Check out this great on board footage from Nigel Edmunds of this weekend’s regatta.
We may have been a slightly reduced fleet for this year’s BOD Regatta, but that didn’t stop it being a brilliant weekend of sailing and partying.
On the water it was C32 Avocet’s weekend with Jeremy and Olly Newman and Stuart Phillips taking overall victory with an impressive five first places to count. Fleet newcomer Joe Harman, crewed by Derick Gentry and Nigel Edmunds in Malcolm Goodwin’s C1 Jean, showed that he certainly has what it takes to give the rest of the fleet a run for their money by coming second. Third place officially went to Mark White, Dick Stephens and Chris Nunn in C53 White Spirit.
Huge thanks must go to Martin Worth and Alice Davies and the entire race management team who did such a great job of providing the races for us.
Ashore Saturday night’s amazing BOD Summer Party was a triumph thanks to the huge hard work by our hosts Jeremy and Nicky Newman and their amazing helpers. The weather was perfect, the hospitality was perfect and the company was perfect – what more can you ask for!
We have two more Sunday BOD races before the start of Pyefleet Week. On Sunday 23 July its the Reg White Trophy from BSC with an 14.00 start and on Sunday 30 July we have the Commodore’s Cup at 14.15 from the CYC Bateman’s Tower Line.
And then of course it’s Pyefleet Week! It looks like we will have a fleet of 18 boats out so some great racing ahead of us.
Don’t forget that the BOD 90th Anniversary Regatta and Summer Garden Party are fast approaching on Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 July. Follow the links below for the Notice of Race and Online Entry. Sailing Instructions will be issued at registration on Saturday at BSC.
The programme for the event is as follows:
Saturday 15 July
11.30 to 12.30 – Registration at BSC
12.30 – Competitor Briefing at BSC
14.00 – First start for up to 3 races
19.00 – BOD Summer Garden Party at Jeremy & Nicky Newman’s (directions from firstname.lastname@example.org)
Sunday 16 July
14.00 – First start for up to 3 races
ASAP after racing – Prize Giving at CYC
The splits for Learning & Skills Solutions Pyefleet Week 2017 have been confirmed and we will be racing Sun pm, Mon am, Tue pm, Big Wed all in pm, Thur am, Fri pm and Sat am.
Don’t forget we have the BOD Back To School Night on Monday so look out your gym slips and shorts!
Full details at www.pyefleetweek.com
The funeral for Geoff Payne has been arranged for Friday 30th June at 14:00 at Weeley Church. The family have suggested that people park in the back entrance to Hilltop Nursery and walk to Weeley church (5 mins). The nursery will be shut for the day so no access from the main road. There is limited parking at the church should it be required.
It is with the greatest sadness that we advise you that early today (Monday 12 June) the irrepressible, warm and wonderful Geoff Payne crossed his final finish line. Geoff was an incredible supporter of the BOD fleet, famously owning Viking for a number of years.
Our thoughts are with his wife Margaret, sons John, Andrew and Stephen and his family and friends.
We will share details of the funeral when they are available.
Rowhedge Regatta is always one of the highlights of the BOD season and this year’s edition was an epic with strong gusty winds, glorious sunshine and a fabulous welcome ashore.
Celia Charlton at the helm of C30 Sarah Louise got the best start off the Bateman’s line with the entire 9 strong fleet hugging the Mersea shore to keep out of the tide as they set off downriver on a course that took the fleet around Big Buoy, No 8 and then Mersea Wreck before heading direct to Rowhedge.
Hard on her heels were Mark White in C53 White Spirit, Alan Hicks in C54 Storm Petrel and Geoff Gritton in C56 Never Say Never who were jostling for position as they rounded Mersea Stone. Just behind the leading group Phil Rust in C16 Dulcet and Danny Fox in C8 Egret kept clear of the dog fight and began to make ground. Mark Wilby sailing C75 The Mike made a great start too but was further out into the tide and soon found himself dropping back as those inshore took advantage of the significantly reduced current.
It was nip and tuck on the beat out with plenty of place changes and some very close crosses. As they came to the turn upriver at No 8 it was Never Say Never leading with a narrow margin over Storm Petrel and Dulcet. Sue Bouckley sailing C50 Eider had started badly some yards behind the pack, but sailed a superb first beat to round No 8 in fourth place. Behind her White Spirit and Egret rounded overlapped and were followed in by Sarah Louise.
With the breeze regularly gusting over 20 knots the fleet made a spectacular sight as they hoisted their spinnakers for the long run to Rowhedge. As they reached Mersea Stone Dulcet had managed to pass Storm Petrel and hardened up a little to get inside Mersea Wreck Never Say Never elected to drop their spinnaker giving those behind the chance to make ground and ultimately loosing him several places.
It was true champagne sailing as they headed upriver towards Alresford Creek with the boats regularly powering up onto the plane on the gusts. Several boats suffered the speed wobbles but it was Dulcet that came closest to grief when their spinnaker guy twinning line popped out of the cleat destabilising the spinnaker suddenly and causing them to broach violently. For a few seconds the team in the support boat thought they were going to be called into action, but quick thinking by crew Jess Rust and Piers Lamber, who hopped out onto the plate, just saved the day. Although they got her back on her feet they scooped in half the Colne in the process and had a lot of pumping to do while Storm Petrel held onto the lead.
Egret meanwhile had been quietly making ground and as the river narrowed on the approach to Wivenhoe their policy of staying low on the Wivenhoe shore paid off and as the fleet worked its way through the painful doldrums of Prior Wharf and the Colne Barrier just inches separated Egret and Storm Petrel. As they picked up the first of some huge gusts coming through Wivenhoe Egret was just ahead and the gap between the two opened and closed as they hit the gusts and lulls.
The final approach to the finish provided a terrific spectacle as Storm Petrel made numerous attempts to pass Egret, almost doing so on several occasions, but on the line Egret just hung onto the lead to claim the Rowhedge Regatta Trophy with Storm Petrel second, White Spirit third and Dulcet fourth.
Once ashore Rowhedge delivered its usual wonderful welcome with free drinks for all the crews, some terrific food offerings, great stalls and lovely traditional entertainment. The BODs were followed home by the smacks whose awesome power and gleaming varnish and brass held everyone spellbound.
Six of the fleet stayed on to take part in the downriver race for the Ian Brown Trophy and provided the spectators with plenty of thrills and spills as they lined up and shorted tacked out of the village and down through Wivenhoe. White Spirit and The Mike led off the line with Egret third but by the time the fleet had cleared Priors Wharf and the last of the moorings it was Egret in the lead for the drag race home. Egret held her lead all the way back to the finish to make it a resounding two out of two.
A wonderful day was had by all and huge thanks must go to the Rowhedge Regatta organisers who did us proud and to Nick Readings for the loan of his big RIB and the high volume pump, which ultimately weren’t needed but which were a welcome reassurance for the fleet.
Next weekend we have a weekend off formal BOD racing, although there is BSC Club racing for those who still want to sail, so our next official BOD event is Wivenhoe Regatta on Saturday 24 June. Thursday nights will continue as usual in the meantime.