It was great to have eight boats out for the Andy Silk Salver on Sunday 30 September and what a fantastic race it turned out to be. Dave Conlon, Sarah Bines and Ed Gibbons showed us how it should be done in Windsprite, winning the race by what can only be described as a comfortable margin.
But behind them it was nip and tuck all the way. Piers Lambert, Tim Bees and Andy Bines sailing Bidi had to fight off the advances of Alan Hicks and Fi Brown in Storm Petrel who in turn were challenged initially by Dave Bridle and Nigel Edmunds in Blue Peter and then by Mike and Imy Hare in Gelesma, with constant place changing throughout the fleet.
On the line the Bidi team held their second place and Storm Petrel took third by just a few inches from Gelesma. Huge thanks to Matt Crittenden for running the race and to everyone for making the effort to get back out on the water.
The good news is that we already have eight boats confirmed as entered for the final race of the series, the Final Fling on Sunday 7 October as follows:
Mark White – White Spirit
Simon Hipkin – Eider
Jeremy Newman – Bidi
Jarvis Simpson – Grethe
Malcolm Goodwin – Cormorant
Alan Hicks – Storm Petrel
Graham Bridle – Blue Peter
Mike/Jim/Trevor – Ruff
If anyone else is free do please come and join us as the forecast looks great and it would be lovely to give the boats one final good race before we pack them away for the winter.