Thames Cup – 28 Oct 2018
Sunday 28th Oct.
A breezy, sustained 13-16mph wind from the NE with gusts to 27mph , chilly 8 degrees and initially very damp day greeted the 15 skippers that had entered the 2018 Thames Cup event hosted by Coalhousefort RYC. By just after midday the dampness had all but gone and a little brightness to the sky appeared, later another shower, hail this time appeared but was thankfully short lived.
With a course set and after the normal race briefing the first race commenced at 10am through until 12:30 when a short break was taken for lunch. The afternoon racing commencing again at 1pm and carried through until 3::45, a total of 17 races for the day.
Colin Goodman dominated winning all but 2 of the races – both of which were discarded, ending the day with a very impressive score of 14 point. At times Colin was hotly challenged in races by Trevor Binks who finished the day on 33 points with Mark Dennis coming a very creditable third on 47 point.
The days racing in difficult conditions was conducted in a very friendly and sportsmanlike manor, with the very few penalties all being taken without the need for undue prompting.
Special mention has to be made of a very good result from Jim La Roche who was leading a race towards the end of the day leading but unfortunatly being pipped to the post at the very last second to finish second behind Trevor Binks by mere inches.
The highest placed skipper from our club being Graham Bartholomew who came in 7th overall with his Widget.
Another good days sailing for all involved and well done to all from the club who took part and assisted in the running of the event.