Last Saturday saw the Pennel Trophy Race take place in brisk conditions
The Pennel trophy Race is an annual event which is supposed to be undertaken in a spirit of fun. A good field of boats were entered, though not all made it to the start line and some had a scratch crew. That didn’t restrain the competitive spirit. With time staggered starts to cover the handicaps it was a straight race, easy to see what the positions were.
The first off, on handicap, were Eriskay and Chione, the Westerly Fulmars. 5½ tons so they take a bit of moving but the wind was brisk so there was no problem. Eriskay, with a last minute crew of limited experience (me) made the better start and held the lead till just over half way through the course. However on the second leg to windward, Chione, with a new smaller genoa, was able to sail much closer to the wind and made the Leith mark without having to do an extra tack. Eriskay had left it too late to reduce her oversized genoa and lost ground. She never managed to make it up again. Chione held the lead and Eriskay tried manfully to hold off Whizz Too who had managed to claw her way up the field. Whizz Too slowly hauled past Eriskay on the last leg and just beat her to the line. Peak Flow, who also had two crew very new to racing came in fourth, followed by the H-boats, Varrich and Humdinger. A couple of other failed to finish (or failed to start).
For full results see: Pennel Trophy 2012
A point to note is that three people who had little or no racing got out for the afternoon and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Why not try it? Use the forum under Crew Wanted to seek a skipper willing to try untested crew. You have to start somewhere. And it does sharpen up your sailing skills wonderfully. Likewise skippers who haven’t raced before. Give it a try. Why not join the Cruising in company this weekend and take part in the stern chase back to Granton.
Adrian Shield (sorry no photos)