Aldeburgh Open meeting for the Ganymede Trophy

The usual warm welcome, sunshine and sea breeze greeted the Twelves for the Aldeburgh Open meeting for the Ganymede Trophy.

Over the five races there were four different race winners, and with two discards (to enable the Sunday only competitors to qualify) it was always going to be close. Jonathan Brown and Lucy Horsley in Tonto set off well and won the first race from Frances Gifford and Sophie Mackley who reeled them in on the beat back, and nearly stole the win. In the second race it was Jon Ibbotson and Helen Hunt (in Purple Turtle) that did enough to escape the pack and win from Tonto.

Sunday dawned less sunny (soon rectified) but with a breeze from the South that built throughout the day. Frances and Sophie won the morning race, leaving a close race for the minor places between Brown/Horsley, Antony Gifford and Henry Johnson, Ibbotson/Hunt and the Pellings? eventually decided on the line in that order.

In a bit more wind in the afternoon the fourth race went to Gifford/Johnson who displayed a bit of local knowledge to get past Brown/Horsley? leaving it open between the two Gifford boats and Brown to be decided in the last race. In the end it was Jonathan and Lucy that took the last race, and their second win, to seal victory. Gifford and Johnson were pipped for third overall on the countback by Ibbotson & Hunt.

1st, 3483 Jonathan Brown & Lucy Horsley

2nd, 3431 Frances Gifford & Sophie Mackley

3rd, 3445 Jon Ibbotson & Helen Hunt