Tamesis British Moth Open 27 Oct 2012

A bitterly cold, strong and gusty northerly winter wind threw every trick it had at the six boats competing for the British Moth Bucket at the open meeting at Tamesis Club, Teddington, on Saturday 27 October and viciously dumped three of them into a situation in which they all scored five points and the overall result had to be resolved by tie breaks. Unlike their fellow competitors, they managed to avoid the bone-chilling experience of being dumped into the Thames by capsizes, but, like the racing, it was very close!

British Moth Open at Tamesis 27/10/2012

Winner of the Bucket, counting two firsts and a third from the best three of the four races, was Andy Matthews, from Chew Valley SC, sailing X-Moth (881). Second was Toby Cooper, from Broxbourne SC, sailing When (754), counting a first and two seconds. Third was Tamesis helm Rob Wilder in Outsider (88), also counting a first and two seconds. The tie breaks ruled that Matthews should be first because he had beaten the others in the first two races, and that Cooper should be second because he had beaten Wilder in the last race. Wilder, the previous owner of X-Moth, had the consolation of winning the Somerville Trophy for the best results at British Moth open meetings throughout this 80th anniversary year of the class.

British Moth Open at Tamesis 27/10/2012

Race Officer Carolyne Vines, Tamesis Rear Commodore Sailing, set a long course down to Lensbury for the first race with the up-river mark just downstream of Steven’s Ait. Two rounds were sailed before the race was shortened and Andy Matthews crossed the finishing line just over a minute in front of Rob Wilder with Toby Cooper a close third. The course was reduced in length for the second race and this ran to three full rounds before Matthews beat Cooper by 14 seconds with Wilder another six seconds astern. After a break for lunch, Wilder won the third race crossing just over a minute ahead of Cooper, with Matthews another two minutes behind. The fourth race went to Cooper who beat Wilder, despite his having led at both the down and upstream marks, by only two seconds, with Matthews a near third.

The prizes were presented by Nicky Chavasse, who prepared both a ploughman’s lunch and tea for the competitors. There were visiting boats from Broxbourne, Chew Valley, Hunts and St. Edmundsbury Sailing Clubs.