Race from Boulogne to Ramsgate for annual Link Cup

Sunday start line photo by Malcolm Kirkaldie.

Last weekend (18 -19 May) the annual Link Cup weekend was hosted jointly by the Royal Temple Yacht Club and Yacht Club Boulonnaise

This was the 18th year that the race from Boulogne to Ramsgate has taken part and over that time warm friendships and friendly rivalries have grown.

Day 1 Saturday 18 May

The race started from Boulogne on the Saturday with a close fetch to ZC2 off Cap Griz-Nez in a 10 knot northwesterly breeze that fell away to 5 knots during the day. Then a beat across the channel to the Varne Light Vessel, passing Deal Pier. On to the B2 buoy off Sandwich Bay to Pegwell Bay, passing the Kent Decking buoy and finishing at the Royal Temple Club line. Due to the light airs the race took over 9 hours to complete the 36 mile course.

French boat Mefie Te , Beneteau Figaro, skippered by Adzier Popieul led the fleet of 12 boats all the way to the finish to take line honours closely followed by Stiletto, X362 Sport of Paul Woodward and John Barrett RTYC and Carpe Diem Felling 850, Gravelines YC , Jean Marc Devos.

Yacht Stiletto overall winners of the Link Cup L-R Owner Paul Woodward, crew Jake and Mick, Commodore of RTYC Karen Cox, Christian Ratel of Yacht Club Boulonnaise, RCS of RTYC Andrew Ketteringham. Photo by Chris Cox

Results overall

1st Stiletto, X362 Sport of Paul Woodward and John Barrett RTYC

2nd Mefie Te , Beneteau Figaro, skippered by Adzier Popieul, Yacht Club Boulogne

3rd Carpe Diem Felling 850, Gravelines YC , Jean Marc Devos.

A prize giving was held on the Saturday evening when a special mention was made of the youngest crew on Mefie Te, young Leopold who was only 6  but already a seasoned sailor with a couple of cross channel legs under his belt.

Commodore of RTYC Karen Cox, RCS of RTYC Andrew Ketteringham with young sailor Leopold. Photo by Chris Cox

Day 2 Sunday 19 May

This was an inshore race organised by Royal Temple Yacht Club in champagne sailing conditions with a northerly wind of 10-12 knots and sunny. In total there were seventeen yachts competing for IRC and Cruiser class.

It was a windward leeward course of two laps using Ramsgate Channel Mark 2 as the windward mark and Brake as the Leeward mark

Peter Jackson’s Assassin, a Pronavia 42 Sport with the highest handicap lead the fleet and finished under 2 hours followed by Grant Forward and Matt Green Sidewinder Fareast 31 followed by Stiletto and then Buccaneer II, a Hod 35 helmed by Peter Pearson.

Closely matched Stiletto and Buccaneer II passed every mark neck and neck however Stiletto managed to win overall by just 1 minute for the day and finished first overall for the weekend.

Result IRC

1st Stiletto, X362 Sport of Paul Woodward and John Barrett RTYC

2nd Buccaneer 2 , Hod 35 of Peter Pearson and Co RTYC

3rd Assassin , Pronavia 42, of Peter Jackson RTYC

Cruiser Class 

1st Carpe Diem , Felling 850, Gravelines YC , Jean Marc Devos

2nd  Bad Boys a Corby 26 owned by Anthony Dale, RTYC

3rd Pippy, a Sun Odyssey 37, John and Michelle Stoneley, RTYC

 

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