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60th Endeavour Trophy Day 1 - Thames A Rater champs take overnight lead on a mixed day of results

by Sue Pelling 10 Oct 07:51 BST 8-10 October 2021
Startline action on day 1 of the 60th Endeavour Trophy © Sue Pelling

Light winds and extremely strong Spring tides threatened to disrupt the opening day of the 60th anniversary Endeavour Trophy but instead four races took place in challenging, shifty conditions, writes Sue Pelling.

It was a day of mixed results with a different winner in virtually every race, but it was the Thames A Rater national champions - Ben Palmer and Amy Seabright - who won the day with a consistent set of results, which included 2,2,2,11 scoreline. They managed to beat five-time Endeavour champ Nick Craig, and Katie Burridge by just one point in the overnight standings.

A delighted Palmer said the benefit of river sailing a Thames A-Rater on the narrows at Kingston-upon-Thames really paid dividends today:

"We regularly race Raters on the river, which is quite similar to what we saw today and short tacking up a bank is what we do. Actually the river at Kingston is narrower than here, so I think that really helped us today. Weighing in a just 125kg between us was also a big advantage today. Overall we really enjoyed it and doing so well today is a real bonus."

Craig who is a known heavy weather expert was genuinely amazed at his consistency today (three fourths and a sixth place):

"I am quite shocked how fast we sailed today given the fact I am not really that keen on light airs. We did much better than expected so we are really happy with that. We managed to get the starts right and from there on everything just seemed to go the right way."

And plans for tomorrow? "I am not denying the fact we'd love 20kts but that is not going to happen so we will be continuing where we left off today."

Getting the start right today, in the strong tides was one of the biggest challenges, which caught out many including a gaggle of Olympic medallists. Tokyo gold medallist Stuart Bithell/Jessica Hammett suffered one OCS and was black-flagged. Olympian Luke Patience/Mary Henderson who led the opening race also suffered an OCS, leaving Tom and Isabelle Stewart (National 12) to secure a well-deserved first place.

Arron Holman and Toby Lewis (RS200) maintained a string of top 10 results, which left them in overnight third place just ahead of Patience/Henderson in fourth. Commenting on the secret of success in the tricky, light conditions, Patience said:

"In conditions like we had today the key is to first get a good start and not be over the line! The aim then was to try to make a clear path strategically not necessarily tactically. For us today it was a case of just trying to make sure we were in the right part of the 'ocean' all the time, while keeping in clear air."

Although results will change significantly tomorrow when discards come into play, it is good to see so many junior teams in the running. Among those who really sailed impressively today were Patrick Bromilow and Tabitha Davies (Optimist) who weigh just 90kg. This lightweight team made some first class starts and opened the day's racing with two third places.

Bromilow (13) commenting on his results said: "Today was all about tidal advantages and keeping up the momentum. We also had some good starts, which of course helps in these tricky conditions. It was fun and we are looking forward to tomorrow where we plan to do more of the same in the light winds expected."

One of the highlights of the day that will doubtless be remembered for many years to come is the final race win by Millie Irish (17) and Joe Warwicker (16). This pair (RS Feva) stormed off from the startline, made the most of the strong ebbing tide, sailed their own race and won by one minute 15 seconds.

An elated Irish said: "I am so happy. My dad [Steve Irish - Endeavour coach] will definitely not believe it." Commenting on how they won, Millie added: "We went right up the first beat in the tide and just focused on ourselves and had the advantage of clear air. Also it was imperative to hug the north shore out of the tide on the long run. Can't wait for tomorrow."

Back on shore this evening competitors and guests enjoyed the grand 60th anniversary Endeavour dinner with special guest speakers Keith Musto, Olympic silver medallist (1964 Tokyo Olympics) and first ever Endeavour winner in 1961, joining forces on 'stage' with Stuart Bithell, gold medallist (2021 Tokyo Olympics).

The final four races of the eight race series concludes tomorrow. First start 10.30.

Results after Day 1:

PosSail NoHelmCrewR1R2R3R4Pts
1stThames A RaterBen PalmerAmy Seabright2221117
2ndRS400Nick CraigKatie Burridge464418
3rdRS200Arran HolmanToby Lewis945725
4thOlympian 470Luke PatienceMary HendersonOCS11336
5thNational 12Tom StewartIsobel Stewart11917946
6thSoloAndy DavisPippa Kilsby72131546
7thRS Aero 5Andrew FrostHamish Walker69131947
8thOspreyMatthew BurgeTom Pygall108121848
9thRS FevaMillie IrishJoe Warwicker211811151
10thOptimistPatrick BromilowTabitha Davies33232352
11thContenderSan BarkerSamuel MottersheadOCS146253
12thMerlinChristian BirrellMatt Mee513BFD554
13thMusto SkiffSam PascoeMegan Pascoe161715654
14th29erFlorence BrellisfordBen Hutton Penman201171755
15thGP14Mike SeniorLiz Senior82781356
16thRS800Tom MorrisGuy Fillmore111092858
17thGraduateIsaac MarshFresh Abendstern1512181459
18thEuropeSteve CockerillSarah Cockerill222014864
19thTasarRick PerkinsSarah Perkins147252268
20thBlazeBen HardenEden Hyland1815102669
21stILCA4Max SteeleFlynn Davies1316202574
22ndCherubAndrew PetersJill Peters1222BFD1277
23rdCadetHannah CarruthersAlan Krailing1923162179
24thSupernovaAlistair GoodwinCliff Milllner2626191081
25thOlympianStuart BithellJessica HammettOCS5BFD1683
26th420Ella LanceWill Martin1725242086
27thRS Aero 9Ben RolfeClara Jones23292127100
28th2000Rob BurridgeSarah Burridge2424BFD24103
29thRS600George SmithElliot Marks27302229108
30thCometEddie PopeChris Hatton25282630109
31stLarkHarry PynnStephen VideloDNCDNCDNCDNC128

Brief history of the Endeavour Trophy

The Endeavour Trophy is a solid silver scale model of the J Class yacht Endeavour presented annually to the Champion of Champions at the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, Burnham-on-Crouch.

The origin of the trophy stems from Tom Sopwith's J Class yacht Endeavour, America's Cup Challenge in 1934. Following a pay dispute and dismissal of his east coast-based professional crew, Sopwith teamed up with 'Tiny' Mitchell, the Commodore of the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club at the time, to recruit amateur members of the club to form a crew.

Although Endeavour won the first two races against Rainbow, and lost the series, this was the closest England ever came to winning the coveted America's Cup.

In recognition of this achievement, Robin Judah - respected member of the RCYC - established a series of races for dinghy sailors in order to determine the overall dinghy champion of champions from the UK's most popular dinghy racing classes. Beecher Moore, former Endeavour crew, and marketing man behind the successful dinghy designer Jack Holt, joined Judah in his quest to run this event and presented for the overall winner, his solid silver scale model of the yacht.

The first invitation-only race took place in 1961 and the winners were Peter Bateman and Keith Musto, representing the International Cadet class. The event is now recognised as one of the ultimate achievements in British dinghy racing.

The competition is exceptionally challenging and those who qualify through winning their own class championship, are given the opportunity to race equally talented sailors in this unique, highly demanding two-day event on the River Crouch.

Given the diverse entry, which includes singlehanded, doublehanded, heavy and lightweight crews, and to ensure the racing is as fair as possible, carefully selected, strict one-designs are chosen for the event. The original idea back in 1961 was to use the club's own fleet of 15 Royal Corinthian One-Designs but they were considered too specialist and would have placed a perpetual limit on the number of entries. The first event was, therefore, sailed in Enterprises.

Since then numerous one-design classes have been used for the event including the GP14, Laser 2, Lark, Enterprise, RS400, Topper Xenon, and the Topper Argo. The 13ft (4m) Phil Morrison-designed RS200 - a smaller version of the RS400 - has been the chosen class for the Endeavour Championship since 2015. It weighs in at 78kg and is an ideal choice to suit a wide crew-weight range.

Current Endeavour Champions (2019 winners) - Ben Saxton and Toby Lewis

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