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Wayfarer Easterns at Waldringfield Sailing Club

by Neil Fletcher 29 May 2013 12:19 BST 25-26 May 2013
Wayfarer Easterns at Waldringfield © Alexis Smith

A friendly, competitive bunch of Wayfarers arrived for the 'Wayfarer Easterns' at Waldringfield Sailing Club on 25-26 May. They were treated to the finest weather of the season so far.

Race 1 began with a flood tide. Richard and Mark Hartley reached the top mark first, avoiding a capsize, and won. Mike McNamara and Simon Townsend took 2nd with Mike and Rani Pert taking advantage of place changes in 3rd.

Race 2 was a complicated course, Tips (P), Blue (STARBOARD), Finish - with only 6 boats completing it correctly. Bill Whitney took 1st with Mike Pert 2nd having made big gains with many retiring ahead of him.

Race 3 included Green Point a mark rarely used in club racing halfway between Waldringfield and Denmark. Mike Mac led at the top mark and Hartley's brave decision to go to the right shore didn't pay off resulting with him going for a swim. Refreshed, he fought back to take 6th.

Race 4 consisted of a long beat on the flood tide. Downwind the island and covered mudflats made it difficult for visitors. Locals Roger Challis and Mark Johnston led by the leeward mark, but it didn't last with Mike Mac was 1st, Hartley's 2nd and Challis 3rd.

Race 5 the finale was long beat but shortened to Tips. Leaders approached the mark in fading wind and locals, the Perts, arrived with the returning wind finishing with a single tack, snatching the race from McNamara by 2 feet.

Certainly everyone left the water tired, having experienced tidal river sailing at its best.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1st10648M MacManaraS Townsend2(RTD)1126
2nd8844M PertR Pert324(RTD)110
3rd10688W WhitneyK Vincett5134‑913
4th10918R HartleyM Hartley1(RTD)62514
5th9644N FletcherC Edwards8397‑1327
6th10710M McKechnieG Ireland9(RTD)76729
6th10680J GoudieS Hall10412‑12329
8th8200M LakeR Parkinson7(RTD)88831
9th10934B LambS Pygall4(RTD)5OCS632
10th10601L FaibuschW Cleaverly‑13610111138
10th10797B ClausenH Hansen12(RTD)2101438
12th9174R ChallisM JohnstonDNSDNS(DNS)3441
13th10777R PerryS Swaine11(RTD)11131247
13th10588J HaileJ Parish6(RTD)159DSQ47
15th6286T GearyP Johnson14513DNF(DNS)49
16th10906I ClarkeM Acaster15(RTD)14141053
  • Winner of Peter Strauss Memorial Trophy (for being 1st in the 1st race) Richard and Mark Hartley
  • Winner of Aldeburgh Yacht Club Trophy (for being 1st in the 2nd race) Bill Whitney and Keith Vincett
  • Winner of Stone Sailing Club Trophy (for being 1st in the 3rd Race) Mike MacManara and Simon Townsend
  • Winner of Dapchicks Sailing Club Trophy (for being 1st in the 5th Race) Mike and Rani Pert
  • Winner of the First Women Trophy Liz Faibusch and William Cleaverly

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