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Medway Yacht Club Regatta 2019

by Catherine Gore 10 Jun 2019 13:15 BST 25-27 May 2019

The Regatta Overall by Colin Weston

The move from July to the late May Bank Holiday seemed popular with 45 boats participating in the main Regatta and 11 Thames barges in the Medway Barge Match which meant that we had over 300 sailors on the water. It was very pleasing to welcome our visitors from Greenwich and Hollowshore who were rewarded with a best visitor prize this year.

Weather forecasts through the week proceeding the Regatta had the Race Officer and Committee concerned that Saturday would be a wipe out with at one time no wind forecast whatsoever. In the event the weather gods were very kind to us and we had good winds of varying strength and plenty of sunshine.

The cruisers divided into two fleets and enjoyed both long and shorter courses. On the Sunday (middle day) we introduced the Medway Challenge Race which encouraged a few extra participants who didn't fancy - or couldn't make - all three days; hopefully we can build this with more entries next year.

The Sonatas opted for a mixed format of round the cans racing and a day of windward/leewards whilst the Dragons had two days of windward/leewards and a river race on the Monday. The Squibs enjoyed some incredibly close racing with a single race each day.

Shoreside activities included a curry after the practice race on Friday. On Saturday the tired competitors were greeted by shanty singers and a hog roast as they came ashore followed by MYC's own DJs Jenny Best and David Boakes keeping them dancing until late. The Regatta Dinner was moved to Sunday and sold out with over 95 sitting down to an excellent meal. After dinner we auctioned special Whitstable Bay deckchairs provided by Shepherd Neame and raised a fantastic £510 in aid of cancer charities.

The prize-giving on Monday was well attended with a table full of silverware and glasses being handed out to tired but happy competitors;

IRC1 Overall Regatta Results: (all boats from MYC)

PosBoatClassSail NoHelmRatingR1R2R3R4
1stHellabyDavidson Quarter Ton4320Stewart0.9031111
2ndGhost TrainBeneteau 33.737RBolton0.9524422
3rdXrayBeneteau First 31.717NBaker0.9453533
4thMercurySwan Club 42962REldred1.17222DNFDNF
5thReefer XX994228Goodman‑Simpson0.963534DNF
6thZephyrosDehler 349746Zephyros0.925675DNF
7thL'Autre FemmeJ10507TStevens11766DNC

Cruiser Racing by Aaron Goodman-Simpson

27 cruisers joined other classes, in supporting this year's regatta. The club split the fleet into two divisions, with Division 1 having 10 boats, which were dual scored under both IRC and NHC and a larger Class 3 division with 17 boats. The latter division illustrating this year's successful format by the organising club to promote racing for the occasional racer and/or short-handed crew.

Over the three days, Class 1 sailed four races in total, with two in-river races on the Saturday, a longer Thames Estuary race on the Sunday and a single in-river race on the last day.

Class 3 sailed one race per day over the three day weekend, including this year's new event for Race 2 which doubled up as the "Medway River Challenge Race".

PRO Richard Stone and his team laid on near perfect courses that made the best of both the River Medway itself and our playground out in the Thames Estuary.

Clever courses, with multiple spinnaker sets and drops, gybes, tactical upwind legs, all combined to give ideal regatta sailing, generating broad smiles on competitor faces, as they came ashore for a nifty beer in the club house. Well down to all support staff who made the regatta a success, including Bar & Galley staff!

In Class 1 Robbie Stewart (Hellaby) used the regatta as a shakedown for the forthcoming Quarter Ton Cup on the Solent, managing to secure their third Regatta win in a row under both IRC and NHC rating systems. Second place was taken by Joe & Vanessa Bolton's Ghost Train (Beneteau 33.7), with third place going to Xray (Beneteau 31.7) sailed by Andrew Baker.

Class 3 were delighted to have visiting boats from both Greenwich Sailing Club and Conyer Cruising Club, and for 2020 we will warmly welcome visitors from other clubs along the East Coast. Please get in touch with the club if you want to attend next year:

The fleet in this class varied from a Limbo 22 (Festina Lente), up to a Delher 36 (Valhalla), with many varied designs in between. An excellent turn out of 17 boats made for close racing, with the overall winner being Phillip Clarabut in Elieson (Feeling 32 DK), second place went to Fals Cupper (Nicholson 32) and third place to Paul Smith's Westerly 33 Toytown.

NHC1 Overall Regatta Results: (all boats from MYC)

PosBoatClassSail NoHelmRatingNewRatingR1R2R3R4
1stHellabyDavidson Quarter Ton4320Stewart0.9320.9472621
2ndGhost TrainBeneteau 33.737RBolton0.9810.9767432
3rdXrayBeneteau First 31.717NBaker0.9820.9725843
4thL'Autre FemmeJ10507TStevens0.970.971831DNC
5thMercurySwan Club 42962REldred1.1441.16511DNFDNF
6thReefer XX994228Goodman‑Simpson0.9880.985625DNF
7thMuskrat RambleBeneteau First 32.59962Turk0.860.862377DNF
8thVegasJ92SWE1Pygall & Huckell0.950.94745DNFDNF
9thZephyrosDehler 349746Zephyros0.9660.955996DNF
10thBashaBeneteau First 35S585TRix0.9320.932DNSDNFDNFDNC

Class Three by Philip Clarabut

15 yachts set out on Saturday to compete for the class three 2019 regatta trophy under the NHC handicap system. The majority of the fleet were sailing under white sail. The first of the three races saw the fleet spread out relatively quickly under winds that were fickle at times with the odd gust up to 16 knots. The smaller boats showed their strength in these airs.

Race two, which also included the Challenge Trophy, saw the fleet go out in to the Estuary and some very close racing was to be seen. With gusts up to 24knots it was those boats that had reefed on the downwind leg just before the leeward mark in preparation for the long beat home that benefited. The larger boats paved the way but there were seconds between the leading yachts on corrected time.

With three points separating the leading four yachts it was all down to race three. The wind blowing from the West at around 12knots enabled the race committee to set an upriver start. The fleet were extremely close at the windward mark before the run down river. The race committee set a course that included all angles of sailing including three windward beats. Similar to race two the results on corrected time between the leading boats was a matter of seconds.

The regatta was a very well organised event with fantastic sailing and great courses. The event shows that all yachts of any shape and size can compete in the Medway Keelboat Regatta.

NHC3 River Challenge Results:

PosBoatClassSail NoClubHelmRatingNewRatingR1
1stEleisonFeeling 32 DK9524MYCClarabut0.8740.8911
2ndSulisDehler 35CWS7680MYCGriffiths0.9580.9712
3rdToytownWesterly 332149MYCSmith P0.9220.9323
4thEllidaSwan 3829RMYCThomson0.9230.9334
5thFals CappaNicholson 322415HCCThorne0.8580.8615
6thAstralBavaria 3383LMYCAndrews0.9560.9556
7thFestina LenteLimbo 6.6L119GYCWood & Kellaway0.8730.8717
8thBarracudaHanse 34178LMYCLennox0.9360.9338
9thSuntrekWesterly GK24236MYCVine0.8310.8289
10thFirst KnightBeneteau First 2548TCCCSutton0.9060.90210
11thSurfeitHunter 7077063MYCFry0.9840.97711
12thCaroline VCarter 3001TGYCWillis0.8610.85312
13thBlueprintSoutherly 35 RSSSMYCHarris0.9210.91513
14thValhallaDehler 3660TMYCNixon0.950.94214
15thFreyaBavaria Cruiser 3497TMYCSmith S0.9180.90815
16thSilver LiningSonata8421MYCOwens0.8310.831DNF
16thArabesqueGib'Sea 8427LMYCBartlett0.8910.891DNF

NHC3 Overall Regatta Results:

PosBoatClassSail NoClubHelmRatingNewRatingR1R2R3
1stEleisonFeeling 32 DK9524MYCClarabut0.8740.901611
2ndFals CappaNicholson 322415HCCThorne0.8580.867444
3rdToytownWesterly 332149MYCSmith P0.9220.936535
4thSulisDehler 35CWS7680MYCGriffiths0.9580.9711122
5thFestina LenteLimbo 6.6L119GYCWood & Kellaway0.8730.878276
6thFirst KnightBeneteau First 2548TCCCSutton0.9060.901863
7thSuntrekWesterly GK24236MYCVine0.8310.83387
8thBarracudaHanse 34178LMYCLennox0.9360.93495DNC
9thSilver LiningSonata8421MYCOwens0.8310.8591DNFDNC
10thCaroline VCarter 3001TGYCWillis0.8610.861710DNF
11thValhallaDehler 3660TMYCNixon0.950.91614128
12thSurfeitHunter 7077063MYCFry0.9840.974109DNC
13thArabesqueGib'Sea 8427LMYCBartlett0.8910.86315DNF9
14thBlueprintSoutherly 35 RSSSMYCHarris0.9210.8991311DNC
15thFreyaBavaria Cruiser 3497TMYCSmith S0.9180.8941213DNC

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