Spring Challenge Races
Thanks to the magnificent effort of Graham Howlett breaking the ice the day before, the Reddie & Spring Challenge races were able to go-ahead on Easter Monday.
The ice may have cleared but the wind was bitingly cold and the wind was a good F4 with 20kt gusts, and this strengthened as the day wore on. It was not surprising then that only seven boats signed on for the event, although this number was totally eclipsed by the armchair sailors who chose the warmth of the clubhouse over the tempest outside.
Five boats finished the morning pursuit race, and the current Spring Challenge Trophy holder, Ian Gregory in his Laser, came home first, a mere nineteen seconds in front of Jack & Laura Hardie in their Cadet. The Lasers of Tony Hyland and Graham Howlett followed and then Jess d’Arcy in her Cadet.
After lunch, and with the entries reduced to four boats, the handicap race got underway. It looked like a Jack & Laura Hardie victory all the way until three capsizes on the last lap saw Ian Gregory steal through to gain his second bullet.
The final position of the boats competing in both races were as follows:
Well done to all those who took part in the race and congratulations to Ian Gregory on retaining the Spring Challenge Trophy and to Laura Hardie winner of the Reddie Trophy for highest placed crew. Thanks go to all involved in the race organisation and particular thanks go to those who manned the safety boat.
The trophies will be awarded during the Winter Series prize-giving on 25th May.