Olav takes honours in Bembridge Sailing Club’s Zaten Trophy

Bembridge Sailing Club members took advantage of the decent Saturday weather on the water, with nine Redwings and three One-Designs heading out to compete for for the Zanen Trophy.

Newlyweds Chloe and James Bunbury in Blue Jay II led the way with Joe Robertson in Red Gauntlet II and Colin Samuelson in Toucan close by.

But as the race progressed, Olav Cole in Redwing, with James Wilson crewing, moved into the lead ahead of Red Gauntlet II and John Raymond in Harlequin, and finished a couple of minutes ahead of Jonathan Nainby-Luxmoore in Snowgoose and Colin in Toucan.

The three One-Designs had an excellent race between themselves. Jos Coad in No 8 was ahead for most of the race, but Mark Grzegorczyk, sailing single handed in No 9, overtook him and extended his lead on the way to the finish. On corrected time, Olav won by 20 seconds, with Mark second and Jos third.

After the keelboats had started, the Committee Boat set up a windward leeward course for half a dozen Scows. It did not take long for the two Morgan boats, helmed by Oliver and Francesca, to establish an unbeatable lead, and Oliver crossed the finish line a couple of boat lengths ahead.

There was little or no wind an hour before the scheduled start of on Sunday morning, and then the drizzle started, forcing racing to be cancelled.