Race Officer Mike Rangecroft as always set an excellent range of courses for the seven classes racing in Race 6 of the Hine Downing sponsored Tuesday Evening Series. The race was held in an enjoyable North Westerly with plenty of gusts, shifts and wind bends to reward the most vigilant sailors. Mostly sailed in the lower Carrick Roads, 48 boats came to the start line another great turn out in this mildly moist summer.
First fleet away were the Firebirds, with two starting on the Committee Boat end and two on port tack at the pin end. Mike Webb won comfortably on Crackerjack with recently crowned national champion helm and crew on Ultra Violet dead last after an inadvertant Newlyn spinnaker drop, trawling on-board a mixed catch of mackeral and prawns caused by a dodgy knot who tied that then? The IRC Q Class fleet of twelve boats had a competitive start with Chris Bell and the jovial crew on Hawk having a cracker. Per Elisa, one of the Half Ton fleet, owned by local sailmaker Robbie Tregear won from David Cunliffe on Encore, a modified Laser 28 and Andy Dennis on the J105 Orijin in third. The increasingly competitive 11 smaller IRC boats in U Class had some important decisions to make with the turning tide and tactical opportunities from the wind. Mandy Owens on the Nordic Folkboat Aurora won on handicap from John Cruise in his Contessa 26 Mary Boon and third was Peter Jellis quietly helming his brother's Sonata Trifle.
The Sunbeam fleet of 8 boats, now having emerged from hibernation, was dominated by Jeff Martin & Steve Grant in Wendy winning by 11 seconds from Lyulph Hesling in Pixy with the Mantles only five seconds behind taking third in Whimsey. In fact the first four boats all finished within 18 seconds of each other one design racing at its best. The White Sail fleet was won by Len, Teresa & Annie Trenoweth in the Nordic Folkboat Gap Year followed home by Len Cheshire on Sweet Friday and Mike Robson on Amneris. G Class was won by Magpie of Mylor helmed by Georgia Mitchell leading home Katy helmed by Sue Grigg followed by Alan Perham on Clementine with all three entrants having being built by the Heard dynasty at Gaffers & Luggers.
The large working boats had the added interest of it being a Cup Race for lady helms alongside the normal Club Race. Richard Carter on Nellie Mae won the main race, with David Carne on Victory coming second. Ruth Collins helming Rita winning the Ladies Race and Milly (with a Y) Tregaskes all of 9 years old, coming second on Grace and fourth overall on the night one to watch for the future! On Cousin Jinny Cathie Byatt helmed, and Rachel Nicholls-Lee on Cousin Jack.
The Clubhouse was packed afterwards with the barrel of Skinners Lushingtons being demolished in record time, the winners toasting their success while the rest were plotting their downfall.