International 14 makes a perfect Bloody Mary 


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

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