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41st Bloody Mary 'Experience wins the day'
- The Bloody Mary Pursuit Race, Round 5 of GJW Direct SailJuice Winter Series was held for the 41st time this weekend at Queen Mary Sailing Club attracting 332 entries in 66 classes from 110 clubs all around the country. With the latest bout of stormy weather having passed through a few days earlier, the race was run in glorious sunny conditions a light breeze that was forecast to die off during the day.
- The Toppers, with the largest fleet of 34 entries, was led off the start by Michael O’Driscoll from Crawley Mariners. As the event unfolded an RS feva sailed by Will Taylor and George Catchpole took the lead after about an hour. The Solo of Michael Sims was closing fast with another Solo sailed by Tom Gillard right behind. The lasers lead by Craig Williamson were also in contention. With 24 minutes to go the National 12 of Graham Camm and Zoe Ballentyne took the lead which they maintained to the end. It’s a fantastic result for this super National 12 pair who can now claim to have won the Bloody Mary twice!
- In the closing stages of the race Tom over took Michael in the Solos and two International 14’s stormed through into the top 10 as the wind stayed fresh throughout the race.
- 1. Graham Camm and Zoe Ballantyne, Burghfield, National 12
- 2. Jon Ibbotson and Charlotte Stewart – Ranelagh SC – National 12
- 3. Paul Bartlett and Greg Bartlett – Starcross YC – Icon
- 4. Ben McGrane and James Hughes – Netley SC – Int. 14
- 5. Archie Massey and Harvey Hillary – Itchenor SC – Int. 14
- 6. Thomas Gillard – Sheffield Viking – Solo
- 7. Craig Williamson – Staunton Harold – Laser
- 8. Rob Cape – Thames SC – Laser
- 9. Nick Copsey and Luke Lazell – Hunts SC – National 12
- 10. Michael Sims – Carsington SC - Solo
- First Lady helm and Laser Radial fleet prize went to Karyna Manuel, Grafham Water
- First Queen Mary Helm was James Baxter, Laser
- First junior was Will Taylor, Alton Watersports, Feva
- Winner of the Grand Master prize was Richard Marshall, Poole YC, Osprey
- First Foiling Boat went to Moth sailor Rob Greenhalgh, Stokes Bay
Class prizes were also awarded too
- 29er - Matt Venables & Curtis Mearus from Sulton
- Merlin Rocket – Nick Craig and Toby Lewis from Frensham Ponds
- Musto Skiff – Ben Schooling from Datchet
- RS200 – Paul Hammett and Crew from HISC
- RS400 – Richard Gray and Jon Dyas from Queen Mary
- Topper – Michael O’Driscoll from Crawley Mariners.
- Enterprise – Ann Jackson and Alan Skeens from Burghfield
- Finally in the Ultimate TracTrac Battle of ‘Topper v Moth’ there was a big prize giving cheer as the Topper won on the day. Follow the link below for Tracking replay. http://www.tractrac.com/index.php?page=clubpage&id=20
- Queen Mary would like to thank our sponsors Volvo Sailing, Digiquip, Sportography, Virtual Rigger, 91 Consulting and Spiral Studios whose assistance was greatly valued in running the event. The winners thanked the volunteers and staff of the Club who worked so hard to make the whole event from arrival through launching to racing such a success.