Held on 3rd October 2021
A fantastic day dawned for the 19 skippers who turned out for this great event,
Despite the gloom of Civid 19, despite the gloom of the no fuel scare mongering , and despite the gloom of the weather forecasters, who it seems do not know what button to press to guess at the weather, the event was a huge success for the skippers with great racing conditions, great camaraderie, a bit of rivalry, and a result the family could only have wished for .
Fast out of the blocks was John Smith from Manor Park with his Brit Pop and he won in style, from Tim Hand 2nd V 10 and Dorian Crease, Cheinze. Racing was conducted on the East bank all day and started light 5 to 7 knots but grqadually increased as the day wore on , as did the sunshine ( Mr weatherman ) . Skippers has come from far and wide to enter the event which was held at Scotland farm home of the Lincoln club, and if somebody were to say the conditions and with wind speed and direction were perfect they would not be far wrong.
It was not untill race 5 that Tim H got his first bullitt, from Derek Priestly from Fleetwood in 2nd and Colin Walton from the Manor Park club in 3rd. A welcome lunch break followed and all skippers had changed down to B rig with the wind anything from 12 to 20 knots and gusting , the following race was to be the end of Dereks day and he had to retire with electrical problems. Dorian Crease from Two Islands in Milton Keynes was putting in some great results with his Cheinze, and secured his second bullitt in race 7 with Tim again chalking up a second place, before getting another bullitt in race 8, what happened in race 9 no one knows but Tim ended up 20th. a race that David Darwell gained his only first place,
Mick Cooper a local lad ( 75 years old ) 6 weeks out of having a new knee was determined to race with his new Venti and did very well and must be very pleased with his performance ending up tenth and I am sure the best is yet to come. Greg Codling another local was sailing in his first regatta and had some rig issues which he will learn from, Seven skippers from the Lincoln club sailed in the event, but the winner by a good margin and some great sailing was Tim Hand, who finished the job off with two fine wins at the end.
It is even more fitting as Tim is the son of the late Clive Hand, who this memorial trophy is raced for each year, and it was quite emotional at the prize giving at the end, very well done Tim.
Dorian Crease was 2nd and David Rigby 3rd in what was a great day of racing, I forgot to mention the weather gods had their way, as at the prize giving the heavens opened and most got very wet before the drive home, A big thanks you to all the helpers for this event, scorers / starters / finishers / and OOD,s and those in the background, we all know who you are so many thanks , we look forward to welcoming you all back to the club next year .
Just one last thing the event raises money for the RNLI and this year with all your kind generosity we raised a whopping £ 180.00 for this great cause .
There will eventually be more pics on the website under the Clive Hand Tab , check back often .