Oliver Lee Trophy

Sunday the 7th January saw 17 skippers gather at Blackwater Sailing Club practice lake in Heybridge for one of the first open meetings of 2018.

Skippers travelled from as far away as Cambridge and Eastbourne to enjoy a day’s sailing under leaden skies and in the brisk breeze that made it feel like a below zero day.

The 10 local skippers welcomed the seven visitors and together they sailed the windward leeward course set by Graham and George Beacroft. Due to a constant wind the course remained throughout the day.

The host club provided the all officials enabling the event to be raced with one fleet. Lunchtime was embellished with homemade mince pies (Thanks Cath) and mulled wine to warm everyone.

After the 15 races the results showed that Colin Goodwin won the day for the fourth year in a row, with Graham Bantock and Trevor Binks level on 38 points, count back place Trevor 2nd .

The whole event was sailed with good humour and behaviour. Three boats had to retire with damage mainly due to the strong winds that also caused one competitor to change down to third suit for the latter part of the day.


Pos. Skipper Sail # Club/City Hull MYA No. Score
1 Colin Goodman 61 Chelmsford Radio Yacht Club Brit Pop 2209 18.0
2 Trevor Binks 72 Eastbourne & DMYC Brit Pop   38.0
3 Graham Bantock 95 Chelmsford Radio Yacht Club AKZIOM 0909 38.0
4 Malcolm Harris  88 Chelmsford Radio Yacht Club Brit Pop 0887 50.0
5 Jim La Roche 55 Coalhouse Fort Brit Pop 3406 74.0
6 Nick Ennion 22 Harwich & Dovercourt MBC AKA 0700 79.0
7 Barry Raven 32 Chelmsford Radio Yacht Club Brit Pop 1138 94.0
8 David Perkins 71 Cambridge Brit Pop 2257 99.0
9 Andy Seymour 85 Coalhouse Fort     132.0
10 Stuart Jessup 66 Cambridge Lintal MMX 2068 134.0
11 Dennis Graham 23 Coalhouse Fort Wedge 3076 136.0
12 David Hope 11 Chelmsford Radio Yacht Club Kantun2 3428 137.0
13 Gavin Print 27 Chelmsford Radio Yacht Club Cheinz   144.0
14 Bryan Southgate 13 Chelmsford Radio Yacht Club Arrival 2438 158.0
15 Alf Reynolds 42 Chelmsford Radio Yacht Club Italico   160.0
16 Charles Clark 155 Chelmsford Radio Yacht Club MX 7   190.0
17 Mike Palfrey 68 Chelmsford Radio Yacht Club Vision 2782 228.0

Report and Results courtesy of John Richmond.

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