The racing yachts of Walton and Frinton yacht Club returned to action over the weekend.
On Saturday there were two Race series being sailed.
The Haven Handicap which caters for the less serious racers had Dabtoe owned by Nick Moulton and First Light Of Clyde owned by Martin Coomber amongst the starters.
Dabtoe did well to finish third and First Light Of Clyde came in seventh.
With one race to go in the series Dabtoe is laying fourth overall.
The main event of the weekend was the Haven Series for the IRC yachts which this weekend was also for the coveted Team Racing Trophy, the Cutler Series Wilkinson Sword.
Blue Beeste has had a good year, going into the weekend she had five firsts and a second place, she needed only one more good result to win the series overall for the sixth consecutive time.
Crikey, an identical X332 owned by Geoff Parker and friends was determined to spoil the party. With the SJ320 owned by the Brooke syndicate making up the third boat in the Walton club’s Cutler team.
Haven Ports Yacht Club are Walton’s major rivals and they had their best sailors out on the club boats for the weekend.
On Saturday Bkue Beeste was able to make a perfect start and get clear away from the fleet. Crikey had a close duel with Islay a Dehler 34 being sailed by Ian Kirkpatrick for Haven Ports.
Despite challenging on the final beat, Crikey had to settle for following Blue Beeste home, with ratings being applied and two Haven Ports boats finishing either side of Crikey the team points for day 1 were only one apart.
On Sunday the start line was a crowded place, despite starting well Blue Beeste was sailed over, firstly by Islay then subsequently by Crikey.
These three yachts swapped places several times during the race but with two legs to go Blue Beeste was able to round the penultimate mark with a couple of minutes lead which she held to the finish.
This means that Blue Beeste has won the series with a weekend still to race with a perfect score of seven firsts with seven races to count.
Crikey is currently on equal points with Alchemy an Impala 28 from Haven Ports in runner up position. Walton and Frinton Yacht Club are proud to retain the Cutler Trophy for another year.