Sunday 18th July for the Aldeburgh vs Orford Wayfarer team racing match, first raced in 1962. Aldeburgh had won at home in 2019, and this year away at Orford we needed the help of Noah to tow us all to Orford as the day began with no wind and plenty of sunshine. Thank you Noah and AYC for the tow. Gradually a puff or two of breeze appeared and we were able to head uptide and upwind for the start. Twenty-one is the key number in team racing - add 1,2,3,4,5,6 - and so 1,3,6 wins as does 2,3,5, but not 1,4,6! It was to be either best of 3 or 5 races depending on wind conditions which remained light throughout.
The Aldeburgh team was: Mark and Tracey Loeffler in Fiasco, Peter and Janette Redshaw in Cair Vie, Charles and Nicky Manby in Gabbiano.
Race 1 had its start rather disturbed by a yacht motoring through the start line at precisely 30 seconds to go, forcing Gabbiano to duck and start way behind. Kite Runner of Orford sailed a good race to win, but forgot that he left his team mates in positions 5 and 6, leaving the Aldeburgh team to finish Cair Vie, Gabbiano and Fiasco. 9 points and 1-0 to Aldeburgh.
Race 2, Kite Runner did a good job on forcing Gabbiano way above the windward mark to let Mudlark of Orford through, but Gabbiano managed to sneak back into 4th ahead of Mudlark and Kite Runner. Fiasco won and Cair View was 3rd so that was 8 points and 2-0 to Aldeburgh.
At this point with such light conditions Orford declared one more race so the trophy was ours. Did our attention slip? Or did they just sail better in seeking to maintain Orford’s honour? Anyway the scoreboard says that Cair Vie maintained form coming 2nd, Fiasco 4th, and Gabbiano had a nightmare coming last. So 12 points to Aldeburgh and 2-1 overall.
Orford provided the most delicious lunch and we sailed back to Aldeburgh in enough breeze, bringing back the Dickson Trophy which Orford had found finally, so we can now drop the accusations of “who has the Dickson?”. And we now know it is spelt Dickson, not Dixon!!
On return to the dinghy park, Mark and Tracey then decided to open the bung on Fiasco, out came water for about 5 minutes, so we will watch out for Fiasco at speed in the regatta.