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Dixon Trophy - Wayfarer Team Race

It was our annual opportunity to win back the Dixon Trophy from AYC and this year they were hosting. Initially, I thought I wouldn’t be able to muster a team or boats as a number of our regular racers were away. Thank goodness for “team Shallow” who, as luck would have it, are a family of experienced team racers. Our team consisted of Will Cleverley & Daisy Hyland, Roger Stevens & Eleanor Shallow, Mike Shallow & Charlie Shallow.

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It was our annual opportunity to win back the Dixon Trophy from AYC and this year they were hosting. Initially, I thought I wouldn’t be able to muster a team or boats as a number of our regular racers were away. Thank goodness for “team Shallow” who, as luck would have it, are a family of experienced team racers. Our team consisted of Will Cleverley & Daisy Hyland, Roger Stevens & Eleanor Shallow, Mike Shallow & Charlie Shallow.

 

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Judith Shallow, my nephew Ben Sarginson and I were backup crew in the safety boat. Things were shaping up nicely until the day before the race when Judith & Eleanor bent the mast on their Wayfarer trying to win the Mazawattee Cup. Thank goodness for Chris Gill (just back from cruising Scotland) who lent us Guillemot and also to our Commodore for lending Nimrod to Will and Daisy.

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The forecast on the day was for a force 3 which turned out to be a force 5 so the sail up to Aldeburgh was lively to say the least and sailing on to their pontoon an adventure all of its own. It was a committee boat start with a windward and a leeward mark and 3 races of about 15 mins each. The wind was blowing hard for the first race as the clouds darkened and Aldeburgh got a great start with a boat far in front leaving the action to be fought down the ranks which they managed to dominate too.

 

The 2nd race saw Aldeburgh with 3 boats at the front of the fleet in the 3rd race we got a 3rd place. There was much luffing and mischief making close to the marks but ultimately we were outgunned by a strong home side on familiar water and the Dixon Trophy remains with Aldeburgh for another year which is just as well, because later, over a fine lunch in their clubhouse, they revealed that the trophy had been mislaid.

 

It was an exciting and fun day out and our hosts were extremely hospitable. Let’s hope they find the trophy in time for us to win it back in Orford next season.

 

Yours,

 

Troy

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