Please select your home edition
Leaderboard new launch 2023 Spring

Cherub 2021 Inland Championship at Queen Mary Sailing Club

by Oliver Goolden 30 Nov 2021 07:07 GMT 20-21 November 2021

Eight Cherubs returned to Queen Mary Sailing Club for some close racing at the 2021 Inland Championship. Saturday morning began slightly moist and with light winds; regular crews and new pairings rigged up their boats in anticipation of the first race at midday.

Joe White made final tweaks to his boat 'Duck Wars' with help from dad Ade and guest helm Jimmy for the boat's first sail in his ownership.

All 8 boats then launched into sub 10kts westerly breeze and sailed down to the start-line on the east side of reservoir. Saturday's racing was tactical; helms who decided to sail to the right-hand side of the beat were sometimes rewarded with lifts but sometimes punished by the disturbed wind off the dredger.

Racing was close and battles were fought throughout the fleet. The new pairing of Jimmy and Joe improved on their position with each race, to end the day with a bullet in race 3, taking the race win from Andy and Jill- national champions on home water who were winners of the first two races.

Once off the water, the fleet regrouped at Andy and Jill's house before all going for a curry followed by several drinks at the pub.

Sunday's wind was considerably fruitier than Saturday, with some sailors opting to spectate from the shore rather than launch into the gusty 20kt breeze. Crootie and Whapshott in 'Marmite' dominated the racing with 3 race wins, taking the regatta lead from Andy and Jill in 'Usagi'.

Close racing was had by the two 97 rules boats 'Nautilus' and 'king Tubby' in the big breeze, with some dramatic downwind rides. First time Cherub crew Charlie discovered the indescribable feeling of bouncing downwind in a Cherub in 20kts, letting out a "Wow" as 'King Tubby' accelerated in a gust.

Well done to Crootie and Whapshott in 'Marmite' who are the 2021 Cherub inland champions, and thanks to Queen Mary SC for well run racing with fast turnarounds.

This event concludes the 2021 Cherub travellers' series, we are looking forward to the next open meeting in spring 2022!

Overall Results:

PosBoatSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1stMarmite3212Paul CrooteAndrew WhapshottCVLSC22‑41117
2ndUsagi Yojimbo 3202Andrew PetersJill PetersQueen Mary SC112(DNC)228
3rdNautilus Pompilius2680Oliver GooldenRaif SmithCovenham SC5‑7724321
4thKing Tubby2650Martyn DenchfieldCharlie CotterStaunton Harold SC‑65633421
5thDuck Wars3209James RuddimanJoseph WhiteMount Batten SC731(DNS)DNCDNC29
6thEleanor3208Dave ChingJames HughesPoole Yacht Club443(DNC)DNCDNC29
7thPoppy3216Jamie PearsonWill SymondsRNDBYC365(DNC)DNCDNC32
8thA+E3215Jonny O'ConnorAlex HarrisDee SC888(RET)DNCDNC42

Related Articles

Cherubs at the Rutland Skiff Open 2023
Round 1 of the Travellers' Trophy Series Four Cherubs descended on Rutland for their annual asymmetric open and round one of the Cherub travellers' trophy during the first weekend in March, that's quite early in the year, it could be quite cold? Posted on 11 Mar
Sheppey Cherub Open
Penultimate event in the 2022 Travellers' Series Welcome back dear readers to the penultimate event in the Cherub Travellers' Series. After a windy and wavy nationals, our competitors could have been forgiven for wanting a more relaxing event, no such luck. Posted on 8 Oct 2022
Cherub Nationals at Mumbles
A tale to last the ages of mighty winds, wild waves and some pretty little Cherubs A tale to last the ages of mighty winds, wild waves and some pretty little Cherubs. Oh do I need to mention the rain? Posted on 1 Sep 2022
Mark Paterson - outstanding sailing talent dies
Mark Paterson came close to winning NZ's third Olympic gold medal at Montreal in 1976 Mark Paterson was a fierce competitor in everything he did but there was one fight he ultimately couldn't win. Paterson is being remembered after he died last week after a long battle with Huntington's Disease. He was 73. Posted on 13 Aug 2022
Cherubs at the Weymouth Dinghy Regatta 2022
The sunshine definitely didn't disappoint Six Cherubs made the trip to Castle Cove for Weymouth Dinghy Regatta, and the sunshine definitely didn't disappoint. The wind was a little less cooperative with an hour's postponement on the Saturday whilst we waited for the sea breeze. Posted on 16 Jul 2022
Riviera Cherub in Monaco
No T-Foils, twin wire, big rigs, bigger grins Riviera Cherub, a simple concept. Collect boats that were great to sail in 2005. Refurbish and fit all with similar sail plans. Sail them against each other somewhere warm. Posted on 19 Jun 2022
Cherubs at the Weymouth Skiff Open
Sailing alongside the Musto Skiffs, International 14s and B14s Six boats made the journey to WPNSA for the inaugural Skiff open alongside the Musto Skiffs, International 14s and B14s. Saturday started with a light breeze and sunshine with the promise of the sea breeze filling in during racing. Posted on 26 May 2022
UK Cherub fleet at Rutland Skiff Event
With the class-owned boat now available to hire Five fearless, flighty and in some cases, furry Cherubs arrived at Rutland from all points of the UK. A variety of colours graced the lawn of the club as we rigged up ready for the briefing. Posted on 28 Mar 2022
UK Cherub Sticky Weekend Part 2
A full day of fitting out the freshly painted EJ Four Cherubists arrived at Andy's workshop early for a full day of fitting out the freshly painted EJ. Posted on 16 Mar 2022
UK Cherub Sticky Weekend Part 1
7 sailors descend on Weston Super-Mare, home of Paul's workshop The first weekend of March dawned sunny but cool for the first 'Sticky weekend' of 2022 with 4 Cherubs and 7 sailors descending on Weston Super-Mare, home of Paul's workshop. Posted on 11 Mar 2022