Friday, 24 November 2017

Shield triumph for hosts

HENLEY Sailing Club won the Thames Valley Inter-match Shield, a competition that was resumed after a two-year absence due to

HENLEY Sailing Club won the Thames Valley Inter-match Shield, a competition that was resumed after a two-year absence due to floods and bad weather.

The shield is open to clubs racing on or around the river Thames and this year was held on the Wargrave reach and tested crews from Abbey SC and Henley SC over three, one hour, six mark courses stretching from Wargrave to Shiplake.

Thirteen boat crews took part in a variety of dinghies including National Twelves, Albacore, Wayfarer, Laser, Phantom, Solo and Enterprise.

Only one boat capsized but was clearly given extra determination by the experience and the N12 boat Treebore, skippered by Stephen Gent and crewed by Viv Roberts, mastered the blustery conditions to take first place for Henley.

The second placed crew was Tim and Sue Hunt in one of the three Abbey Wayfarers with Tim Saunders and Carol Stitson coming third for Henley in a vintage N12.

The overall club winner was Henley SC with a 9-12 point advantage over their competitors.

This summer, the annual Henley Sailing Club open day is being held at Wargrave on Saturday, June 1 from 2pm to 5.30pm where everyone is welcome to come and have a go at sailing on the waters of this beautiful part of the Thames Valley.

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