Mary once more the queen of the Beer luggers

It was ideal weather for lugger racing last Monday, writes John Mortimore.

There was a fresh north west wind blowing over a calm sea with sunshine above.

It was a pursuit race. This is a race where all boats are handicapped. The luggers with the highest handicap start first and others follow at minute intervals. The race is sailed for exactly sixty minutes.

First away was the Katherine, second was Puffin and Moondance. Third was Scrumpy and Twilight followed by the Mary. Percy Mitchell was next with Cuckoo bringing up the rear.

The Katherine held the lead for the first two rounds of the race with Scrumpy and Mary beginning to catch up on her.


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As the race progressed Moondance overhauled Puffin while the Mary overtook Scrumpy.

Later the Puffin regained her lead over Moondance.

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The wind held its strength; this led to some exciting sailing. A north west wind can be a tricky wind to sail. Making the right decisions when to tack and where to tack can make the difference between winning and losing.

The Mary gradually caught up with the Katherine on the windward mark and took the lead.

Meanwhile, the Percy Mitchell came through the fleet to command second position but couldn’t catch the Mary who increased the lead and went on to win the race.

Result of the race: 1. Mary (D Boalch); 2. Percy Mitchell (K Gosling); 3. Scrumpy (G Lockyer); 4. Puffin (R Driver); 5. Cuckoo (G Dart); 6. Katherine (M Diplock); 7. Moondance (G Pook). Twilight (P Bagwell) retired.

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