Please select your home edition
Super Spars 728x90 - The Mast for You

Crouch Yacht Club Autumn Series - Race 1

by Phillip Harbott 5 Oct 2017 07:19 BST 1 October 2017
Crouch Yacht Club Autumn Series Race 1 © Phillip Harbott

The first race in the CYC Autumn Series started on Sunday with a good breeze and the rain clearing. The fleet started together, with an IRC division and local handicap.

Mantra, Phillip Harbott's Aphrodite 101 got a great start, bang on the line on the gun heading down to Number 3 with the tide. Digger Harden and Pete Jackson's Glorious Fools were also powered up for the start, with the Corby 29 owned by Duncan and Beccy Haley sailing through Mantra to leeward. The local handicap division, also with three starters today saw John Saunders in his Elan 31 Jeannie get the best start, followed by the SJ27 Grace and Danger helmed by George Clarke and Alan Hannah's Jaguar 21, Thistle.

After rounding Number 3 the fleet headed up river to Cliff and Canewdon before heading back down to Number 9. At Number 15 on the way up river, Double Trouble leading, hoisted her spinnaker first, followed by Mantra who were second on the water. Glorious Fools, the J80, managed to get through Mantra just before Cliff and the positions didn't change in IRC until Glorious Fools sailed to the wrong mark on the second up river leg, rounding Number 13 instead of Cliff Reach-, subsequently retiring on realising their error.

Double Trouble finished first followed closely by Mantra, with Mantra saving her time on the Corby, winning by over 3 minutes on handicap. In the Local Handicap fleet John Saunders was well ahead of the two smaller boats and won on corrected time from Grace and Danger, with Thistle in third.

Related Articles

EAORA Janes Cup and Thames Estuary Shield
Two events on the River Crouch On Saturday 9th June nine yachts raced from Burnham on Crouch to the River Medway for the Janes Cup. This trophy was presented jointly to the Medway Yacht Club and The Royal Engineers in 1956 by Brigadier Basil Chichester-Cook. Posted on 13 Jun
EAORA Houghton Cup
Crouch YC & The Royal Burnham YC work together Michael Wheeler and his crew onboard his beautiful Sparkman & Stephens yacht called Golden Fleece won line honours, 1st in Class and 1st Overall on Sunday representing the WMYC in the Houghton Cup race. Posted on 2 Jun
St Mathew Cup Racing at Burnham
Annual inter-club racing between the four local clubs The annual inter-club racing for the St Mathew Cup took place on Saturday, this year organised by the Burnham Sailing Club. Each of the four clubs had two Squibs with one member of each team having to be under 25. Posted on 15 May
Crouch YC Nutcracker Series Race 3
Final race of the 2017 season The last race of the season from the Crouch Yacht Club took place on Sunday and was the postponed final race in the Nutcracker series combined with the Christmas Grand Prix. The race officer was greeted by thick for and the 11am start looked unlikely. Posted on 21 Dec 2017
Crouch YC Nutcracker Series Race 2
Windward-leeward course up and down the river Race two of the Nutcracker Series started with overcast grey skies and a light North Westerly wind. The course was set to take the boats up and down the river, on a windward leeward course. Posted on 5 Dec 2017
Crouch YC Nutcracker Series Race 1
Seven yachts brave the Artic chill Thermals were the order of the day as 7 yachts braved the Artic chill of a stiff West North Westerly wind for the first race in the CYC Nutcracker Series. Posted on 28 Nov 2017
Crouch YC Autumn Series race 8
Beautiful sunshine for the last race in the series The final race in the Crouch Yacht Club Autumn Series took place on Sunday and eight boats came out in beautiful sunshine and a good 10 knot westerly to enjoy some champagne sailing. Posted on 21 Nov 2017
Peter Cashel Memorial Trophy
Crouch YC Autumn Series race 7 Before racing on Sunday, the entire Crouch Yacht Club fleet picked up moorings off Burnham War Memorial and along with Burnham Rowers, the RCYC Dragon Fleet and other yacht owners, observing the two minutes silence afloat. Posted on 13 Nov 2017
Crouch YC Autumn Series race 6
Gorgeous blue skies and blustery westerly winds Gorgeous blue skies and blustery westerly winds greeted the 10 strong fleet on Sunday, racing in the sixth race of eight in the Crouch Yacht Club Autumn Series. Posted on 6 Nov 2017
Crouch YC Autumn Series race 5
Double Trouble for Glorious Fools Seven boats competed in Sunday's race from the CYC line. In a good Northerly breeze and with an ebb tide, the fleet headed down to the Roach in order to get a beat. The first mark was Greenward followed by two laps to Jubilee and Redward. Posted on 30 Oct 2017