Crikey takes honours in last Haven race

Crikey 5!

Yachts from Walton and Frinton Yacht Club made their way to Harwich harbour for the start of the final weekend’s racing in the final year of the Haven Series Racing in its current format.

There were two separate classes Racing in this years series.

In the Haven Handicap Series Dabtoe (Nick Moulton)was hoping for a good last race to improve her overall position. First Light Of Clyde ( Martin Coomber) had missed a couple of races so was going to struggle to make an impression on the podium places.

Dabtoe managed to get line honours but with the rating calculations done she finished fifth in the race and fifth overall.

First Light Of Clyde managed a seventh in the race and seventh overall in the series.

In the IRC Class Blue Beeste had already secured her sixth consecutive title with a perfect score of seven firsts.

Owners Charlie Penfold and Martin Jenkins had made the decision this series was to be their last after nearly forty years of racing together. But ventured out for this last weekend in the boat.

Crikey, an identical X332 to Blue Beeste has been improving her performances in the eighteen races that she had previously had against her sister ship.

Geoff Parker and his crew should be rightly pleased that on their nineteenth attempt they managed to lead Blue Beeste Home.

The result, Parker and his teams first victory in a Haven Series Race, was good enough to give Crikey runner up position in the series.

It’s not clear what Racing there will be on this coast for IRC yachts but Geoff Parker and his team will be keen to see if they can build on this long awaited win.