racing yachts

This is one of the oldest races in our calendar. Originally presented by F Davison for a race "Up river and  back", these days the course is dictated by tide and conditions.

Established: 1957

Course: Jenningtree, Erith YC (Finish)

Date:    26 June 2021

Briefing: 1230

Start: 1330

HW: 1501

Wind: E2-3

This years Davison Cup was race with a difference  - we started from TYC as usual and head upstream to Jenningtree, but we completed the race at Erith YC to join their summer barbecue

In order to ensure our merry sailors could get back aboard their boats, those who were stopping over towed their dinghies. With nothing obvious in the rules covering such a scenario, the stand in Race Officer reversed the normal Spinnaker penalty and gave those boats  towing tenders a 2% bonus on their handicap.

The start was spectacular, with the Goodyear airship making an appearance as if to wave the fleet off. Sparkle didn't notice the tide was still flooding and was at Broadness for the gun. Half an hour later she managed to cross the line and set off after the rest of the fleet. With light winds and a following tide the fleet made its way up stream, the unencumbered High Spirits leading the charge.

Mojo broke out her kite along Long Reach, adding a bit of colour for any spectators. 10 out of 10 for effort guys!

The wind picked up as the tide changed and the fleet made a spectacular sight as they tacked back downstream towards the finish.

High Spirits took line honours and was closely followed across the line by race winner Freedom (and her tender).

There is a whole other story to cover the following barbecue - suffice to say thank you to our friends at Erith for their hospitality.


Davison Cup - 26/06/21 at 1330

Start: Start 1, Finishes: Place
Rank Fleet Boat Class SailNo Club HelmName CrewName PY Elapsed Corrected Points
1 Tender tow Freedom Quartet 228   R. Smith   1088 2:00:41 1:50:55 1.0
2 Tender tow Midas Touch Jaguar 25 1288   G. Earley   1167 2:20:05 2:00:02 2.0
3 Spinnaker Mojo Moody 346     D.Ashton   1011 2:03:27 2:02:06 3.0
4   High Spirits Sigma 33 4405   D. Atkins   959 1:59:15 2:04:21 4.0
5 Tender tow Fleur de Leigh Trapper 400     S. Lumnitzer   1087 2:17:50 2:06:48 5.0
6 Tender tow Helix Macwester Rowan Crown 38   K.Edwards   1239 2:39:23 2:08:38 6.0
7 Tender tow Kinsale Trident 24     Y. Yordanov   1227 2:52:55 2:20:56 7.0
8   Sparkle Minstrel 680 4   M. White   1254 2:58:02 2:21:58 8.0