The Deputies Cup saw three BODs join a handicap fleet of almost thirty boats for a lovely sunny bank holiday Monday afternoon sail in a moderate breeze on a flooding tide. It was clear that conditions were not in the BODs favour, but the three boats enjoyed fantastically close racing, crossing the finish line only a few boat lengths apart.
First BOD finisher was Mark White’s White Spirit, crewed by Steve Merrell and Georgina White, Alan Hicks’ Storm Petrel, with crew Craig and Jayne Bond, took second, and hard on their heels was Colin Willett in Bidi. Although conditions were far from ideal for BOD handicap success they nevertheless put in a creditable performance with White Spirit 9th overall, Storm Petrel 12th and Bidi 14th.
Also out for a test sail but not racing was John Payne aboard C11 Grayling which he purchased from Alan Hicks at the end of last season. She is now sporting a new white hull with turquoise boot top and cove line and is looking very smart indeed. We’ll look forward to seeing John and his team out racing soon.