The Squib East Coast championship sees a Hyde-filled podium

Monday, June 18, 2012

It was tight at the top for the Squib’s East Coast championship, held in Burnham-on-Crouch. Malcolm Hutchings and Andy Ramsey in Lady Penelope won the final race to take the overall title by three points. Not far behind, David White and Peter Ballam in Easy finished two points ahead of Micky Wright and Chris Dunn in Spoof.

On Saturday the wind consistently blew south westerly Force 5. The vast majority of the 22 entries enjoyed some close but demanding racing. Alchemy (Gerard Dyson) visiting from the Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club made a great start to the defence of his title by winning the first race with Lady Penelope (Malcolm Hutchings) second. The second race was won by Pani Munta (Mike Probert) visiting from the Royal Victoria Yacht Club with Spoof (Micky Wright) second.

The third race was won by Lady Penelope from Easy (Dave White) visiting from Felixstowe Ferry Sailing Club and the fourth race was won by Spoof with Hussar (Martin Harrison) also a visitor from RVYC securing second place. The leader at the end of the first day was Mike Probert in Pani Munta with Malcolm Hutchings in Lady Penelope second.

On Sunday a Force 2 from the southeast made for a leisurely fetch to the course with the last of the ebb assisting. Brimstone (Bryan & Jenny Riley) visiting from Waveney & Oulton Broad Yacht Club won race five in the variable breeze, with local Squib Chequemate (Ian Gray) second. Race six was won by Chequemate with Easy second. Lady Penelope won race seven and that secured her the Championship. Surprise (Duncan Grindley) having contributed much to the organisation of the weekend had a well deserved second place in this the last race of the Championship. Dave White in Easy came second overall in the Championship, with the lowest discard of the weekend - having not won a race, he showed that consistency in all conditions does reap rewards.

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