Smith Cup 2019


Smith Cup Race Report

16 Boats came to the Osea Line in sunshine for the first race of the 2019 BJRC season, following the postponement of the Blackwater Cup due to strong winds
The line up included 4 new boats this season:

Charlie Ball upgrading to his MG HS 30 “Silver Fox”
Tommy Mills 2 up in his new Sonata “Playboys”
Lana Clark in her First 325 “Steorra”
Ian Ivermee was also only 2 up in his Robber “Sundance” – last seen in 2017

Race Officer Malcolm Holland was anchored in his smart new powerboat, and initially set a rather ambitious 40nm course, (well thats powerboat drivers for you..!)

Light easterlies were predicted and the fleet got way cleanly with the exception of Moonshadow, running aground on Osea mud and in all probability costing her the race

Light wind beating (so much a feature of the 2018 season) was the order of the day out to the Bench head past the new BJRC sponsored No 3 race buoy

Tigo IV and Silver Fox were the early leaders and soon chased down by the late starting Moonshadow who was having much improved performance over 2018

Caroline also had a much improved performance despite a poor start and soon pulled up to 4th place but was unable to get past Moonshadow

Thanks to 200hp, Malcom was able to follow the fleet and after 3 hours of beating to the Bench Head called for a course shortening to take in loops out to the North Eagle and Inner Bench Head

Wiley Tommy Mills used all of his years of skill and capitalised on the light wind performance of a Sonata. He was still in touch with the leaders by the Bench Head and swapping places with McGregor III all the way to the first spinnaker lift at the North Eagle

Further down the fleet Soprano, Rocket and Evolution were equally matched and swapping places throughout the race until Soprano had a recurring spinnaker “stuck up the mast” issue at No 3

Sundance raced with only 2 crew but came a creditable 7th place in their first outing.

Moondance and Steorra retired on the run home

In the final analysis the larger boats were unable to pull out enough of a lead to stop Playboys winning by 12 mins on corrected time.  However, only 20 mins separated the rest of the fleet on corrected time

Another beautiful sunny BJRC race on the Blackwater Estuary

First 3 boats in BJRC fleet were:
Tommy Mills      Playboys
John Gibson     Moonshadow (Joint 2/3)
Alan Hoy           Dan Dare (Joint2/3)

In the IRC Class
Kevin Whittle      Evolution
Richard Robarts Blue Moon
Peter Ward         McGregor III

Full race results and series update can be viewed on the BJRC website here