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Crouch Yacht Club – Clare Cup

Filed Under (Amazon) by tony on 13-08-2011

From the Crouch Yacht Club website:  On Sunday morning 7th August the fleet were started off Bradwell Creek at 9.30 am to race for the Clare Cup back to Burnham. Amazon had joined the fleet at Bradwell late on Saturday to be able to take part in the return race. Seven boats started with Mantra again hitting the line first, but with Elixir getting her spinnaker up quickest. There was a fast run past Bench Head and Eagle before the fleet began to harden up before Knoll to head towards the Wallet. Amazon were flying their Code Zero, and carried it much longer than the rest of the fleet, but consequently had to sail much lower than the rhumb line, having a few problems taking it down. Elixir was leading the fleet at this point, with Amazon second, Scaramouche third, and Quencher fourth. On the beat, Amazon and Elixir crossed tacks several times, before Amazon took the lead. Elixir were still close to Amazon, but a navigational error which meant she had to go back to pass Whitaker 7 on the correct side, costing at least a minute, which meant Amazon got away. Encore got through Mantra and then through Quencher. The fleet then sailed up river to finish at the Crouch Yacht Club. Amazon took line honours, with Elixir second. Scaramouche finished third on the water, followed by Encore. The heavens then opened, and a large squall passed through, with thunder too, and Quencher, Mantra and Polaris III came through torrential rain to finish. When Mantra were approaching the line, the wind headed and went light, and her and Polaris III finished the race in calm conditions.
On corrected time, Amazon won the Clare Cup, with Scaramouche second, Elixir third, and Polaris III fourth. Vice Commodore Sail, Phillip Harbott presented the trophy to Tony Merewether in the club after sailing, with all crews relieved to be ashore having sailed in 30 knot gusts to get home.

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