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This trophy was established in honour of Kay Lucas, wife of long standing member Derek Lucas. This is a fundraising race and entry fees are donated to Cancer Research UK. The race is open to non-member yachts.

 Established: 1992

Course: Stoneness, Tug Buoy 5, Black Shelf, St Clements, Tug Buoy 5, White Hart

Registration: 1200

Briefing:  1330

Start: 1430

Entry fee: Minimum £5 per boat and £1 per crew (enter on the day - fee payable at briefing).

Wind: SW 4-5

HW: 1520

it was a good turn out for our annual Cancer Research charity race, with 9 boats entering and paying their entry donations.  Blustery conditions had some skippers getting their reefs in early, and some electing to go out under full canvas. The race had been timed around the high tide, and the course was set accordingly.

All boats made it to the starting area in good time, all boats showing good speed with the wind behind them against the flood tide as they exercised and manoeuvred around the tug buoys. There was a fast reach to the start line. Carioca was too eager, possibly a result of it being her first outing of the year, and crossed the line a second or so early.

The first beat up to Stoneness was glorious and gruelling with the tide still favourable, but kicking up a bit of a chop against the wind. It was a great opportunity for novice crew members to get their hand in, although one skipper admitted to wondering why he wasn't making much progress until he realised he had let a motor boater take the helm - or that is his excuse!

Freedom and Fleur de Leigh stretched their legs in front, with the remainder of the fleet jockeying for position. Linnet and Soufflee made it to the mark next. Carioca recovered from her poor start to fight back to the middle of the fleet. Southern Knight, Northern Star, Midas Touch and Solvik were all still in it at this stage.

Having the wind right on the nose slowed things down enough that he race officer shortened the course which had originally included a loop around White Hart, and Broadness.

The tide changed as the first boats were running down to Black Shelf, and the advantage started to move towards the faster boats. The beat back up to St Clements sifted the fleet. Freedom was well in front at his stage, but  Fleur de Leigh, Linnet and Soufflee all made it around the mark before the tide caused too many problems. The rest of the fleet were not so lucky. Carioca made it to the mark although was hampered by two ships coming through at the wrong time. However with the wind on the nose, by this time boats were having to go all the way up to Stoneness to be able to crab across to the next mark.

Back at the front of the fleet there was a fast run into the finish. At the rear, retirements ensued with Midas Touch, Solvik, Southern Knight and Northern Star all calling it a day. However it was a great days sailing and nothing really embarrassing happened, although one skipper needs to remember he is meant to stay out of the way of the big ships. 

Line honours went to Freedom.

The adjusted times for the next 3 boats make interesting reading.  Well done for keeping it tight.

And more importantly, at last count over £550 was raised for Cancer Research UK - well done TYC!

Kay Lucas Trophy - 17/08/2019 at 1430

Start: Start 1, Finishes: Place
Rank Fleet Boat Class SailNo Club HelmName CrewName PY Elapsed Corrected Points
1   Freedom   228   R. Smith   1067 80.13 1.15.11 1.0
2   Linnet   412   T. Jackson   1092 103.45 1.35.01 2.0
3   Fleur de Leigh       J. Darby   1066 102.0 1.35.41 3.0
4   Souffle Jouet 760 K20T TYC C. Noler   1043 101.0 1.36.50 4.0
5   Carioca Pegasus 700     M. James   1168 138.54 1.58.55 5.0
6   Solvik Westerly Nomad 272 TYC M. Newman   1254 DNF   10.0
6   Midas Touch       G. Earley   1108 DNF   10.0
6   Northern Star       A. Fosket   1058 DNF   10.0
6   Southern Knight       D. McLean   1198 DNF   10.0

 

 

 

 

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  • 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.