Fleetwood on Tour – Vane A’s @ Gosport

Its taken me more than a few days to get my head round the plethora of results and reports emanating from the Vane A Championships hosted at Gosport. There were 3 Fleetwood boats competing in this prestigious competition… Peter Whiteside & Steve Poole, Rob Walsh & Thomas Walsh and Derek Priestley & John Brooks. Suffice to say the Fleetwood boys didn’t set the world alight in the overall results. If you want to dig through the gory details they can be found in a great report on the MYA website here: Final Results & Report from the MYA

Derek Priestley & John Brooks did however win the Auld Mug taking out the Yachting Monthly Cup after a gripping days racing.  Negotiations are still on-going with Maureen about where this massive trophy will be displayed. Will it make it to the mantelpiece or will it be ostracised to a lowly cupboard or god forbid.. put under the stairs?! More news when we have it.

My undercover mole at the event also informs me that Fleetwood can claim some sort of dubious credit for the Bell Family’s great performance over the week, with overall Champions David & Margaret Bell and Robert Bell and Alan Bell holding steady in the top 10. Originally hailing from Fleetwood; the Bell family are now sailing under the Llandudno Burgee but whenever they win stuff we like to point out that they are still Fleetwood members as well. Like I say, it’s all a bit geographically tenuous but agent P put me up to it 😉

Finally an easy thing to understand, Sue Brown has once again provided us with an incredible gallery of pictures from the event. Where would we be without her eh?! All 285 pictures can be found here with a few choice ones showing the Fleetwood boats below.

Roll on next year when Fleetwood will be hosting this wonderful event.