Congratulations to Danny Fox and the Mersea Boys in C8 Egret on winning Sunday’s CYC run Carstairs Cup race. Five BODs came to the line in a light southerly to race using the new CYC course cards for the first time. Having signed on in person or by VHF confirming how many people they had on board (as per the new CYC requirements), they made a very close start on a line laid between the BOD buoy and the Committee Boat off Batemans (which line to be used was signalled via the white board on the Committee Boat).
The first leg was a great down tide beat out to Cocum and it was nip and tuck all the way with places changing every time the boats crossed tacks. Initially Geoff Gritton in C56 Never Say Never had the slight advantage with C11 Grayling helmed by John Payne second and Egret third, C53 White Spirit with Mark White rounded fourth and C51 Grethe, being helmed this week by Alan Hicks, was fifth . From Cocum the course took the fleet across to Gazelet and then on a long run against the tide to No 10, which saw Egret get through to first followed by Grayling with Never Say Never now in third. The beat back to Cocum didn’t bring any place changes but then a foul tide run all the way past Mersea Stone to Batemans had Never Say Never and White Spirit exchanging places. Initially White Spirit sailed through into third, but then misjudged their gybe allowing Never Say Never to get back through.
From Batemans it was only a short beat with the tide into the finish where Egret took line honours by almost two minutes. Just ninety three seconds separated the rest of the fleet with Grayling second, Never Say Never third, White Spirit fourth and Grethe fifth.
Our thanks to the Readings family, Graham Chasney and their crew for providing a great race.
Start time 14.15