Chairman’s Report 2010
Looking back over the past 12 months the 2009 National Championships at RHYC was a most enjoyable and sociable Regatta. 2 boats from the SW fleet were welcomed: Kali sailed by Charles Emmett and Pintail sailed by Richard Bown and a total of 17 boats competed. We had 3 days of racing in fine weather with one day of good breezes and 2 days of light variable winds.
The Championships were won by Chris Brown in Mars and in winning Chris maintained a remarkable record of winning the Ajax Championships in every decade since the boat was designed in 1966. The next 3 places were closely contested with Guillemot (David Mayne) second, Pegasus (David Kerridge) third and Avocet (helmed by Cedric Thomas) fourth. Well done Cedric ! Pintail won the Vim Trophy for the first visiting boat.
This year the East Coast fleet has had an average turnout of 7 boats for club racing and Pegasus won the spring series with a perfect score of 6 for the best 6 races in the series. Guillemot was second and Telamon (Gordon Sutton), who in sailing fast this year, was third.
The East Coast
Championships were held over the weekend of 19/20th June. The skies
were grey, the temperature low and the wind at times, quite astonishing. On the
The winds moderated somewhat on Sunday and
the first race involved a modified Olympic course. Thunderer once again stormed
off into the distance leaving the rest of the fleet to fight for the minor
places. Artemis (Malcolm Mackley) secured a close second from Guillemot sailed
by David Mayne, Tim Hunt and Michael Prosser. The final race reverted to
windward leeward and here Mandalay (helmed in different races by Peter Nicholls
and Doug Sharps) went on to win a tight contest from Mars. The Williams team
secured a resounding overall win and a tie break
1st Thunderer. John, Richard and Hugh Williams (1,1,1, 8)
3rd Mars. Chris Brown, Alex Davey, Mark Blackwell (2,3,5,2)
4th Artemis. Malcolm Mackley, Mike Moore, Joff Hudson (3,4,2,4)
With regards to the South West Fleet, Class Captain, Lindsey Thomas, writes as follows:
“Turnouts were sadly low at the beginning of the season, but
thankfully the lovely June weather inspired people into action & we are no
regularly getting 7 to 8 boats out & hopefully will improve on this as the
season continues. 2009 saw two boats change hands. Firstly we said goodbye to
the Holbrook family, Richard and Suzanne really made good use of Nimrod as a
family boat and all three of their children (and the dog!) were regularly seen
out racing on her. Nimrod was bought by Tim Godber and has sadly been taken out
of port and is currently in
Simone Kennett also decided to sell Aeolus
in search of a more lively boat and has bought an SB3. Thankfully for the
fleet, Aeolus was bought by two old
We also said goodbye to Richard Boucher-Giles and although at this time he is still the owner if Mary B, Richard has defected to the Marieholm fleet in search of a more comfortable boat he & his family can go cruising on.
To date there are two boats on the market that I know of, Mary B and Fringilla which is owned by Chris Snell. We are desperately trying to find new local owners for both boats and would appreciate any help in achieving this.
We enjoyed some superb weather through June which meant it was possible to sail without oilies, something we did not do a lot of last year.
The first race of the season, the May Day
Cup Race was won by Roger & Claire Wood in Amalthea with Cedric in
The Frankie Peters Series at the end of May
saw a return to the three race format set over the weekend. Unfortunately the
weather conditions were against us with extremely strong winds meaning only
three boats turned out to race on the Saturday. During the 1st beat,
just after tacking, Amalthea was hit by a gust and Claire Wood fell overboard.
Roger and his crew were able to get her back onboard but they lost the lead and
The fleet remains strong in the South West but it would be great to see more of the locally owned boats appearing on the start line earlier in the season and on a more regular basis.”
At the end of last year John Williams
discovered a long lost
Polly Oliver has been purchased by an East
Coast syndicate and brought up to RHYC. We feel it is useful to have an
5 Ajaxes will be making their way down to St Mawes for the Nationals this year: Teal, Pegasus, Guillemot, Thunderer and Sirius and we are all looking forward very much to the racing and socialising.
Bob Tate – Chairman July 2010