Vintage Merlin Porteous Cup at Tamesis Club
by John Dunkley on 15 Oct 2010
9 October 2010
Porteous Cup for Vintage Merlins at Tamesis © Stewart Colley
Mike Stephens wins Porteous and Southcott Cups
The Porteus Cup and the Southcott Cup, part of the de May series for vintage Merlin Rockets, were won by Mike Stephens and Nicky Erskin-Tulloch sailing Flinkidink (1097) at Tamesis on Saturday 9 October.
The 18 competitors enjoyed a sunny day with a force 2-3 easterly wind. Race Officer James Fox sent them beyond Stevens Eyot part way to Kingston Bridge for the longer first race, with the two shorter courses after lunch in front of the Clubhouse. Visitors came from Hunts, Upper Thames, Hampton and Minima.
The de May series is reaching its climax with only Hampton’s meeting, on Saturday 16 October, to complete the series. Leading the way is Mike Stephens, closely followed by Ben Marshall of Minima YC and Nick Crickmore of Waveney and Oulton Broad YC.
1st Flinkidink (1079) Mike Stephens & Nicky Erskin-Tulloch (Tamesis)
2nd Lady Anne (1978) Charlie Morgan & Hayley Manning (Tamesis)
3rd Restless IV (1222) Richard Page & Katie Cruickshank (Hampton SC)
4th Bambusa (847) Peter Mason & Paul Jamieson (Tamesis)
5th Pooh (1189) Ben Marshall & Pippa (Minima YC)