Press release 19/9/2018

Strong South Westerly Winds dominate Royal Windermere Yacht Club’s Recent Racing

Recent racing on Windermere has been dominated by strong south westerly winds, bringing challenging and exciting racing conditions for all fleets.  

In Saturday’s Windermere Class Seventeen Foot class race, ‘Liberty’ helmed by Colin Bentley won the Trapp Cup, followed by ‘Deva’ in the hands of Ian and Ann Frith.

Saturday’s conditions also challenged the cruiser fleet with ‘Heartbeat’, a 21.7 helmed by John Burns making a guest appearance and taking first place.  ‘Va Va Voom’ helmed by Trevor Bonson and crewed by Clare Bonson came in second place.

The Flying Fifteen class had three exciting races over the weekend. In the first of these on Saturday, ‘Carbon Footprint’ (Phil Snewin and Ros Coleman) took the lead, winning the Fairbank Trophy.  ‘Factor Fifteen’ (Frank Kelly) came in second place.

In Sunday’s glorious sunshine and brisk breezes at first, changing to an autumnal mellowness in the air, the Flying Fifteens had two competitions.  In the first race – the Argo Trophy – ‘Funny Enuff’ in the hands of John Atkinson and Elizabeth Moreton came first, followed by the ever-reliable ‘Carbon Footprint’ (Phil Snewin and Ros Coleman).  Unusually ‘Niffty’ (Nigel and Jean Tullett) came third.  In the second of Sunday’s races, ‘Across the Lake’ (Miles and Cathy Thompson) won the race, taking the West Wind Trophy.  ‘Carbon Footprint’ (Phil Snewin and Ros Coleman) repeated their second place position and ‘Fiscal Folly’ (John Taylor and Ann Bishop) came in third place. ‘Niffty’ in the hands of the Tulletts remains in first place in the overall Flying Fifteen series which is now nearing its exciting conclusion.

Meanwhile, the dinghies had an action-packed evening on Thursday with Robert Richardson (son) winning in his RS100, Amanda Wilson coming second in her GP14 and John Richardson (father) taking third place, also in his RS100.  In the overall leader board, though, the Richardsons have regained first and second places although with a reversal of fortunes for father and son!   John Richardson (father) now leads, Robert (son) is in second place and Judith Gore (with Commodore Simon McVey as crew) is in third place.  Dinghy racing continues with ever-stiffer competition!