30 Sep Walker Trophy 19-20 Sept
The only similarity between the last 14 Race of PoW Week and the Walker trophy was the sunshine; The flat water made it easier but the absence of wind and spring tides made sailing rather more frustrating. Having the fleet split between Hayling and Ichenor usually poses no logistical issue, however Saturday’s morning start was somewhat different, A call from PRO Roddy Bridge to the clubs indicated that there would be wind on the racecourse. Everyone duly launched, the Ichenor contingent’s attempt was defeated by the flooding tide, whereas it was a much easier trip from Hayling, The result was a long wait or lunch at the club.
High Water brought sufficient wind to leave the village, 4 Races were held for a select group in a light sea/harbour breeze, the key to winning was avoiding mooring on course marks and keeping the weed off the foils. By the end of the day Tom Heywood and new class chairman Ed Clay lead followed by Douglas Pattison and Mark Tait, then Andy and Ed Fitzgerald.
Following a fantastic dinner held at Itchenor the decision making for Sunday Morning was somewhat slower, slightly more breeze greeted the 10 boats who had now congregated to race. Douglas and Mark got ahead of the fleet with a sneaky shifty off the start to lead race 5 from start to finish, with Tom and Ed, then Andy and Tom Partington in 2nd and 3rd. The next race saw the same top 3 but with the order reshuffled, leaving Tom and Ed now 2 points clear. In Race 7 Roger Gilbert and Ben McGrane nosed ahead to show their winning ways. On the last lap the wind died off changing the places behind them, Douglas and Mark lost out to Tom and Ed and also to Andy and Tom. The fleet drifted to the finish and also to a conclusion of the days racing, leaving Tom and Ed worthy winners of the Walker Trophy, followed by Douglas and Mark then Andy Fitzgerald crewed by Ed Fitzgerald and George Yeoman.