Press release 06/06/2018 by Carolyn Roberson
Clean Sweep for ‘Chameleon’ in Club’s “Race Week”
“Chameleon”, helmed by Nigel Tullett, achieved an impressive hat trick in the Royal Windermere Yacht Club’s “Race Week”, taking first place in all three races on Monday 28, Tuesday 29 and Wednesday 30 May and winning the Burchardt Cup. Gavin Tullett crewed in the first two races and Steve Goacher in the third.
“Fathom”, in the hands of G Murray was an impressive second in Monday’s and Tuesday’s races and third on Wednesday.
“Fathom” then swept the board on Saturday 2nd June, winning first in both races.
“Chameleon” and “Fathom” are colloquially known as “17 footers”, more formally called 17-foot Windermere Class racing yachts. Windermere Class yachts have raced on Windermere for more than a century. The design has evolved through several stages to become the current racing yachts which cut an impressive picture with their sleek, classic lines and carrying a large area of sail. The term ‘17 foot’ refers to their length along the waterline. This class of yacht is one of the oldest continuously-raced classes in the country.
The Royal Windermere Yacht Club holds a number of Race Weeks during the sailing season, each one of which is a great focal point in the racing calendar. The races are highly competitive, with many skilled sailors in every event. Weather conditions can make every race week completely different, with the most recent one characterised by changing winds and glorious sunshine.
In other racing news, the “Flying Fifteens” races on Saturday 2nd June saw “Factor Fifteen” helmed by Frank Kelly win the first race, and “Funny Enuff” in the hands of John Atkinson and Elizabeth Moreton win the second race, followed by Frank Kelly in “Factor Fifteen”.
Royal Windermere Yacht Club members competed in the Glen Turret Whisky Scottish Championship and World Championship Qualifier at Loch Tummel in Scotland. Dave Heron (with Chris Ducker as crew) and Keith Jamieson (with Pierre Labatt as crew) towed their Flying Fifteens to Scotland to take part. Dave (in “Pitch Perfect”) finished 9th and Keith (in “Vital Statistix”) finished 20th in a fleet of 65 yachts.