Fifty boats entered for this year’s Junior Camel Week at Rock Sailing & Water Ski Club, almost double the number of last year. Features of this year’s entry were a record number of Optimists and sailors from Holland and the USA. Also in the fleet were a number of young sailors from CEYS (Camel Estuary Youth Sailing) a locally sponsored group new to racing, who acquitted themselves very well, winning no fewer than five prizes in the final reckoning.
There was the usual five race series and a host of trophies to be won. Race 1 began in the lightest possible airs, giving the race team some concerns but the wind filled in to give good racing for the fleet. On the following two days the predicted Force 3 continued to provide ideal conditions with sunshine as a bonus. However, for Race 4, wind speed was up to 30 knots, leading to postponement.
The final two races of the week were sailed back-to-back in a good Force 4 which most of the fleet braved. Racing was close with only one point separating the first two boats.
The prizegiving filled the Clubhouse and with the trophies were generous prizes donated by the week’s sponsors, John Bray Cornish Holidays and Ann’s Cottage. Winner of the week overall and the Hendraburnick Cup was Fraser Woodley from Burghfield Sailing Club, sailing his Optimist, 2Speedy. In second place was Cath Lloyd in her Laser and third was Charlie Palmer, also in a Laser.
With a full social programme the week was a huge success with many first timers planning to return in 2009.
1st Fraser Woodley, Optimist
2nd Cath Lloyd, Laser
3rd Charlie Palmer, Laser
Cornish Holidays Cup - Adie and JJ Mitchell, Buzz
Junior Goblets Cup - Alex Cox Pico (CEYS)
Topper Bubbles Trophy - Rob Lloyd
Junior Cup - Adie & JJ Mitchell
Vicuna Cup – Cath Lloyd
Gul Trophy – Oliver and Rory Dinwoodie, Mirror
Denis Hapgood Laser Trophy - Cath Lloyd
Rio Rita Cup – Rob Lloyd Topper
Sampson Deane Cup – Jon Evans Laser
Junior Novice Trophy – Harry Jarvive Pico (CEYS)
Dyas Girls’ Cup - Alice Palmer and Alice Stewart, Feva
CEYS Trophy – Simon Cox, Pico
Sue Hudson Memorial Cup - Katie Bampton, Pico (CEYS)
Endeavour Trophy – Hugo Hughes, Pico (CEYS)