CBYA Veterans’ Race 2016
This was a new CBYA TOMs event with a 4-crew TOM having to have a combined age of minimum 260 years, and a 5-crew TOM having a total age of 320 years. The total age of all participating crew was over 1600 years!
Light winds with some variability made for an interesting set of races. Crews were allocated by Rachel to ensure a mix of ages, including a very sprightly octogenarian. John Allison, Hugh Epsom, Karl-Heinz Witte, Piers Armstrong, Edo Volker and Jenny Rawle were nominated race skippers.
Karlheinz & crew waiting patiently
Heading out to do battle
The tussle up front between John and Hugh, with Hugh first and John second in Race 1 and these positions reversed in Race 2 (John first, Hugh third), was made less predictable in Race 3.
A faulty start in Race 3 initiating a little friendly chaos on the start line, this resulted in disastrous points for John (and a later damaged spinnaker), and disappointing but not terminal points for Hugh, enabling him to take first spot overall, with John holding on to second.
Meanwhile Karl-Heinz sailed a cautious but steady tack to take consistent points in all three races. Being the sort who enjoys a tussle, I had been somewhat dismayed at his crew briefing informing us that we were here to enjoy the day, so relax and take a steady course. However this proved to keep us out of any trouble and a resultant third overall just one point behind John. Well judged skipper!
We enjoyed a tapas lunch in the RCNC restaurant after the event.
Let’s do it again next year!
1st Hugh Epsom, Paul Smithard, Dave Reid, Tony Benneworth
2nd John Allison, Sue Allison, Izzy Armstrong, Laurent Montesse, Paul Burnell
3rd Karlheinz Witte, Ian McKay, Chris Engels, Shaun Walsh
The other 3 teams were:
Jenny Rawle, David Snellgrove, Phill Bethell, Heidi Weiss, Rod Simpson
Edo Volker, Bob Gordon, Sandra Soper, Dave Peachy
Piers Armstrong, Gordon Ross, John Westerdijk, Jan Walsh, John Pestell