Percy Mitchell lands win in Beer Luggers race

PUBLISHED: 11:35 05 August 2011

A lugger in action on the high sea

A lugger in action on the high sea

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There was a very light south westerly wind blowing and a strong tide running up channel for last Monday’s race, writes John Mortimer..

There was a very light south westerly wind blowing and a strong tide running up channel for last Monday’s race, writes John Mortimer.

This made lugger sailing very difficult for the skippers and crews.

Eight luggers launched from the beach. The first boat away from the starting line was the Percy Mitchell, sailing westward to the windward mark.

The boats soon became spread across the bay, some sailing seaward and some sailing shoreward, all looking for the best draught of wind.

Once again, the Percy Mitchell was the first lugger to the mark, followed later by Twilight and Sea Witch. Coming up later to the mark was the Katherine, but, unfortunately, they hit the mark and had to do penalty turns.

Meanwhile, the Percy Mitchell was progressing onwards and increasing the lead all the time.

During the second round of the race, the Twilight hit a mark, so they also had to do penalty turns. This let Sea Witch through to take second place. The strong tide was causing the problems.

After an hour’s sailing, the Percy Mitchell came up to the finishing line and crossed it, a long way in front of everybody else, to take pole position.

Results of the Race: 1. Percy Mitchell sailed by A Green; 2. Sea Witch sailed by P Vine; 3. Twilight sailed by P Bagwell; 4. Mary sailed by D Boalch.

The luggers Scrumpy, Puffin, Katherine and Little Wind had to retire as they were out of time.


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