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The weather on Sunday 15th October couldn't have been better for the final RBOD race of 2017. A lively sw'ly breeze, bright sunshine with the temperature higher than many summer days. Apparently all caused by the approaching hurricane Ophelia.

The fight for the Albert Inkstand trophy was between AMANDA, WHITE ROSE and RED JACKET - each with a chance of a series win. A fascinating race developed as AMANDA had to get at least one boat between her and WHITE ROSE to win and WHITE ROSE had to beat AMANDA for the series victory. RED JACKET needed her main rivals to have a very poor race if she were to be successful but mathematically it was possible. PHALAROPE and MANDARIN would require the application of 'alternative facts' to be in with a chance but who cared - it was a perfect day to be on the water and the legendary lunch was getting closer.

The RBYC race box team, temporarily on loan to the RCYC, kindly set a special course of Cliff Canewdon x 2 which provided an excellent basis for the game of cat & mouse.

AMANDA managed to hook WHITE ROSE and get a nose ahead at the start on the south shore with the rest of the fleet favouring the north shore. In a short-lived moment of glory MANDARIN led the fleet until PHALAROPE & RED JACKET powered through. Crossing at the marina, AMANDA & WHITE ROSE merged with the fleet falling in behind PHALAROPE, setting the scene for WHITE ROSE to try to break free from the vice-like cover and for AMANDA to herd other boats between her and her closest rival.

Towards the end of the second beat to Canewdon it looked safe for AMANDA who was by now in the lead with WHITE ROSE struggling down the order, however a masterstroke of a tack to the south shore on the approach to Canewdon catapulted WR back into second place which she held to take the series. Well done to AMANDA and RED JACKET for making such an exciting finish to the season.

It was wonderful to see so many of the regular supporters joining in for lunch - the RBOD Class greatly appreciates this loyal following who help make this such a sociable Class. After an excellent carvery lunch, the now traditional bended-knee presentation took place and the inkstand was soon duly awash with the drink of choice - the sophisticated WHITE ROSES selecting bubbles rather than those dangerous shots.

We now bed the old ladies down for the winter and look forward to 2018 which will herald another new era in the Class that never rests on its laurels. We look forward to seeing BLUE JACKET back in the fleet under new ownership as well as one or two other returnees.

Onwards and Upwards.

Next up - the RBOD AGM on 11 November


Arthur Brown wins the Hayling Qualifier!
Even picking up a Black Flag on the final race couldn’t stop Royal Burnham YC’s Youth sailor Arthur Brown winning the Hayling Qualifier overall. He found the light winds and relatively strong tides very much to his liking.

Arthur won UK Laser Association Noble Marine Laser Radial Qualifier at Hayling Island Sailing Club over the weekend of 14th and 15th October. The qualifiers are not youth-only events, and seventeen year old Arthur beat some of Britain’s finest dinghy sailors including the Apprentice Masters World Champion and coach of the Chinese gold medal winner! Due to his sterling performances over this year Arthur has also qualified to join the RYA Laser Radial Youth Squad again, and is one of only five boys selected from the whole of the UK.

None of this is a surprise. It is said that ‘time on the water’ is the way to yacht racing success. It is rare not to see Arthur hurtling past the Club in a variety of craft throughout the year.