Well that’s it folks!! The evenings are drawing in and apart from two Tuesday joint pursuits, evening racing is done for 2016. Where did the season go? Lyulph Hesling, the race officer climbed aboard Noon Hi the committee boat with Jack Penty, Inez spotting and Sue Clark on the radio. The wind was enough, SE and course 4 set for the classes. Anchored near Trefusis mark gave the RO a perfect beat toward Castle Bouy. About 40 boats were jostling around the start area. The M class Firebirds set off in a good light breeze, 4 starters and 3 recorded, Castle Buoy their target. Then Q class set off and the pesky wind died. Tommy Cooper “just like that” style, but not as funny.
In Trifle we watched and made toward the committee boat to ensure we had a chance at starting near the line. Encore and Scorpion went off the pin end on starboard tack echoing our thoughts of “more wind in the middle of the river” The rest of Q class went off on port to get the back eddy between Governor and the western shore. Nine boats made up the fleet.
We got buried under Quicksilver on the start and it took us a ¼ mile before we could find wind and clear our air to tack over to the western shore following Aurora and Kiamana. Nine boats made the fleet, which split across the width of the Roads. There was more wind in the middle but FoS had anchored their “Oiler” on the rhumb line to the Castle Buoy. It was definitely a night for “find the wind and forget the tide”!
The five Sunbeams started and soon found wind over on the eastern shore, as did the 6 boats in W fleet behind them. The Working Boats had 5 entries and got away from the line heading toward Castle. The Race Officer then got into a small motorboat and wisely headed for the windward mark. Too late for the M and Q class who had managed to round. He then shortened course and finished the rest of us at the mark with a very shrill whistle.
Ultra Violet, Peter Stephens won M class and was the only finisher. He also won the 5 race series. Geoff Davies won the Q class in Scorpion with Temeraire, Martin Eddy winning the series. Popicoota, Alan Grose won U class with Gap Year, Len Trenoweth winning the overall series. Puffin Mike Chard won W class with Sweet Friday, Len Cheshire taking the series. Audry (winner of last weekend's Sunbeam Championship), Stuart Sawyer won V class, with Pixy, Lyulph Hesling taking the series win. Grace, Dan Tregaskes won the B class.
G class fielded 5 boats and headed from a clubhouse start backwards up the river toward Penryn. Andy Platt in Scallywag won with Mike Rangecroft in Miss Agnes second. The other three retired.
Altogether a good turnout for the last race in the series. Thanks to Jack Penty for the committee boat and all his elve helpers, Hine Downing our sponsors, Jeannette who manned(?) the ops room, Giles for bringing us home in the dark, the caterers and bar staff.