We held our 2019 CBYA Veterans’ Regatta on Thursday 3rd October at Real Club Náutico Calpe

This regatta was open to both RCNC and CBYA members, and took the form of a normal liga race day, racing on the TOMs, with three windward-leeward races round the marks. The rules required that the crews must exceed a total age of 260 years for 4 crew, or 325 years for 5 crew!! So an average of 65+ years. We did not need each crew member to be over 65 as we always mix up crews with younger and older sailors.  In 2017, a 33 year old was able to sail as he was on a boat with an 80+ year crew!

This year the crews comprised:

Paul Smithard (skipper), John Williams, Gary Wickham, Monique Neyzen

Hugh Epsom (skipper), Mike Swingler, Amanda Topson, Sharon Wargelin

John Sutton (skipper), Howard Edmonds, Angie Roper, Ian McKay

Rachel Garnham (skipper), Izzy Armstrong, Roger Walters, Dave Reid

After three hotly contested races, the results were:

FIRST: Hugh Epsom + crew

SECOND: Rachel + crew

THIRD: John + crew

FOURTH: Paul + crew

We enjoyed the prize-giving and an excellent tapas lunch at the Real Club Náutico Calpe restaurant after the lunch.

Roll on the 2020 Veterans’s Regatta!

Amanda and Hugh