Ghost sneaks past rival to snatch series victory

Ghost won the Tray series for the squib class. Picture by Amy Long.
Ghost won the Tray series for the squib class. Picture by Amy Long.

On what was probably the best sailing day of the season so far, the Royal Yorkshire Yacht Club had a good turnout for Saturday’s races.

In a fresh breeze, the big boats in the Cruiser Class soon pulled away from the rest of the fleet. Aquaholic, owned by Mike and Sue Abbey, was the first boat to finish, and won the class with Starchick (Bob Wallace and Mike Kaye) second.

In the Contessa 26 class Tessador (Keith Richardson) and Contessa Juliet (Jeff Preece) had a thrilling race, swapping the lead on a number of occasions before Contessa Juliet fell away on the last beat, and had to defend furiously to save second place ahead of the fast finishing True Blue (Steve Wood and Keith Poole).

Racing in the National Squib class was even closer, with Ghost (Gerard Dyson) and Perkers (Neil Orum) fighting hard for the lead and colliding twice, fortunately without damage.

Perkers, however, was obliged to take penalty turns and never made up the lost time, finishing second behind Ghost.

This also happened to be the last and deciding race in the seven-race Tray series for the Squib class.

Ghost and Perkers had started the race equal on points, well ahead of the rest of fleet, and the race win gave Ghost first place in the series.

As well as class racing, there were overall handicap prizes, with Ghost winning, Perkers finishing second despite taking penalties and Aquaholic third.