Very variable conditions were the hallmark of the 159th Annual Regatta staged by the Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club between 30th July and 6th August 2016. The first Saturday’s programme enjoyed sunny intervals and a steady breeze for the Fleet Review as well as the Ladies and Cadet races. All yachts sailed the line to salute the Flag Officers before approaching the north pier where the Deputy Mayor and Mayoress were also given 3 cheers by the crews. ‘Enigma’ won the Norman Cooke Cup for the best turned out yacht and the winning helms of the Ladies and Cadet races were Lynn Jones and Harry Pickering respectively.
Cloudy but fine conditions with a light breeze greeted 22 yachts comprising 5 classes, which competed in the first 2 races on Sunday. On Monday the wind was very variable and during the second race, a substantial wind shift precipitated changing fortunes for many competitors. The following day a stronger easterly set in under an overcast sky and by Wednesday it was touching gale force accompanied by very strong gusts, which led to a decision to cancel the 2 races scheduled for that day.
As if to complete the mix of conditions, torrential rain doused boats and crews both before and at the start of Thursday’s racing. Yet on Friday morning there was virtually no wind, resulting in the Cruiser class yachts drifting on the ebb tide to Flamborough Head where they encountered a big, lumpy sea which proves awkward when boats have little steerage way. Nonetheless conditions improved to enable those yachts to complete the coastal race to Filey Brigg and back.
By contrast the Squib and Yorkshire One Design yachts were obliged to anchor in the Bay until the afternoon, in part awaiting a breeze to fulfil the 3 races planned for that day. However exasperation was compounded when it was found that criminal damage had been done to 3 inflatable racing marks owned by the Club, in that they had been slashed with knives and deliberately sabotaged. This malicious act and wanton vandalism not only delayed racing but occasioned significant cost through loss and recovery of ground tackle.
At the end of a challenging and competitive week the principal trophy winners were:-
Class A Cruisers, winner of the Voluta Cup for the overall series: Aquaholic
Class B Cruisers, winner of the Dunsley Cup for the overall series: First Fling
National Squib, winner of the Fairy Cup for the overall series: Perkers
Yorkshire One Design, winner of the Royal Princess Parade Cup for the overall series: Blackie
Contessa 26: winner of the Prince of Wales Cup for the overall series: Daisy Dog
This year First Fling also carried off the Commodores Rose Bowl for the best performance in all classes as well as the Roland Winn 1926 Cup as winner of combined A and B classes on the coastal race…..