2018 Wilkinson Sword Trophy

The final standings after the final event. Only two points separated first from second overall, with third a further 4 points adrift. Close at the end.

Congratulations Terry Curtis and your crews Peter Greig & Andy Rushworth on winning 2018 Wilkinson Sword Trophy.

Keep a look out for the 2019 Wilkinson Sword events list.

by David Downs

Tata Steel Sailing Club 16th and 17th May

The Welsh and Midland Championship for the Osprey Class was held over the weekend of 16th and 17th May at Tata Steel Sailing Club on the Eglwys Nunnydd Reservoir near Port Talbot. The turnout was a little down with some of the locals recovering from minor operations or having other commitments.

On Saturday the North Westerly wind was significantly stronger than the force 3 to 4 that had been forecast and strangely was regularly shifting through around 20 to 30 degrees. Paul Bambridge the Race Officer set a trapezoidal course sailing the outer loop, which made best use of the lake and should have been easy enough for the competitors, however at one time or another many of us succeeded in getting lost on the way around!

In the first race Terry Curtis crewed by Alex Shaw from the home club and Kevin Francis and Philip Male made the early running but by sailing to the wrong windward mark on the loop they allowed Paul Heater/Jonathan Osgood into the lead. Terry and Alex made a great effort to get back through the fleet, but had to settle for third after a last lap battle with Ros and David Downs which saw the lead change 2 or 3 times.

The second race after a break for lunch turned into something of a demolition derby as the wind strength dramatically increased. Terry and Alex capsized in a big gust on a reach and broke their boom, the running was taken up by Kevin and Phil until a broken jib halyard and thus a broken mast brought their weekend to a premature end. With Paul and Jonathan engaged in swimming practice it was left to the two Tata vintage boats to survive the last lap. Mike and Pam Murray getting a favourable shift on the last beat to finish ahead of Ros and David. With a limited number of boats and crews in a fit state to sail the last race of the day it was wisely decided to cancel the race and sail three back to back on Sunday morning.

The Osprey fleet retired to the Murray’s for an enjoyable evening of beer, food (including a Mike Murray apple crumble) and stories and woke in the morning to much better conditions with a force 2 to 3 building to 4.

The rearranged race 3 was won by Terry Curtis now crewed by another local Gareth Davies and using Paul and Jonathan’s spare boom with Paul and Jonathan second. I can’t tell much about the race as having tied the spinnaker sheets in a knot under the boat while dropping the kite and then sailing to the wrong windward mark (they didn’t even look similar!) it was all happening a long way in front of us!

Races 4 and 5 were both close and were won by Terry/ Gareth with Peter/Jonathan second, while the battle between the Tata boats for third place was all very exciting.

Overall Terry Curtis with crews Alex Shaw and Gareth Davies were crowned as worthy Welsh and Midland Champions with Paul Heather and Jonathan Osgood second and Ros and David Downs third.

At this early stage in the season Terry is setting the pace in the Wilkinson Sword Osprey
travellers circuit having wins at Starcross, Mounts Bay and Tata, will anyone else mount a
challenge through the rest of the season?

Sail No Club Helm Name Crew Name Nett Points
1st 1281 Weymouth YC Terry Curtis Alex Shaw/Gareth Davies 6
2nd 1292 Aldenham SC Paul Heather Jon Osgood 7
3rd 1114 Tata Steel SC Ros Downs David Downs 10
4th 1166 Tata Steel SC Mike Murray Pam Murray 13
5th 1348 Tata Steel SC Oscar Chess Lisa Chess 18
6th 1264 Tata Steel SC Andrew Jenkins Rebecca Jenkins 21
7th 1296 Castle Cove Kevin Francis Philip Male 28