|TRAFALGAR TROPHY SERIES 2019|
|A total of SIX rounds will be sailed, with SIX races being sailed EACH week, best FOUR rounds to count. The same model yacht must be sailed in each round.|
The 2019 Trafalgar Trophy finally got under way with five keen helmsmen eager to challenge current champion Brian Hartley in this series.
A triangular course was set from the pontoon and Buoy 7 to Buoy 3 then along the far side of the lake to Buoy 5 and back to Buoy 7. After two laps, the finish was at the usual Buoy 8.
Brian got off to a great start (obviously intent on retaining the Trophy) by winning the first race after a close battle to the line with Paul Beardshaw. The second race saw the reverse result with Paul taking advantage of a collision between Brian and Stuart Axon. Stuart had a good start to the Series finishing third in both races.
Race 3 saw Roger Monks make a late dash piping Paul over the finish line with Phil Parsons in close pursuit, and finishing third. Brian won Race 4 again just ahead of Paul with Phil again claiming third spot. Races 5 and 6 were both won by Paul, with Phil in second in both and Brian third.
It was a typical Bridlington sailing day when the boat that caught the occasional breeze left the fleet behind. The distant Buoys 3 and 5 also caused problems, and were missed several times resulting in the offending boats well behind after their corrections.
The day ended with Paul taking the honours for the first round, Brian second. Phil recovered well after a poor start and took the third place.
After a break of a few weeks for various reasons, a group of brave or foolhardy skippers braved the cold and wet weather to compete in the second round of this year’s Trafalgar Trophy. It was a pleasure to see Colin Mason who joined us for the morning’s racing after a long absence and a couple of the Scarborough lads who dropped in to watch the fun.
There was a good strength westerly breeze pretty evenly spread across the lake and a course was set from Buoy 7 to Buoy 3, back to Buoy 6 and returning to Buoy 7 with the finish at Buoy 8 after two laps.
Brian Hartley got off to a good start again beating Paul Beardshaw into second place with Roger Monks third. The second race saw Brian and Paul change places while the rest of the fleet finished in the same positions. Races 3 and 4 saw an exact repeat of the first two leaving Brian and Paul level. A collision in Race 5 left Brian in third place with Paul and Roger claiming the first two positions which they repeated in the last race with George Younger claiming the third place this time.
Honours for the day went to Paul with the maximum ten points with Brian hot on his heels taking the nine.
It was really nice to see Dave Johnston at the lake today to take part in the third round of this year’s Trafalgar Trophy. Seven boats competed in a very slight southerly breeze which seemed to only cover the South East corner of the lake. As a result, a short course was set around Buoys 6,7 and 8 for one lap then doubling back from Buoy 7 to the finish line at Buoy 8. This made for some interesting sailing around the windward mark, where quite a few penalties were incurred as most boats arrived there together.
Current champion Brian Hartley got off to a good start again, and was a clear leader in the first race before a penalty turn killed off any hope of finishing first, leaving Paul Beardshaw to take advantage and claim the victory. Phil Parsons – back in action after winch repairs, took the second place and Roger Monks came third.
Brian got his revenge in the second race by beating Roger and Phil to the finish line. Stuart Axon had his best result of the day in the third race by finishing third behind Paul and Brian. Dave Johnston managed to take the fourth place despite being out of practice of late. George Younger came fifth and appeared to be struggling today in the slight wind. After the break the wind appeared to be slightly stronger and races 4 and 6 were again victories for Paul with Brian winning Race 5.
Despite the poor wind, there was a lot of good racing with some very close finishes where the lead changed hands near the finish line but honours for the day went to Paul with Brian taking the second place and Roger third.
A flat calm on the lake welcomed the sailors for Round 4 of this year’s Trafalgar Trophy, but by the time all the preparations were made, there was a breath of wind which enabled the competition to go ahead. Because the only wind appeared to be on the far side of the lake, a narrow triangular course was set from between Buoys 5 and 6, sailing to Buoy 3 and back along the far side back to Buoys 5 and 6 for two laps, before finishing from Buoy 6 to the usual finish line at Buoy 8.
George Younger had a magnificent start after struggling in the last round and left the fleet far behind to win the first race. Phil Parsons finished in second place, with current champion Brian Hartley finishing third. Races 2 and 3 saw Brian take the wins after a photo finish on the line with Paul Beardshaw in Race 3. After the break, Paul took his revenge in Race 4 ahead of Brian whilst George kept up his good form third, before having a clear win in the fifth race. Brian won the final race of the day ahead of George.
Brian kept the series alive by claiming the maximum ten points, with George finishing in a well deserves second place. Current leader Paul finished third with Phil fourth. With another two rounds to go, the competition is far from over!
We finally got the Trafalgar Trophy completed with Round 6 today. Current holder Brian Hartley, was defending his title, and the result was down to the final round which Brian had to win. Anything less than maximum points would see Paul Beardshaw winning the shield.
It was a close run thing, and I have used every scoring system ever devised but, after checking with John Foster with both Brian and I finishing on identical points, the title was settled by the countback system whereby Paul won by the narrowest of margins - despite seasonal adjustments, handicaps or any other thing I could think of.
I believe that the number of points he scored for his age was the decisive score.
Congratulations to Paul and commiserations to Brian..
Well done George Younger for finishing in third place one point ahead of Roger Monks
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