racing yachts

This event for cruisers is raced annually, the trophy having been gifted by the Trower family who were long time stalwarts of the club.

Established: 1965

Course: Black Shelf (P), Stoneness (P), Greenhithe Tug Buoy(P), Black Shelf(S), White Hart(S), Broadness(S), Black Shelf(S), White Hart(S)

Date: 18 September, 2021

Briefing: 1000

Start: 1100

Tide: HW 1158

Wind: SE 2-3

The penultimate trophy race of a very strange year saw a fleet of 5 boats enter. Light conditions put paid to any ideas of a long course, and instead the race officer laid out a course in our main "stadium" area.

Some unusual crew combinations were evident, with certain Messrs. Darby and McLean joining the crew of Mojo. At least she had her full quota of Daves for the day!

Breaking recent convention the race started at the published time. High Spirits started on the north side of the river and managed to make the mark on a broad reach, with remainder of the fleet starting from closer to the Kent side and having to run in to it.

The wind conditions allowed all boats to make Stoneness in a single reach, with High Spirits and Mojo rounding it successfully despite a strong tidal effect trying to draw boats around the point. Somewhat true to form  tug movements interrupted the following boats, Fleur de Leigh and Midas Touch managing to get across just quickly enough to avoid a barge coming the other way. Unfortunately Hinemoa was not so quick and lost more valuable minutes in the tide whilst the traffic cleared.

Despite fickle wind conditions the boats all managed to master the last of the flood tide, but there was drama at the finish! With the wind on the nose, High Spirits ended up sailing through the club moorings to get to the finish line. Therefore line and race honours went to Mojo.

Special mention to Sea Moon for providing unofficial (moral) support, sunbathing and spectating services from the water. 


TrowerTrophy - 18/09/21 at 1100

Start: Start 1, Finishes: Place
Rank Fleet Boat Class SailNo Club HelmName CrewName PY Elapsed Corrected Points
1   Mojo Moody 346     D.Brown   1032 67:40 1:05:34 1.0
2   Fleur de Leigh Trapper 400     S. Lumnitzer   1066 88:09 1:22:42 2.0
3   Midas Touch Jaguar 25 1288   G. Earley   1147 95:04 1:22:53 3.0
4   Hinemoa Hunter 490 35   M. James   1148 98:20 1:25:39 4.0
5   High Spirits Sigma 33 4405   D. Atkins   959 DSQ   6.0