With apologies – In the first edition of this story we made a mistake in the placings for fifth to seventh. Please see corrected text below.
It may have been the penultimate race of the season, but that didn’t stop Sunday’s inaugural running of the Reg White Trophy race from being an absolute hum dinger. After a few rather lean weeks while everyone recovered from Pyefleet Week and disappeared on holidays, it was great to see seven boats coming to the line for what proved to be a very challenging light airs race.
From the off Jeremy Newman, crewed in Avocet by special guests the Mersea Boys, got a jump on the fleet. Behind him though the rest of the pack chased out of the Creek together and there were plenty of place changes as the boats contended with the fickly and patchy breeze.
Guest staring at the helm of Fi Brown’s Grethe, Jarvis Simpson initially looked to have made the worst of the start, being both furthest out in the tide and last across the line. However, as they came down the creek there was better breeze to the middle of the channel and this combined with a smart approach to the run down to Cocum allowed him to sail around the opposition and into second place just behind Jeremy, with the rest of the pack hard on their heels.
From this point onwards Jeremy took full advantage of the clear air and gradually extended his lead on each leg to claim the inaugural Reg White Trophy race by a very comfortable margin. Despite a late charge from Alan Hicks and Craig and Jayne Bond in Storm Petrel, Jarvis, crewed by Fi and Becky Ashworth, defended his second place successfully leaving Storm Petrel third.
Mark and Georgina White and Dick Stephens sailed White Spirit to fourth, while the battle for the remaining places came down to a dog fight in the final 200 yards with Mike Hempstead and Eddie and Anne Howson in Gelasma sliding home for fifth, just ahead of sixth place Trevor Stone and the Ruff boys who sailed a blinder to beat Geoff Gritton, sailing Never Say Never with Chris Walker and Ian Hastings, into a very close seventh.
Huge thanks must go to Barry Newman who stepped in at the last minute as Race Officer so that Jeremy could take part in the race. And huge thanks to Mark and the White Family for donating this lovely new trophy in memory of Reg, which will be presented for the first time at the BSC Laying Up Supper.