Near perfect conditions greeted the sailors of the 6th leg of the GJW SailJuice Winter Series as the 43rd Bloody Mary got under way at Queen Mary Sailing Club. This year attracting 274 entries in 60 classes from 123 clubs.
The Toppers lead by William Penny and Magnus Handley started the race in a steady force 4 and held off the catching fleet but inevitably as the wind increased the RS Feva XL of Michael and Samuel Dyer took the lead coming up to the two hour mark. There was a quick lead change to the Laser of Alistair Goodwin who held off the fleet for a further half a lap. But as the wind increased further to a gusty force 5, testing the skills of many, the International 14 of Neale Jones and Ed Fitzgerald carved their way to first place with over 20 minutes to spare. It was an impressive performance for the 14s with Archie Massie and Harvey Hillary sailing though in to second to make it a one two for the 14s.
The top ten had 7 different classes of boat with 217 making the finish.
1st International 14 Neale JONES and Ed FITZGERALD, ISC
2nd International 14 Archie MASSEY and Harvey HILLARY, Itchenor Sailing Club
3rd RS800 Peter BARTON and Chris FEIBUSCH, Lymington Town Sailing Club
4th RS800 Ralph SINGLETON and Sophie SINGLETON, Datchet Water Sailing Club
5th Fireball Ian DOBSON and Daniel SCHIEBER, SVMC
6th Musto Skiff Ben SCHOOLING, Datchet Water Sailing Club
7th Merlin Rocket Roger GILBERT and James STEWART, Frensham Pond SC
8th Fireball David HALL and Paul CONSTABLE, Blackwater SC
9th Contender Nick NOBLE, Portishead Yacht & Sailing Club (PYSC)
10th 505 Tom GILLARD and Andy COUCH, Hayling Island sailing club
First Lady helm was Molly Sacker in a Laser 4.7
First Queen Mary Helm was Rupert Bedell in a Laser Radial
First Grand Master was Philip Meakins in an Osprey
First Junior was Alex Smallwood helming a 420
Class prizes were also awarded to 12 class winners with 8 or more boats entered. Provisional Results can be found…
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 Wardle Marine Services, VR Sport TV, Sportography and Thymelord Catering whose assistance was greatly valued in running the event.
See you all next year on Saturday 14th January, 2017