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Good turnout: A183 Bluster sailed down from the Deben, A31/10 Zambra sailed up from the Thames Estuary, and A141 Rakia was already afloat at West Mersea. A good F4 breeze from SW, cloudy, and the rain held off until after the race.
Westerly start at 9:20, Bluster got away well but Rakia had to turn back after crossing the line North of the committee boat instead of South. Both boats had an enjoyable 2 hour’s sailing but sadly Zambra’s propeller became fouled on a rope while leaving the West Mersea piles, which took an hour to clear, so she abandoned the race.
Result: 1st Bluster, 2nd Rakia. Consolation prize for longest voyage to the race: Zambra.
Along with the crews, the owners of A71 Blue Jackaroo joined us for a traditional fish and chip supper supplemented by fresh vegetables from the Thorley’s garden, followed by delicious strawberry meringue, blackberry pie, cheese and coffee.
Many thanks are due to Sarah Thorley for the wonderful supper, and to Nick Phillips (A124 Helene) for coordinating all the race arrangements and collecting the trophies in time for presentation at the supper.
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