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Tri-Services Championship Results 2012


Final Day

Sunday morning saw the wind strength and direction the same as the previous day, racing started promptly and during the morning Mick Chamberlain, (Army) John Cleave (Royal Navy) and Vinnie Zammit (Army) were all trying to make their mark in this regatta. Coming to the lunch break Mick Chamberlain started to create a significant lead on the chasing pack, but when racing resumed in the afternoon the wind direction had swung 180 degrees and was slowly increasing in strength to a hard top suit breeze. By the last two rounds of racing in this regatta the wind had pickup so much that it was sometimes difficult to keep control of the boats with their top rigs on. John Taylor was the only skipper to change down and found some success with his second rig on his boat, but it was to little to late for him. Mick Chamberlain (Army) was the eventual winner of this Championship, a great achievement as this was his first time competing in this event.

The Team trophie was won by the Army, the team was made up of Mick Chamberlain, Lester Gilbert and Vinnie Zammitt. This is the first time in 9 years that the Navy team has not won the team event.

Placings: Full results to follow

1st Mick Chamberlain (Army)

2nd John Cleave (Royal Navy)

3rd Vinnie Zammitt (Army)

Royal Navy Champion – John Cleave

Army Champion – Mick Chamberlain

RAF Champion – Tony Banfield

Team Winners – Army

Day -1


The start of the Tri-Services Regatta saw variable light, flucky winds coming from the south west, but towards the end of the first day the wind became constant with a medium strength. A 20 boat entry the biggest turn out so far, made the (OOD) Mr Bill Green split the fleet into two. Racing was very competitive throughout the day and with 8 races completed and with one discard to count, the top ten places are as follows.

Scores – 1st Mick Chamberlain   12pts

2nd Chris Durant           13pts

3rd John Cleave             17pts

=4th Lester Gilbert          22pts

=4th Vinnie Zammit        22pts

6th Nigel Brown             24pts

7th John Taylor              28pts

8th Mike Nicholls           34pts

9th Tony Banfield          45pts

10th Robert Hobbs       50pts



With the recent weed problem as you all know we had to abandon the RNLI and the RICK’S trophy I.O.M I have rescheduled as late as I possibly can in the hope that we will be weed free , The new dates for your diary will be 28th OCTOBER and we will run both events in the same day , hopefully the English summer will this year start soon and extend untill November , The new date will be added to the calendar shortly .

Mick Admin


Hi Guy’s , It was great to see some new people at the club last Sunday and hopefully they will have enjoyed their experience (despite the severe weed problem) and will come back and have another go. Clive has agreed he will join us for next year with his Robot and of course his lovely wife Jenny . David and his wife from Barton on Humber and of course Roger from Grimsby with his lovely homemade ( out of wood) One Metre will hopefully return and become members, Ken was also they’re trying out the red boat and I am sure if he perseveres will pick up all his old skills This Sunday is supposed to be  RM match racing but as we all agreed two or three weeks ago until we get rid of the weed problem it is not worth having the competition so just free sailing I am afraid . The weed puller that I showed a few members on Sunday has had to be returned to Rotherham but I have asked a friend of mine to make one up exactly the same , as soon as we have got it, it will be in our shed for anybody to use , Ivan has been getting stuck in to quite a bit of shrub pruning of late and when I get back after this weekend away I will try to organise some work party’s to start clearing the weed in the bay , (will borrow the tool from Rotherham again  ) I will email  everybody early next week but the first days I would be looking at is next Thursday or Friday the 13/14 Sept to have a couple of hours at the lake . I was at a committee meeting with the main club this week and the weed problem was mentioned and they are looking at ways to control or get rid of , so watch this space , If you go down this Sunday I have been reliably informed that all the old rubbish steel will be gone so we can start sorting out our area and get it ready for grass seed ( and some plants ) maybe . No news as yet on the Hope that RILMAC will help do our tube jetty but I am hopeful it will happen .

If any of the Guy’s that came last Sunday need any advice on anything I will be back from Tuesday next week so please feel free to call me on 01427 610864

Mick Admin