Boxing Day Regatta 2016 – report

Boxing Day Regatta 2016

A hardy nine boats started the Boxing Day pursuit race at Rollesby; with the four Solos expecting an hour’s race and everyone else chasing on. There were a few early signs of the gusts which were later to prove more influential on the result. Roger Wilson led away followed by Mike Horwitz, the only competitor to stay upright throughout, whilst Ashley Warnes gave dad Paul a head-start by performing the first capsize of the day!

Matt Boreham and Stuart Highfield both in Lasers and Tamsin Highfield Vareo were never far behind even though Stuart capsized on the first leg and so more spectacularly did Tamsin whilst flying her kite on the long run back down the broad. Wilson should have had a big enough lead but decided to introduce an extra, totally unnecessary, gybe manoeuvre at the windiest spot on the course, result capsize!

The first four lined up nose to stern at the final leeward mark; Stuart was the first to tip over; Boreham looked on for the win but managed to capsize twice in the last 4 minutes of the race; Tamsin rounded the upwind mark with greatest momentum to pass Wilson with less than a minute to go and take the win by 3 lengths.

Let’s hope the racing is as close and competitive at our New Years Day Open this Sunday.

Result (9 Entries)

  1. Tamsin Highfield (Vareo)
  2. Roger Wilson (Solo)
  3. Matt Boreham (Laser)
  4. 4. Stuart Highfield (Laser)