Autumn series.
Spring Summer Autumn
1st Avocet Mars Avocet
2nd Guillemot Storm Petrel Pegasus
3rd Pegasus Telamon Guillemot
The East Coast Championships (2002)were won by Doug Sharps sailing Avocet followed by David
Kerridge in Pegasus and
The Orwell regatta (2002) provided 5 good races. David Mayne and Kelvin Douglas in Guillemot won the event. They received the Prosser Plate kindly donated by Jeremy Prosser in memory of his father who was the first owner of Thunderer. The East Coast fleet had been delighted when Jeremy presented the trophy at the Class AGM in 2001.
The fleet is very pleased to report that David Pearce in Puffin has been going very well in his first season and should be troubling the front-runners in 2003.
Johnny Pack in Goosander has been launched after a lengthy de-osmosing refit. We are looking forward to great things with his National 12 jockey!
The battle for first place was very close between David Liddington and David Kerridge. The result was decided on the last race.
1st David Liddington Athena
2nd David Kerridge Pegasus
3rd Anthony Armitage Hermes
4th Bob Edwards Nemesis
5th Cedric Thomas
Cedric Thomas had an interesting trip with
David Porter up to
Several boats have changed hands in St Mawes.
Primavera ( now Aeolus) bought by Simone Kennett ( a past owner)
Nimrod Richard & Suzanne Holbrook
Samaki Alan Williams
Osprey Malcolm Hitchins
Redoubtable David Newton
1st Bob Edwards Nemesis 1st Bob Edwards Nemesis
2nd David Porter
3rd Cedric Thomas Troy 3rd
Richard Chenery in Avocet won the last two races to win a very closely
fought championship. Nineteen boats
contested the event in perfect conditions in
The second race on Friday afternoon saw the easterly wind drop to force
The wind swung to the north on Saturday morning and strengthened to
3-4. A late shift put a strong port bias
on the start line and Athena (David Liddington) took full advantage to lead all
the way round in a shifting breeze.
Nemesis was second and
After four races, five boats were in contention to win overall. Four of them needed only to win the last race to lift the championship. The first beat was critical. The breeze was northerly 3-4, shifting in a range of 20o.
After a tense beat, Avocet led by a length at the mark from Nemesis and Pegasus. Pegasus had a spinnaker tangle, and fell back.
Avocet gradually built a comfortable lead to win overall. Nemesis finished second, to take fourth place
3. Pegasus (David Kerridge) 11 pts
4. Nemesis (Bob Edwards) 12 pts
5. Athena (David Liddington) 13 pts
The Spring series (2003) at RHYC has started well with several very close races and an average turnout of 9 boats. (10 for the last 3 races)
Steve Hall, a member of RHYC, regular crew and
occasional helm on Vim, and brother to Josh, died suddenly at a very young age
last year. His family presented a
splendid goblet to the RHYC as a trophy for the
There are copies of the most recent Ajax Handbook available. If you would like one, please get in touch with David Liddington (Class Treasurer).
Tony James, after many years of stalwart service to the class has asked to step down from the committee. We are all greatly indebted to him for his years as Chairman and for his help with redrafting the rules.
Doug Sharps has kindly agreed to replace him.
Discussions took place at the East Coast AGM about radios.
The feeling of the meeting was that the East Coast fleet would encourage radios to be carried during racing for safety reasons, as well as notification of courses between races on “back to back race days”.
One would have to remember to turn them off at the 5-minute gun so as to not infringe the “outside assistance rule”. We would need to be careful that members without radios were not disadvantaged. I would welcome any feed back on this issue.
May I (yet again) put on my measurer’s hat briefly to remind the membership about the importance of the black bands on the mast and boom.
In the old days (pre 1988), mainsails were measured on the luff, the leach and along the foot. After this time we fell into line with the IYRU and now we only measure the leach and the cross widths at ¼, ½ and ¾ heights.
This means that the only limitations on the luff and foot are the black bands. Any boats that pull their sails beyond the inner edge of the black band are effectively using a sail that is oversized. Please, therefore, check your bands (position and presence!) before the Championships and set your sails within them.
The measurement committee will be measuring black bands and other items at the championships.