Trafaldwyn Trophy Results
On a cool but fine November day, eight dinghies raced for the Trafaldwyn Trophy. Steady winds saw some close racing with both the GP and Laser result going to a “shoot-out” in the third race.
Ralph Webb and Mik Neville won the first race in the GP class by almost a minute. Simon Fletcher and John Cookson joined in racing and took the second race by half a minute. The third race was very tight with the lead changing hands several times. Simon and John eventually pulled out a lead and crossed the line eighteen seconds in front of Ralph and Mik to take the title as well as the Handicap result. Some excellent tactical race from these two experienced crews.
Keith Budden and Ben Roberts won the first race on handicap and Ben Roberts , helming for the second race, also won on handicap. After eventually deciding who would sail the third race, Ben was just too far behind Simon to win the handicap trophy.
Mike and Linda Harrold, showing some tidy spinnaker skills were third in the first race but were forced to retire in the second when their spinnaker jammed..
In the Laser class only two boats sailed in the first race which was won comfortably by Mike Dalziel from Craig Chadderton. Simon Challand joined them in the second race and Craig was only 40 seconds behind Mike which gave him a chance of winning the Handicap trophy with a good result in the third race. Despite coming second Craig just did enough to win the Handicap trophy- a good close race.
Matthew Chadderton, in his Topper, was the only sailor who competed in the Menagerie Race and posted three excellent times. Matthew also took the Top Junior award. Just goes to show that you to have to be in it to win it.