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Moths dominate Bloody Mary

Jason Belben leads Mike Lennon home

Tuesday January 10th 2012, Author: Andy Rice, Location: United Kingdom

The Bloody Mary Pursuit Race was run for the 39th time this weekend at Queen Mary Sailing Club started by double Olympic Gold Medallist and club member Sarah Ayton. This was also the second leg of the SailJuice Global Warm-Up series. The race again took place in decent conditions with a good breeze and double digit temperatures following six days of gale force winds which meant the day before we were still putting the club back together again. This attracted 302 entries in 63 classes from 104 clubs from as far afield as Rock.

31 Toppers went off the first start in a force 4-5 breeze and led the race for two hours. Amongst the Toppers, the lead changed between Felix Crowther and Matthew Stephens with Matthew Stephens eventually pulling clear. Lasers, Solos and Fevas were in hot pursuit mid race but it was a Fireball helmed by Sam Mettam and Richard Anderton that eventually overtook them followed by a National 12 and a Merlin Rocket. Their lead did not last long since with 20 minutes to go the first foiling Moth shot past them all followed by three others and the International 14 of Sam Pascoe and Alex Knight was closing on the Fireball. With the finish boat ribs at full throttle, the Moths extended their lead till the end of the race to take the top four places.

Overall winner and also winner of the Hyde Sails Foilers Trophy was Jason Belben from Stokes Bay in an International Moth. Mike Lennon, Ricky Tagg and Peter Barton followed him home also in their Moths.

Winner of the Ladies Helm was Vikki Payne from Emsworth SC in a 29er. The first Queen Mary Helm was Valentin Nadyelkov in a Laser and first junior was Sam Barker in a Laser Radial from Castle Cove. Winner of the Grand Master prize was Jeremy Vines from Lymington in a National 18. Winner of the first Sailability helm was Margaret Foreman from QMSC in a 2.4m. There were 18 class prizes (for those fleets of six or more)

Prize winners walked away with a bag of goodies including vodka and tomato juice, London Sailsports vouchers for the youngsters and free subscriptions to

Top 50 results:


Pos Class Club Helm Crew
1 International Moth Stokes Bay SC Jason Belben  
2 International Moth HISC Michael Lennon  
3 International Moth HISC Ricky Tagg  
4 International Moth Royal Lymington YC Peter Barton  
5 Fireball RNSA Sam Mettam Richard Anderton
6 International 14 Castle Cove SC Sam Pascoe Alex Knight
7 International 14 HISC Dave Bosnia Neale Jones
8 Merlin Rocket Frensham Pond Nick Craig James Stewart
9 Fireball Weir Wood SC Paul Callen Adam Whitehouse
10 National 12 Northampton SC Tom Stewart Charlotte Stewart
11 Merlin Rocket Blithfield SC Matt Biggs Ben Hollis
12 Fireball Nottingham SC Tim Rush Richard Nurse
13 RS 200 Grafham Water SC Ben Saxton Tba Tba
14 Merlin Rocket Cookham Reach SC Simon Blake Phil Dalby
15 National 12 Burghfield SC Graham Camm Zoe Ballantyne
16 International Moth BCYC Mike Cooke  
17 RS 200 Hollingworth Lake SC Matt Mee Emma Norris
18 Merlin Rocket HISC Tim Fells Chris Downham
19 Laser Radial Castle Cove SC Sam Barker  
20 Laser QMSC Valentin Nedyalkov  
21 RS 300 BCYC Steve Bolland  
22 International Moth Rock SC Tom Offer  
23 International 14 Tamesis SC / RTYC James Fox Jon Blackburn
24 Merlin Rocket Shoreham SC Alex Jackson Frances Gifford
25 420 QMSC William Kennedy Alex Curtis
26 29er Emsworth SC Vikki Payne Stephanie Orton
27 Scorpion Chipstead B Wolfenden Racheal
28 RS 800 Royal Lymington YC Rob Watson John Clifton
29 RS 800 Stokes Bay SC Dan Kilsby Bart Bridgen
30 National 12 Ranelagh SC Jon Ibbotson Sarah Bines
31 International Moth QMSC Doug Pybus  
32 420 Itchenor SC Hugo Sloper James Dodd
33 Lark RCYC Steve Hall Simon Haighton
34 RS 800 Chew Valley Lake SC Ralph Singleton Ollie Singleton
35 Topper Burghfield SC Matthew Stephens  
36 Osprey Restronguet SC Mike Pickering Mike Priddle
37 Albacore RYA Neville Herbert Steve Penfold
38 Laser Radial Restronguet & Sutton Bingham Robert Dyer  
39 Topper HISC Felix Crowther  
40 Laser Hill Head SC Ian Morgan  
41 Laser Radial Salcombe YC Michael Calvert  
42 RS 600 Northampton SC Peter Nelson  
43 Scorpion SHSC Peter Gray Richard Pepperdine
44 505 Shoreham SC Peter Bennett Tylo Hamsworth
45 Laser Emsworth Slipper SC Jim Fifield  
46 RS 800 Emberton Roger Phillips Will Crocker
47 Merlin Rocket Blithfield SC Simon Potts Holly Scott
48 International Moth HISC Geoff Garneth  
49 420 SHSC Matt Foskett Chris Taylor
50 Topper Papercourt SC Clive Jackson  

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