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Osprey wins Fastest Boat Trophy at CVRDA National Rally

by David Downs 20 Jul 2015 17:10 BST 18-19 July 2015
Ros and David Downs win Fastest Boat Trophy at CVRDA National Rally © Alan Henderson

Osprey sail number 1114, Just Pogo, joined an interesting variety of other boats at the CVRDA National Rally at Roadford Lake on the edge of Dartmoor on the 18th and 19th July.

The fleet included three International 14s from the 40s, 50s and 60s, three Magnum design Moths, three Finns, three Albacores and three "Hit" dinghies of which only 33 were apparently ever built!

Along with a number of other classic dinghies, the Osprey was a bit quick for the rest and led from start to finish in every race, apart from Race 4 when the main halyard came undone and the sail fell down!

The Osprey Just Pogo (40 years old) thus won the fastest boat trophy on her debut in this event. After the CVRDA handicaps were applied the Osprey came 3rd overall beaten by a Moth and an Albacore.

At the Concours d'Elegance on Saturday night, Just Pogo picked up the trophy for best looking boat on the water.

It was a fun and relaxing weekend and perhaps we could get a few other old Ospreys to the event next year. Ospreys of course are built to last, and many boats like Just Pogo are still very competitive on the open meeting circuit.

Many older wooden boats will be among the contenders against modern FRP examples at the forthcoming Osprey Nationals at Highcliffe SC, starting this Thursday 23 July, and finishing 26 July.

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