Benson Platter: 1st X80 Lass John Tremlett, Jeremy Lear, R Bullock, I Andrews
2nd X50 Xcitation Roger Yeoman and Mike Moss
3rd X91 Astralita Mike Martell, Fraser Graham, Tim Copsey.
4th X51 Athena David, Renee McGregor, Beverley Coghlan
5th X175 Gin Guests, Jonathan Clark, James Meaning & others
Treloar Trophy: X51 Athena
Onward Cup: X152 Beaver C & Clare Blevins, W & P Plant, M Marsdin
Halfway: X73 Zephyr Peter Taylor
75th Anniversary Bowl: X55 Falconet A Perry, R Parker, J Dunn, P Lawrence
Measurers Model: X26 Catherine Colin McKinnon, Neil, Ros Hart
Skua Trophy: X91 Astralita
David Lipscombe Trophy: X50 Xcitation
Dion’s Decanter: X 50 Xcitation
Dick Hoare Memorial Trophy: X152 Beaver C & Clare Blevins, W & P Plant, M Marsdin
Lone Star: Al Ashford X 174 Foxglove
Grenfell Challenge Cup: Nicki Cath X189 Onyx
Hands Cup: Ged Roope X 101 Thora
photo by Caroline Dunn
Of the 50 boats racing during Points Week half were in the XOD fleet – 22 local boats augmented by three visitors from Cowes. Monday’s race provided one of the closest finishes with X55 Falconet (Peter Lawrence, Ron Parker and Jim Dunn) just half a boat’s length ahead of X80 Lass (Jeremy Lear and John Tremlett) after two hours racing. Tuesday’s race was a little more clear cut when X26 Catherine (Colin McKinnon with Neil and Ros Hart) established a early lead that could not be bettered by Lass who was again second. On Wednesday for most of the race it appeared that this would be Lass’s day but X90 Astralita (Mike Martell, Fraser Graham and Tim Copsey) thought better and overhauled her by the final leg home. Winds on Thursday were the strongest of the week gusting 25 knots and clearly suited X50 Xcitation (Roger Yeoman with Roddy Bridge) taking first place ahead of Lass in the two spot yet again. In Friday’s medium breeze X50 established a lead from the start, took the direct route to the windward mark on the Winner Bank and was not challenged although Lass held on to make it a full set of second places. However, Lass’s consistency was more than enough to take first place overall in the series for the Benson Platter. Xcitation was second and Astralita third.
Congratulations Niki Cath – winner of the Grenfell Trophy.
Four day’s racing and four winners. Decisively on Thursday it was X50 Xcitation.