After two years with too much wind and one year with not enough wind it was a relief this year for most classes to complete a normal course. Unfortunately conditions were not as agreeable as they might have been; visibility was poor and a fine drizzle marred the first half of the racing.
There was however some keen racing. The Etchells for example completed their first lap in a certain order only for the following two laps to be in almost completely reverse order. Congratulations to John Collingwood and his team in Disco Volante for pulling the proverbial rabbit out of a hat and moving from last place to first. Amongst the Mylne fleet there were some changes as well Merle coming from third place to pip John Piggott in Merkby a mere 3 feet at the finishing line. Congratulations to Chris Kay in Meridianfor taking first place. In the squibs Mike Davies in Tar Baby rocketed away from Apollyon at a rate that should have seen Apollyon lapped, but at the finish line the boats were merely feet apart, with Tar Baby still leading.
By contrast the visiting Falcons completed the first lap in the same order as the other two laps, Reece Tomlinson from Fiddler’s Ferry in Tommohawk holding on to his lead all the way.
Amongst the IRC boats from Liverpool Eazi Tigertook Class One line honours on corrected time whilst Di Rich won Class Two.
Our thanks to Janice Stanistreet for her company and assistance on the day
The buffet in the clubhouse afterwards was very welcome and well attended.
Photos from the 2014 Regatta can be found by clicking on the two links below:
2014 Regatta Results
First Meridian Chris Kay
Second Merle Max Cooke
Third Merk John Piggott
Fourth Mersey UKBSA
Retired Mermaid UKBSA
Retired Merchien Graham Heyes
First Disco Volante John Collingwood
Second Faldetta Paul Flower
Third Ragtime Andrew W-J
Fourth Pointless Ray Huntington
Fifth Invader Simon Shepherd
First Tar Baby Mike Davies
Second Apollyon Alistair Goodwin
Liverpool Bay Falcon
First Tommohawk Reece Tomlinson
Second Aquila John Corkhill
Third Repfoot Ian Scouter
Fourth Merlin J Downes
Fifth Nighthawk Adrian Dodd
Sixth Hawk John Burthem
Seventh Honey Buzzard Richard Corner
IRC Yachts (Class One)
First Eazi Tiger Oliver Oconnolly Kyffin
Second Ulula IV Nick Ogden
Third Bada Bing Andy Napper
IRC Yachts (Class Two)
First Di Rich Josh Pratt & T Hare
Second Impact Simon Molyneux
DNS Rebel Martin Patchitt