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Scarborough Yacht Club Winter Series Race 4

by Chris Clark 10 Mar 2020 13:27 GMT 8 March 2020
(l-r) Jane Stockdale, Roger Buxton & Julie Buxton after race 4 of the Scarborough Yacht Club Winter Series © SYC

After two earlier cancellations Scarborough Yacht Club's Race No. 4, a phased Clas Start, took place on Sunday in perfect but gusty racing conditions underneath a dramatic sky that promised sun, squalls, and hailstones in equal measure.

Team of the Race mention has to go to the Leeds University Sailing Club members on board training yacht Miss Moneypenny, one of the Hunter 707 class. At 1:10pm, 20 minutes before race start, the yacht was knocked over by a gust of wind (see pic) and it took 1 - 2 minutes before the crew were able to get it upright. Scarborough lifeboat was alerted but did not launch. Not only did the trainee crew recover the yacht unaided, but started the race on time, and finished in third position.

As with the January race, the Race Station Bee Sharp placed the IRC and SYC classes on a triangular Course E pattern passing buoys 8, 6, 5, and 3 to port, and the 707 Class racers on course K, Buoys 8, 5, and 3, Easterly and back, passing buoys to port. The 707s did 3 laps, the other vessels on Course E did two. Course decisions are normally taken just prior to the start to take the latest sailing conditions into account. (A course map is attached.)

It was Commodore Roger Buxton's last flag ceremony today, so accompanied by Lady Commodore Julie Buxton, there was a bigger air of celebration in the club today, perhaps accompanied by a sense of an era coming to an end. The cheers shook the foundations of the lighthouse. A new Commodore will be voted in next month.

Scarborough Yacht Club congratulates Teams Vado, Black Sheep, and Dash, and gives special Team of the Race recognition to the Leeds University trainee crew on Miss Moneypenny for their valiant recovery from their spill, and subsequent 3rd place win.

Race 4 Results:

IRC Class
1. Vado, an Aphrodite owned by Steve and Win Russell
2. Vision, an SJ320 owned by Jon Livesey
3. Revenge, aSigma 33owned by Alan Smith, Steve Martin & Paul Coopland

707 Class
1. Black Sheep, owned by Steve Parker and Tom Clark
2. A Grand Day Out owned by Steve Bramham and Richard Littlewood
3. Miss Moneypenny, training yacht on loan to Scarborough Yacht Club

SYC Class
1. Dash, a Sadler 34 owned by Martin Donnelly
2. Little Jeannie, a Van de Stadt Vita owned by Kelvin Robertson
3. Takaza, an Etap 28i owned by Kevin Chatt

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