Carmela Cup 2018 Report


Whilst the Carmela Cup is an open team racing event a large number of the team members were RTYC members reflecting the high standard of team racing at the Royal Thames.

Fortunately the conditions were close to ideal with a 12-14 knot breeze all day and, given that the forecast for the Sunday was for very little breeze, the PRO, Jennifer Woods opted to get racing going immediately.  With two crew change boats and a dedicated mark layer working all day by 3 pm the RTYC race team had completed 29 races. 

The standard of team racing was of extremely high quality and no clear winner had emerged at the end of the day.  The umpire team were kept extremely busy due to the closeness of the racing.  Unfortunately shortly before racing was due to finish one boat sustained significant damage in a collision so the PRO decided to suspend racing for the day.

After sterling overnight repair work by the RTYC bosun the damaged boat was back ready for action on Sunday but sadly the wind was sticking to the forecast of 2 – 4 knots.  The PRO managed to get 3 races running before all racing was abandoned.

The winner had to be calculated on count back as Itchenor Sailing Club, helmed by George Yeoman and Tim Saxton and RTYC, helmed by Andy Cornah and Sam Littlejohn, were equal on points just ahead of Wessex Exempt, helmed by Jonathan Pinner and Ben Ainsworth.  In the end Itchenor were declared the winner of the Carmela Cup 2018 presented to them by the PRO and Rear Commodore Sailing Jennifer Woods. 

George Yeoman kindly thanked the umpire team led by Jack Fenwick in a team that included the Vice Commodore, George Ehlers, the ex Vice Commodore Bernard Kinchin and David Lees.  He also thanked the race boat team supporting the PRO: Linda Pennington, Peter Schroeder, Joanna Lees and Dougie Leacy and the rest of the team including the mark layer, Bill Wyatt and the crew change team of Mike Halstead for running so many races in one day.

CSO 17.1.2018
Place Teams
1 Itchenor ( E )
2 RTYC ( H )
3 Wessex Exempt ( A )