Last Chance Regatta 2014

»«Weekend 18th, 19th October 2014

Saturday morning forecast breezy, gusty conditions with wind from the south but this didn't put off seventeen boats, including three visitors from Stone SC and a rare appearance in Burnham from the Grogans, making the start line.

The weekend's regatta was a tale of two halves with four windward leeward courses on Saturdayat and a non discardable "round the cans" race on Sunday.

PRO Edwin Buckley with his team ran the four 40 minute back to back races immaculately and very close racing in the entrance to the river Roach was anticipated. Helmut Shöing II with Nigel and Jack Grogan demonstrated how to short course race with superior speed and tactics easily posted four firsts. This included a clear win after returning, being OCS initially in Race 2.

This left the rest of fleet battling for the minor places with Spoof, Guy Fawkes, Lady Penelope and, noticeably, a new name from Stone in Extra Large 2 Nick Radley, crewed by Mark Batt. If it wasn't for a couple of minor errors these two would have been best of the rest.

Sunday morning was glorious with building breeze again from the south giving surfing conditions for the Squibs. Several helms were unable to make the Sunday race, which consequently dropped them out of contention for the overall prize. These included overnight leaders Nigel and Jack with podium potentials Nick and Mark.

A club line, with a reaching kite start saw Lady Penelope leap out of the blocks to have a clear lead at the first mark, Greenward, before having several legs up and down the Roach. This lead was held to the finish but the battle for second was tightly fought between Spoof, Chequemate, By the Lee and Neil Fulcher steering Helmut Shöing II who eventually pulled through to second place.

With the Sunday race counting in the series, this gave the podium positions to Lady Penelope, Spoof and Guy Fawkes but even counting a DNS Helmut Shöing managed fourth place.

With the boat speed showed by Nigel and Jack, this team has to be the favourites for next year's championships in Howth, Ireland. With the strength of the Royal Corinthian Squib fleet it could be possible to have more than one of our boats on the podium - let's hope 2015 proves to be our year.


Malcolm Hutchins