2018 Wilkinson Sword Trophy

The current standings with two events left in the series:

  • End of Season Final Fling at Rutland SC on 29th & 21st October [joint meeting with 420, Contender & Hornet classes]
  • Shoreham Open on 28th October, [this is a rearranged date after original event was cancelled due to strong wind forecast]

Shoreham rerun is happening on the 28th October as a one day event everybody is welcome. I will open the bar on Saturday if people want to come the day before. We are planning an 11 o'clock start.
John & Caz

Next Class Events

First event in the Sailing SouthWest 2018/2019 Series at North Devon YC on Saturday 6th October

Wrecker Pursuit Race

The now traditional end of season event at Rutland SC on 20th & 21st October. Joint event with 420, Contender & Hornet Classes.

End of Season Final Fling

Second event in the Sailing SouthWest series at Penzance SC on 4th November

Penzance Pirate

First event of the 2018/2019 Selden Sailjuice Winter Series at Draycote Water SC on 17th & 18th November.

Draycote Dash

Next event in the Sailing SouthWest 2018/2019 Winter Series at Paignton SC on 2nd December

Christmas Cracker

TATA TARTS take the spoils at Tenby!

Report by David Downs

Ospreys made up around a third of the fleet for the Tenby Regatta and Round Caldey Island race on the 20th and 21st June. Six Ospreys from Tenby were joined by four from Tata and one from Saundersfoot on Sunday. The Regatta was kindly sponsored by Lewis Lewis & Co Ltd, local Solicitors, and this enabled the club to offer a prestigious team prize for teams of five boats, of £500. The Ospreys were determined to have a tilt at this prize.

Saturday's racing was three back to back races around triangular courses in Tenby Bay. The shifty westerly wind was a good deal stronger than forecast and made the choices up wind very interesting. The results were led by a Merlin Rocket but behind them the Ospreys were having a good scrap and acquitted themselves well. Ted Lewis from the home club came second overall with Ros and David Downs in 6th and Oscar and Lisa Chess in 8th.

 

On Sunday for the Round Caldey Island race, the westerly breeze was decidedly fresh. The race officer, concerned that the powerful Ospreys would get around the course too fast, extended the course with an extra mark in Tenby Bay to give a short beat to the finish. It was a close fetch from the start to the gap between the island and the shore where wind over tide made for some steep scary waves, then it was a blast along the island shore. The choices of when to fly the kite and when to gybe were crucial. There were some more scary waves off the end of the island before a superb two sail reach across the bay and short beat to the finish.

Par for the course was just one gybe and three tacks in the complete race! Tata Tarts team members Oscar and Lisa Chess were obviously keen for lunch as they blasted around the course in around an hour, which was thought to be around the course record!

At the prize giving, the team prize of £500 duly went to the Tata Tarts, a team consisting of four Ospreys and a friendly Fireball.

It was a great weekend sailing at a friendly and very attractive venue and the Welsh Ospreys hope to welcome other Ospreys to join in the fun next year.

In a very busy month of July for the class, the next Osprey open is at Shoreham on 4/5 July, then Weymouth Regatta on July 11/12, followed by the year’s peak, the Osprey Nationals at Highcliffe on July 23-26.

 

Tata Tarts Team List

Ros and David Downs Osprey s/no 1114, Oscar and Lisa Chess Osprey 1348, Mike and Pam Murray Osprey 1166, Andrew and Rebecca Jenkins Osprey 1264, Gordon and Ruth Evans Fireball 14918.

All five are husband and wife teams.