Yorkshire One Design 2016 Report
The 118th season for the YOD Class passed with little to report as Class Captain. The last time Mona was in this role, the meetings were fraught with debates on roller genoas, Epoxy coating or strip plank builds; these were either implemented and proved popular, brushed under a large carpet or did not materialise.
Blackie, true to form, was at the front of the Class, winning the Austerfield, and Centenary series, and Regatta week.As ever she was hounded by Mona, who won the Shield series and was ahead on points at the half way point of Regatta week, only for the A-team to depart to France with Neil Paveley taking on the helm. Clearly, steering a YOD requires slightly different skills from pulling a rowing oar, leaving Mona to take second whilst Blackie’s run of form lifted the trophy.
Lady Lena is still on a long-term sabbatical, as are Sinner, Saint and Yoyo, though Saint will perhaps return to the water before too long, as sight has been made of her with beautiful new planking.
Yilt took a short term rest, but is rumoured to be returning for 2017. Iolanthe, was purchased by Rob Gray and is only out of the water whilst he undertakes a more modest restoration; he is welcomed into the Class and it is good to see that the Class has not lost Neil Paveley, who has agreed to remain as Class Secretary and makes occasional guest appearances afloat. We hope that Ditherumpop is only missing on a temporary basis, once Tom Martin can bring himself to get salt on her new teak deck.
Joca was racing in 2016, as was Jesta, both looking fantastic in their restored condition.Tito II had a successful year snapping at the heels of Blackie and Mona and is getting worryingly faster by the year, taking a Regatta first place.
Patience made her usual guest appearance for Regatta week, with her higher than average aged crew always sailing her fast.
2016 was a thin year for YODs in the water, but the signs are that there will be more for 2017 and I hope that everyone has great fun this year.