racing yachts

One of our oldest races and originally a one-design race, this trophy was donated by W Deans and R Elliot. It is now open to boats of any class sailing under the Byron system.

Established: 1957

Course: Tilbury South Cardinal

Date: 19 June 2021

Briefing: 1200

Start: 1245

Wind: E2

LW:  1410


Four boats showed up for our first Saturday trophy race of the season.

The winds were light and right on the nose, so the race officer decided to start the race early to give the fleet time to make the Ovens buoy which was the original mark.

It was a long beat up the Gravesend Reach, and the race was shortened to go around the Tilbury South Cardinal. Fleur de Leigh was first around, but then she was the only A class boat in the race.

Hinemoa led Helix to the mark but temporarily fell behind at the rounding - although order was restored on the downwind leg.  There was just enough wind to keep the boats moving, and the calm conditions enhanced the spectacle (and sound) of a Spitfire flying over the fleet as they came past Tilbury lock.

Midas Touch kept touch and made up some time on the run in to the finish line, but ultimately it was Helix who took the prize.

All in all a surprisingly competitive race with only 8 minutes difference on corrected time between the first and last boats


Founders Cup - 19/06/21 at 1245

Start: Start 1, Finishes: Place
Rank Fleet Boat Class SailNo Club HelmName CrewName PY Elapsed Corrected Points
1   Helix Macwester Rowan Crown 38   K.Edwards   1215 2:46:0 2:16:38 1.0
2   Fleur de Leigh Trapper 400     S. Lumnitzer   1066 2:31:16 2:21:54 2.0
3   Hinemoa Hunter 490 35   M. James   1148 2:45:30 2:24:10 3.0
4   Midas Touch Jaguar 25 1288   G. Earley   1147 2:50:30 2:28:39 4.0