A total of 8 boats ventured out into the bay on Saturday to compete in the Crystal Bowl trophy race. A long course was set with the first mark being Cayton, then to Scalby outfall and finally arriving back at the finish line.
The race station had chosen a downwind start, which made for a testing start to the race with a large northerly following swell. First to cross the line, showing fantastic speed and control of their spinnaker, was the 707 Humdinger. After rounding the green hitch mark just offshore of the Spa, all crews headed up into the wind to set sail for Cayton, with some carrying spinnakers all the way. The gusty wind made difficulties for some, highlighted by a good broach from the 707 Second Fiddle. Again Humdinger was first to the Cayton mark. Sadly this would be the last time they would be in control as they were quickly overtaken by Stormchaser, then Nemo and then everyone else.
A long beat from Cayton to Scalby sorted the men from the boys as a biting Northerly wind buffeted the crews. Stormchaser and Nemo showed great upwind performance for the entire leg and were the first two yachts to Scalby. The heavier boats Dash and Windshear were equally able to carve their way North. A gybe round the Scalby mark was quickly followed by the hosting of spinnakers. The extra speed gained downwind from a decent breeze and following swell meant the first boats were able to consolidate their lead.
1. Stormchaser, Tom Patrick
2. Nemo, Dave & Mike Turner
3. Dash, Martin Donnelly
4. Windshear, Ed Peacock