It was a breezy weekend for the Lymington River Scow National Championships which were run by
the Royal Lymington Yacht Club. Racing had to be abandoned on Saturday 20 th July due to strong
winds and choppy seas in the Solent.
However, the next day provided splendid, challenging conditions for racing. Three races were
completed, each consisting of two laps round a laid course. In spite of the increasing wind, there
was only one capsize and that was before the final start. That boat, having also suffered a damaged
rudder caused by a collision, went on to win the Double Handed Trophy. Perseverance paid off.
Mike Unwin in ‘Nutshell’ was the Single Handed and Overall winner. Sarah Richards and Pippa
Wakefield in Pooh Sticks took the Double Handed Award. There were also trophies for Single and
Double Handed Masters, namely those over 70 years of age, and for the Best Newcomer, being won
by Jay Devonshire Jeremy and Max Vines and Nick Griffin respectively.
The competitors returned to the clubhouse for a delicious tea and prizegiving, graciously presented
by Jenny Garlick, the Commodore’s wife. Special thanks to John Claridge who donated
championship polo shirts. The sale of these raised £321 for Oakhaven Hospice.