Three Burgee Trophy Team Match – 28 September 2013

posted 3 Oct 2013, 03:03 by Graham Morley   [ updated 7 Oct 2013, 21:21 ]
This year’s Three Burgee competition fell on a weekend of slightly unsettled weather, which improved the interest of the sailing, if not the chances of your doughty Minima team. Our team was Paul Seamen (organiser) crewed by Naz Ivasyuk, Alex Cane with Ed Mayley, and John Wilkey with  Ali Banks. Unfortunately the latter two crews were sailing borrowed boats, which didn’t bode well. They fought bravely against their rivals, Tamesis Club and Thames Sailing Club (the home team) and nearly achieved second place. Thames SC were worthy winners.

Thames SC made us very welcome at the venue, plying all and sundry with as much tea and coffee (the bar was also open) as we could drink, as well as plenty of bacon and sausage rolls on arrival at lunch time. But once the racing started, with Minima and Tamesis going first, I quite forgot to go back to the kitchen for seconds.

Racing started at 1.30. Slightly windier and gusty spells fell at the time of the first and last two races, but mercifully only with slight spits of rain, because the sailing definitely looked the more interesting then, and kept most people outside. The last spell of speedier wind seemed to contribute to the capsize of the Tamesis boat shown in the photos.

As usual for our Derby events, this was a very sociable and good spirited occasion, thoroughly enjoyed by all – and gave us a chance to see the trophy which we haven’t taken home for a while! It’s now on the wall of Thames SC’s club house.

By Andy Cuckson
(Photos by the author)

The course was essentially a figure-of-eight, if you follow the blackboard diagram – A-B-C-D, port-starboard-starboard-port. The meat-eating Minima sailors preferred to split it into two sausages and a joint. When it comes to race courses, we understand sausages – you only need to know two letters of the alphabet (most of the time). [Click the picture for a larger image]

One big advantage of this course was that it could be laid out in a relatively small space and be completely visible, yet be quite long. 

On the right is an example of "Management By Flip Chart" – the race order.

Below are some photos from the race itself:
Race 1, first lap – Heading for the A-mark, Alex Cane and Ed Mayley in 3011 (owned by Ivo Gatto) tussle with the Tamesis team.

Race 1, first lap – Approaching the A-mark, Alex and Ed have 2nd place. The blue boat 1978, leading for Tamesis, was one of two to watch on the day.
Paul Seamen and Naz Ivasyuk in 1952 Warrior and John Wilkey and Ali Banks in 685 Bow Belle (owned by Denis Lockwood) bring up the rear as Alex and Ed round the mark.
Race 4, first lap – Minima boats 3rd, 4th and 5th from left, grouped round the D-mark.  Alex Cane (5th from left) has cleared the mark, while Paul Seamen and John Wilkey have still to clear. Chris Martin (far right) in 3656 leads for Thames. This was the other boat to watch.

Race 4 finish – 359 has crossed the finish line for Thames while Chris Martin approaches for an easy 2nd in 3656. While 359 is an earlier sail number, Denis Lockwood’s 685 Bow Belle is the older boat.

The “Trophy Race” – the organisers opted to run a final race between Tamesis and Thames. At the start line a 5-boat melée ensued, and in the struggle for room, 3635 for Tamesis dragged the H-mark away with it and under the boat... capsize seconds later between the drag of the mark and a gust of wind. The H-mark has surfaced and is seen caught by the centre board.

Here are some of the Sporting Personalities:

Starting with the rather photogenic Tamesis Club team. Followed by the Minima team, who were (L-R) Ali Banks, John Wilkey, Ed Mayley (front), Paul Seamen, Naz Ivasyuk, and far right the severed arm of Alex Cane. Finally, not to be missed out, there’s Alex at the awards supper. He’s looking a bit worse for wear but definitely in possession of all his limbs. Chilli con carne was shortly to be served.
Our bosun-of-the-day, Rob Mayley, arranged the towing of dinghies to and from Minima, and stood in for Thames’s bosuns when their boat was playing up. Boat-wise, Denis Lockwood’s Bow Belle attracted a good deal of attention, being the oldest in attendance and having a relatively narrow beam. And finally the Three Burgee Trophy, which has been competed for for over eighty years. They are, top to bottom, the Tamesis, Thames and Minima burgees.

Your reporter’s Mickey Mouse camera power pack was completely depleted by the time of the prize giving, so he couldn’t get a photograph of the winning Thames S.C. team on the day. 


Thames’s commodore promised a copy of his photo overnight and here it is.