Huge congratulations to Greg Peck, Steve George, Mike Relling, Kevin George, Mike Grieg, Andy Yeomans and James Dodd of the 1977 Bruce Farr designed Swuzzlebubble who are the 2016 Henri Lloyd Half Ton Classics Cup Champions.
Swuzzlebubble was completely rebuilt by Peter Morton in 2014 and won the Half Ton Cup of that year in St Quay Portrieux, Brittany. She was purchased earlier this year by Greg Peck who has made further modifications to her deck layout and put together a crew of old friends, many of whom have been sailing with him since his infamous Camp Freddie days.
This week they have sailed a superbly consistent series and are worthy winners of the trophy. Whilst disappointed not to race today, Greg acknowledge at the skippers briefing that conditions were simply too rough to be safe. With the racing cancelled his fellow Half Ton sailors gave he and his crew a heart felt round of applause on their victory.
Full report and interviews to follow.
Sad but relived faces all round here this morning as the decision has been made that racing is not possible on the final day, Ancasta Friday, of the Henri Lloyd Half Ton Classics Cup in Falmouth. The skippers of all the boats met at the regatta centre to discuss the situation. It’s already very windy and the forecast is for regular gusts over 30 knots and up towards 40 knots. The race officer had inspected the sea state in the race area and confirmed that it was extreme and there were also reports from members of the fleet who had been out to take a look who confirmed that it was extremely rough. The fleet unanimously agreed that regrettably racing was not possible and so N over A was hoisted on the official flag pole and the racing for the regatta is declared over.
The regatta dinner is in full swing in the marquee with the competitors enjoying a delicious Paella super. Next it’s over to the National Maritime Museum Cornwall for the daily prizes and a vet special presentation.
Here’s a little video taster of today’s racing
Here’s a great bit of video courtesy of the team on the pin end boat during today’s three attempts to get Race 7 underway. Fascinating to see what it looks like from the spotter’s perspective.
Here’s a selection of images from Savills and Mylor Rigging and Chandlery Thursday at the Henri Lloyd Half Ton Classics Cup
The results for races 7 and 8 are now online and race 9 and overall results will follow as soon as possible.
The much lighter winds have produced some interesting results. Race 7 was won by The Big Picture with Swuzzlebubble second, Miss Whiplash third, Sibelius fourth and Harmony fifth. Swuzzlebubble took victory in Race 8 with Checkmate second, Miss Whiplash third, Concorde fourth and Harmony fifth.
The Race Committee advises us that they are now seeing 10 mph from the south west in the race area so its looking good for racing to get underway as soon as the boats get out there.
The Race Committee has announced the end of the postponement ashore and the AP is just being lowered on the shore flag pole so the boats are asked to leave the dock and head to the race area as rapidly as possible.
The Committee Boat is located approximately 1.5 miles south of Point Pendennis.