This, bi-annual event for 36 inch vane steered yachts took place on the
two consecutive weekends of 18th/19th & 25th/26th June 2005. The Regatta,
which was sponsored by the UK Vintage Model Yacht Group is open to all
36inch yachts and not specifically vintage craft. The venues for this
year's event were Gosport and Bournville where we sailed as guests of
the Gosport Model Yacht Club and the Bournville Model Yacht Club. Skippers
for eight boats from the USA made the trip. Competitors were five from
the San Francisco Model Yacht Club, one from San Diego, one from Albuquerque
and one from Marblehead. Organiser of the event, Graham Reeves sailed
for the USA team, enabling both countries to field a total of nine boats.
Things got off to a very good start when on Friday evening prior to
the race Martin and Liz. Bandey hosted an extremely enjoyable evening
at their home. Skippers their families and friends and model yachting
associates enjoyed "the odd glass or two" along with superb
Saturday morning brought almost perfect sailing conditions on the Gosport
Lake. The weather was glorious, an English summer day at its best with
the added bonus of a steady south-westerly breeze. Sailing commenced
at 10.30am and the pleasant breeze continued all day. Chris Harris as
Race Officer ensured that the race ran smoothly. Janet Harris as Scorer,
very ably recorded the points. The day was rounded off with everyone
meeting back at the Lake on Saturday evening. The venue was the Bistro
above the Gosport clubhouse; the occasion was the hosting of a three-course
meal for the American visitors sponsored by the VMYG. This proved to
be a very successful evening, much enjoyed by all who attended.
Day two of the event and Sunday brought similar weather conditions
to those experienced the previous day with top suits being held by some
boats whilst other sailed to advantage in their No 2 rigs. Sailing commenced
at 10.00am and continued through until about 4.00pm. Refreshments were
served in the Clubhouse whilst the scores were checked and verified.
The result of the first leg was a win for the UK team with 369.5points
with the USA team scoring 215.5points. The leading UK skipper was Alex
Austin from the Guildford Club with Mike Stobbe from San Francisco leading
the American team.
Full results (pdf file) here
Here are a few of the pictures from Gosport
If anyone would like a full size copy of the group photo jpg file
please e-mail me. The full
file will give good 8" x 6" prints.