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Barclays Bank Trophy - 28th July 2013

posted 3 Aug 2013, 23:59 by Graham Morley
Sailing conditions for this year’s Barclays Bank Trophy event were near perfect, with a decent southerly breeze blowing down the Kingston reach, and mixed sunshine and clouds with odd squally showers rendering the weather not uncomfortably hot. A good deal of hiking out was needed as the dinghies pushed through the waves in a foaming wake. Early on, a number of entrants were confused by (or didn’t read!) the course set by Geoff Moss, and rounded marks the wrong way! As a consequence, those who didn’t re-sail their correct course were scored DNF (did not finish). I’ve had some of that!

The first two races were dominated by the Merlin Rockets, with Paul Seamen and Ŝian 
Winslow-Davitt in ‘Warrior’ winning the first race from Denis Lockwood and Ed Mayley in ‘Bow Belle’. Paul sailed the wrong course in the second race which gave first place to Denis.

For the third race, Steve Collins and Naz Ivasyuk had sorted out some problems with the rigging of their Argo, to allow them to mix it with the Merlins. The final positions were Paul first, Steve second and Denis third. Fourth place was held firmly by Enterprise ‘Alanah’ sailed by Alex and David Cane, who stayed fairly close to the leaders and opened up a sizeable gap in front of the rest of the fleet.

The gusty wind made for a few capsizes, notably by Joe Murphy, sailing his Laser ‘A Swingin’ Affair’, who had two tries! – and he was noted drying off nicely in the safety launch later. Keith Black, crewing for Richard Shillito, completed his capsize training in this race, having declined to take part in the training in the morning.

In the starting melée, Sel Shah unluckily had the bottom panel of ‘Mata Hari’s’ mainsail split while she and Denis Lockwood were sailing close. Never one to give up, Sel with guest crew Stefan Ketner started and finished the race, although the damaged sail might have proved a disadvantage.

Sailing Secretary Steve Collins began the award ceremony with customary thanks to the club’s helpers and officers of the day, without whom the event could not possibly go well. Commodore Andy Banks then presented the prizes, the overall winners being Paul Seamen and Ŝian Winslow-Davitt. As a Barclays Bank employee, Paul admitted this was the first time he’d won this trophy, which dates from about fifteen years ago, when Barclays had a small sailing club based at Minima and where he began sailing. He finished his impromptu speech by saying this was a great sport and a great club, to strong applause.

Altogether a superb day’s sailing at Minima, with a convivial mood on the sunlit balcony and in the club room afterwards. Well done to all who took part.

A whole host of photos [Editor - by Andy Cuckson] can be found in the Gallery section here: Barclays Bank Trophy -2013

The winners, decided on three races and boat handicap:-
  1. Merlin          "Warrior"  Paul Seamen            Ŝian Winslow-Davitt
  2. Merlin          "Bow Belle"  Denis Lockwood  Ed Mayley
  3. Enterprise  "Alanah"  Alex Cane  David Cane
By Andy Cuckson
[Editor - A big thank you to Andy for his report and photos. Sorry that we could attach the captions!]