Light winds greeted the sailors of the 5th leg of the GJW SailJuice Winter Series as the 44th Bloody Mary got underway at Queen Mary Sailing Club. This year attracted 287 entries, representing 61 classes from 105 clubs.
A steady force two decreased to a patchy force one testing the skills of 444 sailors today.
With one hour to go it was Topper 47641 of Sam Jones in the lead followed by the Firefly 2649 of Alex and Thomas Davey, with the Firefly taking the lead with 45 minutes to the finish cannons. Two Fireflies took advantage of the dying breeze to get a good lead over the chasing pack, with the Enterprises, Solos, Thames A-Raters and National 12s, carving their way through the fleet in pursuit.
But there was no chance of catching father and son team, Alex and Thomas, from Royal Harwich YC, in their Firefly 2649 as they glided to victory. Second place went to Firefly 3119, Barney Smith and Finian Morris from Papercourt, with the Solo 5491 of Michael Simms, Carsington SC, taking third. Ann Jackson and Alan Skeen from Burghfield were fourth in their Enterprise 23349, with Ann also scooping First Lady Helm and First Grand Master trophies.
A testing day, resulting in the first ever win for the Firefly class and probably the youngest winner in crew, Thomas age 9, with 2nd placed crew Finian Morris from Papercourt also flying the flag for young sailors. Well done to all who took to the water today. The Top 10 places were:
1st Firefly 2649 Alex and Thomas, from Royal Harwich YC
2nd Firefly 3119 Barney Smith and Finian Morris from Papercourt
3rd Solo 5491 Michael Simms from Carsington SC
4th Enterprise 23349 Ann Jackson and Alan Skeen from Burghfield
5th Solo 5670 Vince Horey from King George
6th Solo 5080 Fraser Hayden from Papercourt
7th Thames A-Rater 24 Jamie Stewart, Martin Hunter and James Date from Frensham Pond
8th Solo 5651 5651 Lawrence Creaser from HISC
9th Miracle 4040 Neil Gibson and Keith Macey from Redoubt SC
10th GP14 13251 Ian Dobson and Gemma Marshall from Burwain SC
First Lady Helm: Enterprise 23349 Ann Jackson from Burghfield
First Queen Mary Helm: Laser 182481 Toby Ayre
Grand Master: Enterprise 23349 Ann Jackson
First Junior Helm: Topper 47641 Sam Jones from Hill Head
First Sailability: 2.4 Int 125 Nev Millard Queen Mary Sailability
12 Class prizes were also awarded to:
29er 111 Courtney Billborough and Hanna Brant, HISC
D-Zero 195 Rob Lennox from Barnt Green
Laser 210020 Alistair Goodwin from Haversham SC
Laser Radial 143568 Magnus Handley from Queen Mary SC
Merlin Rocket 3776 Nick Craig and Toby Lewis from Frensham Pond
National 12 3530 Graham Camm and Zoe Ballantyne from Burghfield
RS Aero 7 88 Daniel Wigmore from Grafham Water
RS Aero 9 2162 Peter Chaplin from Burghfield
RS200 1642 Maria Stanley and Rob Henderson from Itchenor
RS400 1203 Richard Gray and Jon Dyas from Queen Mary SC
Solo: Solo 5491 Michael Simms from Carsington SC
Topper 47641 Sam Jones from Hill Head
The overall winners thanked the race committee and all at the club for running the race so well in challenging conditions.
Boat Tracking was used at the Bloody Mary and a full replay can be viewed following the link below.
Queen Mary would like to thank our sponsors Sportography, Speed SIX and Thyme Lords Catering whose assistance was greatly valued in running the event.