Saturday, 16 August 2008

Mimosa wins The Round The Island Race

The fine craft Mimosa romped to victory in The Round The Island Race. Helmed by Andy Gordon and crewed by Lois, Emma and YC, Mimosa completed the course in 4 hours and 2 minutes to win by over 15 minutes on corrected time. Matilida was second and Henrietta third.

Readers might be familiar with the Round The Island Race which circumnavigates the Isle of Wight. But the Norfolk version of the race is far more prestigious (naturally). It has been won by household names such as Shruff and Sparklet, and Mimosa's name can now be added to that list.

The race circumnavigates "the island" formed by The Rivers Yare, Waveney and the New Cut, and involves shooting [going under with lowered mast] 2 bridges without the aid of a motor. The tides were not favourable, but a freshening south-east breeze meant most yachts completed the course. Shruff made it round; but Brian Thompson's cunning plan of sailing the Waveney first proved to be one of which Baldrick would have been proud, as The Cut was a long and slow tack against the tide.

Here's a photo of the victorious crew on Mimosa with the trophy.

And here's a photo of Mimosa under sail.