The 2015 Cruiser class season was a mixed one, from a slow start, to changes of boat, a season long battle between 2 boats and a great regatta the year had a bit of everything. Due to boats not being ready for the beginning of the season (Bob and Mike had spent the winter completing a major overhaul of Starchick), it started in anger during the spring series, with the first 3 places being split by just three points, with each boat taking a share of line honours.
The Herman series proved to be a two way scrap between Aquaholic and Starchick, something that would continue unabated throughout all the series. But for these first two series it was Aquaholic who drew first silverware of the year.
By the time of the summer series Endeavour had been sold and replaced with Ocean Whisper a Sunfast 37, although it would be some time before Jon and Sarah got to grips with their new boat, so didn’t show much in the results.
As the summer rolled on, the coastal series was as popular as ever. This series allows the cruisers a chance to stretch their legs after weeks of round the cans racing. Unfortunately due to some high wind forecasts, of which there were a few through the year, three of the races were not sailed. The one that did race, was a close fought affair between Endeavour and Starchick taking it to the wire, with Starchick coming out on top.
Regatta week had everything, good weather, wind, no wind and great racing. 8 boats competed, Chaotic a laser SB3 and Apollo from Scarborough. The racing was competitive all week with any one of three boats being able to take the week right up to the final day. Starchick took the week after a close last race from Aquaholic, Chaotic slipped back into third place, followed by Happy Daze, Apollo, Sea Biscuit, Sunfire and Ashling. Harry Pickering won the Class cadet, with the rest of Aquaholic’s crew bringing in the bar bill prize for the second year in a row.
Scarborough Yacht Club regatta followed on August bank holiday. The RYYC has done well at Scarborough over recent years, this year was not to be one of them. After one short race on the Saturday and a total loss of racing on Sunday due to a total lack of wind, all our cruis-ers returned to Bridlington, missing the last day, which by all accounts was a better day. I am sure 2016 will prove to a better year for us.
Trophies for the remaining series where shared between Aquaholic and Starchick. The Aimee race was won by Aquaholic, who also pulled in the F Class Challenge series. Although I am sure all Mike and Sue Abbey’s wins paled in to insignificance after the birth of their son Max, whom as far as I know also wins a trophy for being the youngest ever competitor of a race at the Royal Yorkshire. Looks like silverware runs strong in the Abbey family.
And so at the end of the season and we look towards the next season. Bob and Mike have sold Starchick, she is soon to move to her new home in Scarborough. Also I understand Mike Kaye will be racing ‘Such Fun’ an MGC 27 with Simon Handley, whilst Bob has joined forces with Tim Goodwill and purchased a superb looking Sigma 35 ‘Enigma’. She is one of the many classic designs from the board of the late David Thomas, one of Britain’s greatest yacht designers.
Starchick, a Starlight 30, has been a successful boat in and around Bridlington for many years, not only winning Bridlington regatta a number of times, but also Scarborough and Whitby regattas, including the Vernon Dawson Trophy on two occasions. A hard act to follow for sure.