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Fleet Commander's Cup Report Wed 12 Sep 18

Portsmouth - 24 Sep 18 Dinghies

Last ever RNSA Bosun fleet race In Portsmouth

Twenty eight RNSA(P) sailors took to the water recently to compete for the Fleet Commander’s Cup. This was the last ever Bosun dinghy fleet race before the boats retire next year and are replaced with RNSA owned Hartley 15s. There were entrants from across the Eastern region including Navy Command, Forward Support Unit, RN Police, RM Band Service, Veterans, HMS Collingwood and HMS Sultan. Despite initially very light winds, a decent NNE breeze filled in during the afternoon allowing Ken and Lee Bichard to run some excellent racing around a triangular course. Places changed constantly up and down the fleet with sailors having to balance the strong ebb tidal stream against the occasionally patchy wind. The opportunity to use spinnakers added a further dimension to the race. Following the hour-long race, the fleet made their way ashore having given the mighty Bosun dinghy a fitting send off after 55 years loyal service. Full results are available below:

1st Cdr Andy Wood Lt Matt Irwin NCQH/MWS
2nd Lt Chris Jones Lt Cdr Leigh Hayes NCHQ
3rd Lt Cdr Rob Kent SLt Will Jones NCHQ/HMS CATTISTOCK
4th Claire Smith Will Rider RNWC
5th Cdr Gavin Marshall Lt Rob Guest NCHQ
6th Lt Alex Thompson CPO Dave Sargent FSU
7th Lt Cdr James Baker LAET Si McGee MWS/HMS SULTAN
8th Cdre Ian Annett Lt Cdr Nic Jones NCHQ
9th Lt Cdr Ian Watson Maj Matt Cox NCHQ
10th Mike Ellison David Pace Veteran
11th Lt Oli Mulcahy Lt Cdr Oli James MCSU
12th Pat Smythe Paul Meacham Veterans
13th Lt Cdr Dean Oakey Flt Lt Darren Day RN Police
14th Maj Huw Williams Capt Tom Crane RM Band Service

Huge thanks go to all the RNWC staff who made the event possible and Bill and the other volunteers for providing rescue cover and mark laying assistance on the day. Further photos taken by the Fleet Photographic Unit are available on Facebook via the RN Dinghy Sailors page.

That’s it for RNSA(P) Dinghy Races this year but there’s always the RNWC Frostbite series throughout the winter and look out on the RNSA website for details of next season’s races. Look forward to seeing you all afloat!


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