Results :: Upper Thames S.C. De May Vintage Event
Six visitors were welcomed to Upper Thames on Saturday 28th June 2014, for the De May series vintage racing and Spade Oak Bowl trophy race in the afternoon.
The fleet got away at the first attempt, with Pat and Jilly Blake clear away in Tiercel; Martin and Jacques Hunter sailing Quiver, Laurie Smart and Vanessa Pilon, sailing Flipside and Rob and Helen Wilder sailing Flinkidink all close behind. On the second lap, Martin managed to sail through Pat’s lee to take the lead, and Laurie and Rob were soon ahead of Pat, as he fell victim to the large holes in the wind around Ferry Cottage. Martin took the gun, with Rob in second and Laurie in third, although with the handicap adjustments the final positions would alter.
The second race started with a few drops of rain in the air, but by the middle of the race, the heavens had opened and the wind died to a few zephrs. Many boats retired as the conditions deteriorated and the struggle over the current became tiresome. The race finished, to the relief of all, with Quiver over the line first but scored OSC. Laurie finished in first place, Rob in second, and Richard and Gabrielle Pausey sailing Robin Hood in third.
After everyone had had the opportunity to dry off and get warm and fed, the third race for the Spade Oak Bowl had to be postponed through a lack of wind, but eventually conditions improved enough to allow the race to start. Flipside and Quiver led the depleted fleet, with Martin taking the lead at the windward mark. The wind died again during the middle of the race and it became another floating contest with Martin well ahead of the fleet. Laurie finished second with Rob in third.
The club looks forward to welcoming the De May series fleet back next year.
Photos courtesy of Debbie Kite