A testing time in battle for honours

PUBLISHED: 11:22 15 June 2006 | UPDATED: 11:47 04 May 2010

ELY Sailing Club was invited by the Cam Sailing Club to host the sailing for the antique Granta and Cam Cups. These magnificent trophies are open to club members sailing on the River Great Ouse and its tributaries. Twenty-three helms competed in these e

ELY Sailing Club was invited by the Cam Sailing Club to host the sailing for the antique Granta and Cam Cups.

These magnificent trophies are open to club members sailing on the River Great Ouse and its tributaries.

Twenty-three helms competed in these events but there were only 21 boats in each race. Race officer Alayne Seymour set some testing courses in the light southerly breeze and with two beats in each race there was plenty of place changing.

The morning race for the Granta Cup was sailed for an hour-and-a-half and seven laps of the course were completed. In the hour-long Cam Cup, only four laps were completed.

The Handicap fleets consisted of five Enterprises, five Lasers, six Solos, two Laser Radials, two Comets, one Splash, one Topper and one National Twelve.

In the morning race for the Granta Cup, Gerald Copsey, sailing with his younger son Nicholas in the only National Twelve in the fleet, took two laps to head Bob Utteridge and Marie Brown in an Enterprise. With a clear wind, Gerald sailed away from the fleet and finished over two minutes, on corrected time, ahead of Jonathan Cole, of the Cam Club, in a Laser.

In the Afternoon race for the Cam Cup, David Parker from the Cam Club, in his Laser, led for a lap but on the second lap Gerald and Nicholas Copsey took the lead and eventually the line honours. However, on corrected time they lost, making it a double victory by 28 seconds from Simon Leeks, of the Ely Club, in a Solo, who crossed the line fourth. Gary Ungless also sailing a Solo took home a third and fourth place prize.

Results: Granta Cup. 1 Gerald and Nicholas Copsey. National Twelve. Ely S.C. 2. Jonathan Cole, Laser, Cam S.C. 3. Gary Ungless, Solo, Ely S.C. 4. Pat Overs, Solo, Paxton Lakes S.C. Cam Cup. 1. Simon Leeks Solo, Ely S.C. 2. Gerald and Nicholas Copsey. 3. David Parker, Laser, Cam S.C. 4. Gary Ungless.

# There was a gusting force four south easterly wind on Saturday afternoon when some ladies of Ely Sailing Club took to the water for Ladies' Day.

Some boats were reefed and some exciting planning conditions were achieved. However, some helms managed a capsize but did not admit if this was a means of cooling down or if they were overcome by the wind strength.

Afternoon tea was organised by Vice Commodore Alan White and served by the men of the club.

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