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Three Club Burgee Team Racing at Thames Sailing Club

by Rob Cage 8 Jul 2004 16:19 BST June 2004

Thames Sailing Club was the venue for the 2004 3 Club Burgee Team Race.

First sailed for the 1930's this event is hotly contested between the Thames based clubs near Kingston, Thames SC, Minima SC and Tamesis SC.

Held in Firelies, the first race saw Tamesis win the start, but were sailed over in the puffy conditions by Thames, who never relinquished their 2,3,4 wining combination

In the next race Minima started well but were quickly pushed back by some expert team racing tactics by Jon Redding of Tamesis, who went on to win 1,2,4

Minima also came off worst in their first match with Thames, who managed to lock into a 1,2,3

The 2nd Thames Tamesis match was very close with both one team and then the other holding wining combinations, eventually the team racing skills of Jon Redding and Jeremy Vines overcame the boat speed of Rob Cage and Miles Palmer as Tamesis got into a 1,2,4 which they quickly converted to 1,2,3.

In the last 2 matches, Tamesis despatched Minima 1,2,3 as did Thames.

Overall Thames and Tamesis had equal points, and had taken a race off each other. The Match was decided on the basis that Tamesis had beaten Thames by more than Thames had beaten Tamesis. In so doing Tamesis so retained the 3 Burgee Trophy for another year

Overall Results:

Thames 9 vs Tamesis 11 ¾
Minima 13 vs Tamesis 7 ¾
Thames 5 ¾ vs Minima 15
Thames 15 vs Tamesis 5 ¾
Minima 15 Vs Tamesis 5 ¾
Thames 5 ¾ Vs Minima 15

Tamesis wining Team:
Jon and Jo Redding
Jeremy and Caroline Vines
Mandy Henderson and Caroline Croft

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