Day 3 Vane A-Class Championships

Yachting Monthly Cup

A variable medium strength southerly breeze were the conditions for the A-Class fleet today. Between the showers the skippers sailed in this knockout competition which is separate to the main event of the week. In the first round all skippers found themselves in groups of 3. Therefore, after sailing against each other twice the top 2 skippers with the most points, from their group carried on to the next round. The bottom boats would then finish for the day, which was me included. The following rounds would be purely a knockout competition. Drawn out of a hat each skipper would be paired off, sailing the best from 3 races. If after two beats the scores were tied, then the decider would be resolved from the running leg up the lake.

Knockout phase highlights

Most notable performance of the day came from Eddie Greenwood (Sail no 01). Perhaps the most senior skipper competing this week, who reached the semi-finals of this competition. Eddie started sailing in this regatta in the 1950’s and his experience of the lake, was too much for some skippers. Additionally, Amber Geldard one of the youngest competitors sailing this week, was faced with a difficult scenario when her skipper / father David Geldard, (Sail no 94) managed to mistakenly send his yacht to the top bank. Amber managed to re-trim her fathers boat, under pressure from her close competitor and win the points and send them both into the next round.

The Final

David / Robert Bell (Sail no 26) and Shawn / Lewis Wyeth (Sail no 99) competed in the final. After one win each the race was decided on the run. After a close race Shawn / Lewis Wyeth came out winners and have claimed the Yachting Monthly Cup 2017.

Reportage & Photography: John Taylor