Bright sunshine, clear skies and a gentle force 1 breeze welcomed competitors to the Terry Booth Trophy on Saturday 27th September.
The racing was split between 2 fleets, the ‘Gold fleet’ for competitive / competent racers and the ‘Silver fleet’ for less experienced helms.
In the Silver fleet, George Marlow took an early lead sailing his Olympic themed optimist dinghy named ‘Champagne’ closely followed by new member Drew sailing a club topper dinghy. Both lads sailed superbly with Drew managing to pull ahead during the second half of the race. George kept his cool in the difficult shifting conditions and just managed to beat Drew on corrected time to take the title in the Silver fleet.
The Gold fleet was hotly contested between Junior sailors who have already proven their skills at national level. Ryan and Calum Padro raced their Comet trio with great skill. Team mates Rory Bush and James Griffiths took a last minute decision to change boat class and took to the water in a Lark. Eve Webley raced her lazer with Harry Marlow also taking a late decision to race in an RS Tera. Kai Jimenez played it safe by racing a familiar topper.
Race Officer Chris Padro set a good course which tested the junior sailor’s abilities. The Padro brothers set the early pace but were constantly chased down by Rory and James in the Lark. Eve Webley showed her steely determination and boat handling skills making her lazer dinghy perform well around the course. Harry and Kai both overcame issues to complete the course. Results guru Chris Biglin ‘crunched the handicap calculations’ to reveal that the Gold fleet event had been won by Ryan and Calum for the 2nd year in succession with Rory and James finishing a credible 2nd. Eve took 3rd place with Harry a well deserved 4th. Kai was happy with his 5th place but watch out for him next year when he has even more experience in the boat.
Race winners Ryan and Calum were presented with the beautiful ‘Terry Booth’ trophy by race organiser Marie Booth along with a separate trophy to keep. In his victory speech Ryan kindly thanked everyone who had made the event possible including the race management team, rescue boat team and all other supporters.
Marie Booth made a wonderful speech remembering her late husband Terry who had been a founder member of Shustoke Sailing Club, great supporter of junior sailors and a much loved member of the club
The event was generously sponsored by the Coleshill branch of Morrison’s Supermarket. Gift vouchers were presented to 2 sailors that had demonstrated particular skill and endeavour on the day. These were presented to Drew for his fantastic ‘up wind’ performances in laps 3 and 4 and to Eve for her sheer hard work and determination in the Gold fleet against tough opposition. Shustoke S.C is extremely grateful to Morrison’s for their thoughtful and kind support of the event.
The day ended with a delicious cake being enjoyed by all of the junior competitors…. With one or two of the adult helms (particularly Solo sailors) also managing to acquire a slice!
Look out for the Terry Booth trophy next year.