An enthusiastic fleet enjoyed a great days racing at this years Marblehead class Veterans Championship hosted by Datchet Water Sailing Club.From the outset the long traveled Roy Stevens from Scarborough put down a trifecta of solid scores posting a 1,1,2 in the light and shifting SSW A rig conditions. Behind Roy skippers were taking a little time finding their rhythm with that devil of consistency hard to find.
PRO Richard Uttley kept racing rolling nicely and as the wind freshened, B and C rigs were seen enjoying the long open courses with some fast racing. It was here that past winner Tony Edwards of Yeovil took a grip on proceedings stringing together a number of wins as ominous storm clouds resulting in racing being delayed.
After a lengthy break following the storm front, racing resumed in a fast fading wind and with daylight fading just as fast, racing was drawn to a close just after 3.30pm.
A number of skippers had their moments in the gusting conditions as shown in the final scores with only 23 points separating 2nd to 8th place proving the closeness of the racing throughout this competitive fleet. Special mention to Vinnie Zammit of Norwich who finished just how Roy started with a 1,1,2 flourish to secure 5th place.
In all 10 races were completed with an average time of 20 minutes per race by the efficient team led by Richard and Janice Uttley, Hugh McAdoo and Les Thorn.
Congratulations to Tony Edwards, Roy Stevens and Bill Culshaw for the podium places and indeed all skippers for their friendly spirit in which this event was raced.