Dinghy Racing

Susanna May Memorial Cup

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Susanna May Memorial Cup Sunday 28th July S 15-30Kts Average Lap – Triangle CBG

Gusts to 30+knots did not deter visiting dinghy sailors pitting their skills against regular HRSC racers. 25 sailors set out for what has become since the mid 70’s a popular friendly on Helford’s calendar sponsored by Fido May – one of HRSC’s founding families.

Looking for shelter from a strongly gusting southerly on the south shore, Race Officers Steve Kestin & Sue Alder set the start line north of Central mark for a short beat to Bosahan in an attempt to keep a diverse fleet together for an hour’s fun racing. A 50 degree wind shift after the start spoilt the initial plan as the fleet alternately beat and reached to Bosahan but close racing was achieved overall with 20 fine seconds between the first four boats.

The Poole based Alder family had clearly been making great use of the Dorset waters dominating the visitor’s positions. Charlie could have had a podium finish had he not mistaken the shortened course hooter for his finish. Young Rosie Alder (4th) won Lady Helm just 12 seconds behind Tim Alder her father at third – both in Toppers and it was Jamie Alder recognised as Junior Sailor of the day in Feva.

Amy Sharp in her second race in Laser 4.7 had chosen the perfect rig alongside the Topper for the day – had a great race but capsized agonisingly close to the finish line and a medal much to the chivalrous concern of her beau, Ollie Berryman who diverted his RS400 from the racing line.

Emma J demonstrated a novel method of sailing a Laser with plucky crew as masthead – but along with a sizable proportion of the fleet received a dunking or several and retired. Not so Lucy’s upright triple handed Yawl replete with 300lbs ballast & Keel competing favourably with Andy Biggs N12 and Andy Hosking’s Laser 2.

Risking their spinnaker Roger McDonald and Beccy Kestin wibble wobbled the RS 400 about the short course in fine style staying upright to take 2nd place two tiny seconds behind one very surprised Stephen Brooks in Laser.

Results

1st Stephen Brooks, 2nd Roger McDonald, 3rd Tim Alder
1st Lady Helm: Rosie Alder
Junior Sailor: Jamie Alder

Captain Dinghies Andy Biggs thanks all those supporting the fleet on the day
Race Officer: Steve Kestin, Sue Alder
Safety & Photography: David Blanning, Julian Samuel

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Posted by Jeff in Dinghies on Wednesday July 31, 2013
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