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2015 BOTTLE boat Championship – Report

image by Roger Stollery
image by Roger Stollery

A report from Roger Stollery

A warm break in the weather allowed another great radio sailing event, this year sponsored by ‘Gone Sailing – personalised mugs from the coast‘. It was sailed in a very relaxed atmosphere by 14 competitors from all over the country and provided a marvellous spectacle for family supporters and friends that lined the banks of the beautiful River Deben.

The scene
20 races were run in front of Waldringfield Sailing Club in ideal conditions: unusually warm and sunny weather with a NNW wind blowing 3-8 in mph, initially with the tide, but in the afternoon against the tide. The course was parallel to the shore in front of the clubhouse, which gave the opportunity for these colourful one designs to use the strong tide in the middle of the river for easy ‘beating’ on the 120 m sausage course, sharing the water with big yachts that were cruising by.

The morning racing
Racing against tide and wind was tricky to start with because of the strength of the tide and many kept going aground as they hugged the shoreline to keep in the slackest tide. The reigning champion, Rob Vice looked set to do well by winning the first 2 races. Alan Viney won the third and young Brilly Vice won the forth, but Rob had technical difficulties in Races 6 and 7 so that the leaderboard at lunchtime was headed by Bernard Kufluk, who won those two races to score 15 points, followed by Graham Viney with 17 and CJ Vice with 18.

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