Yorkshire Mist shrouds Enterprises
With a heavy Autumn mist covering the Vale of York and flat calm on the River Ouse, things didn’t look promising as entrants arrived for the annual Yorkshire Ouse Sailing Club’s Enterprise Open Meeting on 27th September. Nevertheless Race Officer Philip David set a short upriver course and by the time Race 1 was due, the mist was lifting and the faintest whispers of wind could be felt.
With the fleet of YOSC members and visitors on the water, Race 1 started on time. Steve Axford and his crew Owen Glew immediately established a lead and, detecting even the slightest zephyr and wind-shift, steadily pulled away from the rest. Initially Pete Rawson and Fran Hyett found the conditions trying, getting caught in the current and drifting downstream, away from the course. However grit and determination saw them recover and climb to fifth before slipping back to sixth at the finish.
Race 2 and improving visibility but with no more wind, saw a repeat performance from the start. Emphasising Steve Axford’s uncanny ability in very light airs, he again finished well ahead. Not so fortunate was Simon Jaram and his crew Nicki Kerslake. Getting caught in a dead flat, windless patch they drifted helplessly onto a moored cruiser and under YOSC’s rules, into forced retirement.
Steve Axford and Owen GlewRace 3, starting in warm sunshine, under blue skies and now a pleasant light breeze, it was Larry Gray and Tina Beresford who got away first into clear air, establishing a 20 boat length lead within the first few minutes. Sadly for them, the rest of the fleet picked up the next bit of breeze and closed on them, with Axford and Glew again taking up the lead, ending the race with a clean sweep of 3 out of 3 wins. This left Gray and Beresford with the consolation of 3 seconds, ahead of Keith Cooper and Peter Hill third overall.
2nd Larry Gray & Tina Beresford
3rd Keith Cooper & Peter Hill
4th Simon Jaram & Nicki Kerslake
5th Peter Lee & Steve Bingham
6th Peter Rawson & Fran Hyett