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Birketts Decanter 2014 at Royal Harwich Yacht Club

by Matthew Rowe 29 Sep 2014 11:51 BST 23 September 2014
Birketts Decanter 2014 © Alan Shipperlee

On Thursday 25 September 2014, lawyers Birketts LLP ran their annual event for the Birketts Decanter, for guests from the shipping and logistics industry. This event is held at Royal Harwich Yacht Club in Ajaxes (23ft three person keelboats). The owners of the Ajax fleet donate the proceeds towards the Club's junior and youth training programme and last year bought two new training optimists. These Optimists can be seen in action here.

This year, we were lucky to have warm sunny weather with a good breeze from the west for six quick short races over two hours. Racing was close and places changed throughout, but despite the presence of insurers, claims handlers and shipping and employment lawyers there were no incidents, protests or injuries at work! The emphatic winner was Rob Cage from Travelers ably crewed by our own Graham Kershaw and Ajax owner John Williams. Most importantly however everyone came ashore exhilarated from two hours of hard sailing and a number of newcomers to sailing enjoyed helming their first races.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoBoat NameOwner/SkipperHelmCrewR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
114ThundererJohn WilliamsRob Cage (Travelers)Graham Kershaw (Birketts)1111115
229PegasusJames SkellornKatie Brooks (BAP)Robin Smith (BAP)52252213
371DionysiusDoug SharpDuncan Russell (Servest)Matt Potter (Birketts)23464316
420GullimotDavid MainSarah Wallace (Standard Club)Henry Adams (Birketts)36323617
523PuffinDavid PearceBob Page (Port of Felixstowe) Catherine Johnson (Birketts)44548825
626TealBob TateJames Walters (Gray Page)Brian Maeng (Birketts)75675427
734SiriusKen HoweAndrew Craig Bennett (COSCO (UK))Alex Davey (Birketts)DNSDNSDNS36534
862PrometheusTim ArcherAnnie O’Sullivan (Standard Club)Duncan McGregor (Birketts)67787735

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