Paul Turner and Andrea Murphy in a China Doll win the vintage National 12 meeting at Derwent
The annual open meeting for vintage National 12s at Derwent Reservoir SC was held on 3 September in ideal, Force 3, planing breezes from the south-east.
The meeting was a handicap event using the club’s own, well-developed handicap system. In the first, scratch race, Peter Roe and Helen Bird, in Rum Runner, made a fine start but were gradually overhauled by Howard and Sarah Chadwick in Triarda and Paul Turner and Andrea Murphy in Dolly Daydream. Triarda finally squeezed past Dolly Daydream to take the gun.
The finishing times in Race 1 were used to set up the starting times for the two pursuit races which followed. In the second race, last boat in the previous race, Mock Turtle, sailed by Ian and Margaret Purkis, set off first and was never caught up by the pack behind, which finished within 30 seconds of each other. The final race was even closer with Mock Turtle again finishing first, by a narrow margin, and Dolly Daydream pipping Rum Runner by less than a metre. With all races to count, this gave Dolly Daydream three second places, a one point advantage over Mock Turtle.
1. Dolly Daydream, N.2487 (China Doll) Paul Turner and Andrea Murphy, 6 points
2. Mock Turtle, N.1620 (Proctor Mk.6) Ian and Margaret Purkis, 7 points
Triarda, N.2266 (Starfish) Howard and Sarah Chadwick, 9 points