Noble Marine Travellers Trophy (TT)





Following last year’s success in holding the first Travellers’ Trophy event at Bough Beech in recent times, it was decided to have another go this year. Again this is the only event south of London and the turnout was a little down on last year with 5 visitors joining 4 club boats. The forecast of a sunny day with southerly force 3 gusting 4 materialised and the 250 acre reservoir set in attractive North West Kent countryside could not be more inviting.

The meeting was shared with the Streaker and RS600 classes and the race officer, Don Buckle managed to set a course that generally suited all requirements of reaching and downwind sailing.

Whilst there was plenty of place changing throughout the day, the length of course and wind strength lead to a fairly similar finishing order in each of the races.

Race 1 saw Richard Lambert of the home club lead convincingly from start to finish and Martin Burgess (also of Bough Beech) was second, beating Steve Johnson of Cotswold Sailing Club after a race long tussle.

Race 2 was held back-to-back with slightly increasing strength in the gusts. Lambert again lead throughout and Burgess, having worked through from an early fourth place took second again, ahead of Johnson. Others were in similar positions to race 1 except James Gerwat of Felpham Sailing Club who moved up to fourth.

Race 3 was held after lunch, with reduced strength in the gusts and continuing brilliant sunshine. Johnson not only finished ahead of Burgess but managed to overtake Lambert in the final lap to take first place. This did not stop Lambert winning the overall event but enabled Johnson to take second place and push Burgess into third.

Everyone agreed it had been a good day’s sailing and the good fortune dispensed by the weather gods was further reinforced by the flat calm covering the lake only an hour or so after racing ended.

Location: Bough Beech

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