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The Mayors Cup is raced each year on the nearest Saturday to May the 1st. It was originally established for young racers aged under 20, but in 1991 the format changed to focus on cruisers of all ages.

Established: 1977

Course: Jenningtree, White Hart

Date: 4 May 2019

Briefing: 1100

Start: 1200

Tide: HW 1349

Wind: N 4-6

A gusty day for the second trophy race of the season saw only 4 boats braving the elements to compete.

High Spirits showed all the temperament of a true thoroughbred, retiring before the start following problems putting a reef in.

Freedom, Hinemoa and Solvik all managed to shorten their canvas, working around another race coming up from Gravesend which magically appeared on our start line just as the gun was fired.

Things got lumpy heading up St Clements reach, with Freedom characteristically claiming a lead, Hinemoa just about managing to keep up with the Gravesend fleet and Solvik doggedly following behind.

One massive squall, horizontal hail, and a cockpit full of water saw Hinemoa call it a day just off the Cobelfret terminal. Solvik downed sails about the same time, following a "sequence of unfortunate events".

Freedom therefore proceeded around uncontested but taking a soaking to claim line and handicap honours.

If anybody finds a hat or boat hook floating around - please contact Solvik!


Mayors Cup - 04/05/2019 at 1200

Start: Start 1, Finishes: Place
Rank Fleet Boat Class SailNo Club HelmName CrewName PY Elapsed Corrected Points
1   Freedom   228   R. Smith   1067 149:55 2:20:30 1.0
2   High Spirits   4405   D. Atkins   959 DNS   21.0
2   Hinemoa   35   M. James   1148 DNF   21.0
2   Solvik       M. Newman   1254 DNF   21.0





All TYC members are reminded that special byelaws apply on the tidal Thames. All vessels, including those under sail, are required stay to the right of the fairway. Please apply common sense:

  • Do not cross in front of large vessels
  • Keep a lookout astern as well as ahead.
  • If approaching a large vessel,  make a prompt turn to starboard and get to the right side of the fairway. If you have a loud horn, sound one short blast, but in any case be clear and concise in your manoeuvres.
  • If sailing in races or company, make other boats aware of large vessels on channel 37 (M).
  • Consider making short tacks and go about midway across the fairway.
  • Maintain a listening watch on London VTS

Complying with rules reduces the chance of over enforcement being applied, and learning to sail within the constraints will make you a better sailor. For more information please visit the PLA's Boating on the Thames website.