It was brilliant sunshine for the last race in the winter series of Dinghy racing at RCYC even if it was a little nippy for fingers and toes. Eight boats went to the line and raced round the town course, enough to satisfy Carl Anderson who has driven the event and Ant Law whose dream to see dinghy racing for adults on the Crouch realised at last...
Several important competitors were missing from the last race – Jack Shorter was visiting university, Ollie Moon, near the top of the results, was whisked off to a family event and Scarlett Anderson deserted her dad in favour of the Cadet training on the river on the same day.
The youngest competitor, Ben Hutton-Penman, did well, showing a clean pair of heels to Carl Anderson, crewed by Chris Dawson on this occasion. Jason Phelps in his RS200 had tried several professional crews recently but had to fall back on his son, Harry, which gave him the best result of the series…
Katherine Hutton-Penman tried her hardest to keep the trophy for RCYC but Stirling Taylor, BSC, slipped through. However, Stirling, crewed by Pip Blunden, were worthy winners as they had led throughout the series. Well done!
Special thanks to Nick Peel, who froze in the safety boat, Eddie Aspinall in the race box and Coral Tranter for calculating the results and posting them onto the website.
Spring, Summer and a Winter series are planned for 2015.