24 Oct Century Cup
Century Cup 26th August 2007 Rarely has so much experience been seen on a race track …
The rules are simple, you need to sail an International 14 and you need a crew & helm team a minimum of 100 combined years young, and you needed to be at Itchenor Sailing Club on 26 August where a sunny day and a gentle breeze were provided. The club line start with a reach down towards Hayling provided some interesting pre-start tussles, as some of the “experienced” teams lacked time on the water. The fleet was away first time with the youthful teams of Andy Penman and Alastair Shaw, weighing in at a lightweight minimum age of 100, and Damon Roberts and Andy Partington, carrying a little more at 102 years made the early running and established a lead over the fleet. A few shifts and gusts brought the whole fleet to the first mark at about the same time and the very experienced team of Alan Laflin an Eric Arens, at a masterly 135 years young, came close to taking the lead if only they hadn’t run out of water close to Thorney Channel.
The race on the water developed into a two horse battle between Roberts/Partington and Penman/Shaw, with the lightweights getting the advantage on the last beat and taking line honours. But behind the scenes the age handicap system was hard at work, with the combined ages and the helmsman’s age all being used to provide each boat with a personal age related handicap.
Once ashore, with lunch completed, the final results delivered a popular win for the most “experienced” crew who had travelling the furthest, all the way from San Francisco – Alan Laflin and Eric Arens.
This is such a good event many people are already looking to form teams for next year to maximise their age handicap! Well done to Race Officer Roddy Bridge and all the Itchenor team.
|1. Alan Laflin||Eric Arens|
|2. Damon Roberts||Andy Partington|
|3. Andrew Penman||Alastair Shaw|