Mary sails to victory in latest Beer luggers race

WITH a fresh north westerly wind blowing and a lumpy sea running, these were the conditions which met the seven luggers when they launched from the beach for last Monday’s race.

The first boats away from the starting line were the Cuckoo and Puffin. They sailed a westerly course towards the windward mark.

Three boats tacked shorewards but this move didn’t pay any dividends.

The Cuckoo reached the mark first with the Mary second, followed by Scrumpy.

Completing the first round of the race the Cuckoo still held a good lead.

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The Mary did make a little progress on the Cuckoo during the second round of the race but she still held pole position.

Meanwhile, in the middle of the fleet, Puffin, Little Wing, Catherine and Moondance were having a fine race between themselves with positions changing constantly.

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For the spectators on the shore the sailing was first rate and most interesting.

As the race came to its conclusion, the Cuckoo had managed to increase her lead and crossed the finishing line well ahead of the rest. The Mary held off Scrumpy for second place.

Results: 1, Cuckoo, sailed by G Dart; 2, Mary, sailed by D Boalch; 3, Scrumpy, sailed by G Lockyer; 4, Moondance, sailed by G Pook; 5, Little Wing, sailed by d Townsend; 6, Puffin, sailed by R Driver; 7, Catherine, sailed by M Diplock. Result by handicap: 1, Mary; 2 Little Wing.

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