The Vicar of Beer and Juby Wiscombe Cup

>> Two of the traditional races in the club’s seasonal calendar were sailed on Saturday. >> The ‘Vicar of Beer’ was raced from Lyme for members to then take tea with friends at Beer SC. Started off the Cobb, this year saw 16 dinghies and 9 cruisers set off. The cruisers competed for the Juby Wiscombe Cup, in memory of the close association between Beer and Lyme SCs when Juby was Commodore in the mid 20th Century, doubly pertinent as Lyme celebrates its centenary this year with another member of his family now holding that office. >> An extra Race round the sticks for the dinghies gave the cruisers a chance to set off down the coast first. >> Race Officer Tim Parsons, with ARO Sarah, commented: >>> ‘ The first race started in sunshine with a freshening sea breeze at about 8 knots, the wind built slightly during the race around a triangular course. We used average lap times to calculate results. Allan & Chrissie Tyler in a Fireball won convincingly from Guy Woodhouse in his K1 and Graham and Sarah Cook in the first of the Albacores.’ >> >> Meanwhile, the cruisers were tacking off towards Beer, but soon noticed the wind dropping. >>> Tim continued: >> ‘The ‘Vicar of Beer’ long distance race started in similar breeze with a windward leg first before the fleet headed west towards Beer. The skies clouded over and the breeze began to drop, forcing us to shorten course to the western end of Charlton Bay.’ >> > The fleet were finished there, Tim having taken to Humber Rib to arrive ahead of them and set a finish line. >> Tony Fastnedge tacked out to sea having been first to the windward mark, a tactic which paid off, but with a low handicap finished in 8th overall though he crossed the finish line first. Guy Woodhouse held second place, only a minute behind the winner Jeff Vander Borght, also in a K1, in a 1 hour and 15 minute race. Four minutes behind Tony in elapsed time, was Andy Robinson in his new Phantom, placed third on corrected time. 38 seconds separated the two Albacores in 4th and 5th places, Jerry Rook and Jake Stow just pipping Graham and Sarah Cook, with youth sailors Simon Law and Tom Rawlings in 6th under a minute behind. >> >> Rob and Margaret Wiscombe took both line honours and first place in the cruising fleet, finishing in just under an hour. They win the Juby Wiscombe trophy, a proud moment for the Commodore and his wife. Rob is a great-nephew of Juby Wiscombe. >> Second, third and fourth places were separated by one minute, Rob and Sharyn Walker in their Parker chased by Mike Moore and Andrew Willoughby’s Medina and then Jeremy Wallace sailing his Medina single-handed. >> >> Full Results are posted on the club website. >> >> >> >> >