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Swordfish White Rose Bowl at West Riding Sailing Club

by John Gledhdill 31 May 2004 22:22 BST 29-31.05.04

The Swordfish White Rose Bowl, sponsored by Volvo, was held over the three days of the Spring Bank Holiday weekend. The event has been running since 1952. One or two old favourites were missing this year, but they were replaced by one or two Swordfish and sailors returning to the class to maintain the numbers of this venerable fleet.

The first two of the seven races were held on Saturday in promising conditions of sun and wind with the odd plane on the spinnaker reaches. There were wins for John and Jonathan Gledhill and visitor Brian Ruston from Hornsea SC sailing Steve Sharp's boat.

Gledhill took the honours again in Sunday morning's one and a half hour light airs marathon. With the wind dying further as the day progressed Ted Farrance with Julie Tree came on strongly to take two firsts to add to two earlier seconds.

Steve Sharp, back at the helm, won Sunday's only race, a gruelling drifter, before race officer Matt Cook abandoned for the day. A raft up at the final mark saw a frustrated Gledhill drop from 2nd to 5th while Farrance was wafted through from 4th to a trophy winning 2nd place.

Overall Results:

PosBoat TypeSail NoBoat NameHelmCrewClubPts
1st Swordfish 202 Dinah Ted Farrance Julie Tree West Riding SC 
2nd Swordfish 133 Giselle John Gledhill Jonathan Gledhill West Riding SC 
3rd Swordfish 211 Sea Wolf Steve Sharp Brian Ruston Hornsea SC 12 
4th Swordfish 169 Manana Mike Wallace Ellei Wrigglesworth West Riding SC 12 
5th Swordfish 216 Early Bird Alan Beecham Malcolm McDonald West Riding SC 14 

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