Woozle Hunter back in the groove under new ownership Janes Cup Winner & Spirit back on the Podium for the second time - Thames Estuary shield winner

Posted: Wednesday, 13th June 2018

Janes Cup

On Saturday 9th June nine yachts raced from Burnham on Crouch to the River Medway for the Janes Cup. This trophy was presented jointly to the Medway Yacht Club and The Royal Engineers in 1956 by Brigadier Basil Chichester-Cook  in memory of his 10 year old daughter Jane who was tragically killed in motor accident. The crew onboard his yacht called Sea Bird were obviously devastated so they clubbed together and purchased a solid silver cup in memory of her.

In the late 1950’s and early 1960’s The Medway Yacht Club and The Royal Engineers were very active with the growth of East Anglian Offshore and therefore it was decided that the Janes Cup would be part of the East Anglian Offshore series.

This year, the race was started at the Branklet buoy on the River Crouch with a light north easterly wind with gentle tacking up to the Whitaker buoy. A long spinnaker leg followed, with lots of gybing along the Maplin sands and into the river Medway. It was just under 9 hours before Brave (class 1) crossed the line at buoy 26.

With these light winds Woozle Hunter did what she does best and forty-five minutes later crossed the finish line, on handicap – an unexpected  overall win for the new owners.

Overall and Class III. (Janes Cup and Dutch Cup): Woozle Hunter

Owners: Phil Hammond, David Harrington -Lyn, Alex Pentelow & Adam Thomas

Class II. Spirit (Garrison Trophy)

Owner: Paul Scott

Class I. Full Tilt ( Vendatta Cup)

Owners: Ross Eldred

Thames Estuary Shield

On Sunday eight yachts raced back to the River Crouch for The Royal Corinthian’s Thames Estuary Shield, the start line was at buoy 26 with a course pretty much the same as the Janes Cup from the day before but in reverse. Paul Scott and his crew did an excellent job of keeping out the flood tide and hugged the shore from Garrison Point to the Medway Buoy, this planning paid dividends and it wasn’t long before Paul was on the heels of the class one boats.  This manoeuvre and good tacking set him up nicely for another podium win. Today Paul is now leading the series overall – no pressure then.

Overall & Class II win: Spirit

Owner: Paul Scott

Class III: Woozle Hunter

Owners: Phil Hammond, David Harrington -Lyn, Alex Pentelow & Adam Thomas

Class 1:  Full Tilt

Owner: Ross Eldred

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