Tamesis - Sondown Cup 2003

The Tamesis Merlin Rocket Open meeting on October 5th attracted 24 competitors, including 6 visitors, for a lively and exciting event in near perfect conditions. The moderate and occasionally fresh northerly wind gave some of the best River Thames racing of the summer, with a beat downstream to Lensbury and a spinnaker run upstream to Canbury; there were several capsizes, a dismasting and other mishaps.

David and Rosemary Croft of Tamesis, sailing 3508 Red Dragon, were convincing winners of the Sondown Cup with firsts in all three races. With the best two of the three races to count, some of the closest competition was for second place overall as three boats acquired the same number of points. Tamesis sailors Joe and Tom McLaughlin, in their newly acquired 3566 Pocket Rocket for the first time, took the runners-up slot on countback with a second, third and sixth.

The best placed visitors, Mark Candelas and Phillip Treacher from Wembley SC in 3542 Steppenwolf, had a second, third and tenth, and were third overall. John Harris and Margaret Stokes/Colin Stokes of Tamesis, in 1079 Passing Cloud, pressed the Crofts hard in the first race but lost out to the McLaughlin brothers in the second race after getting their spinnaker stuck because of a knot in the halyard. They had a second and third but did not compete in the final race so were overall fourth, but they did win the Elizabeth Bowl for the best scoring vintage/classic Merlin. Fifth place overall went to Alan and Sue Markham, of Upper Thames SC, in 3594 Summit Fever.

Brian Corking

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