BOB wins Whitby Gazette Cup

Whitby Gazette editor Jon Stokoe (right) presents Whitby Gazette Cup to Andrew Martland from the yacht BOB
Whitby Gazette editor Jon Stokoe (right) presents Whitby Gazette Cup to Andrew Martland from the yacht BOB

A LIGHT north-easterly wind greeted the 11 competitors as they left harbour to compete for the Whitby Gazette Cup on Saturday.

All the boats made a good start and No Compromise took the lead as they headed out to the Bell Buoy.

This was the sailing mark where the boats turned to cross the bay towards Sandsend.

As No Compromise headed west to Sandsend, she was followed by Bite the Bullet and then Icon.

The rest of the fleet, led by BOB, made slow progress against the flooding tide.

The race was scheduled to cover a course of three laps in a maximum time of three hours.

However, owing to the very light winds and the state of the tide, progress was slow and the race officer shortened the race to one lap only.

No Compromise was the first to cross the finish line, followed by Bite the Bullet, Icon, BOB and Masquerade.

However BOB took the honours and won the race on handicap.

The other seven boats retired at various stages throughout the race. The handsome Whitby Gazette trophy was presented by the Jon Stokoe in Whitby Yacht Club in the evening.

Whitby Gazette reporters Emma Spencer and Karl Hansell experienced the race at first-hand when they sailed on Bullet 2 and Cold Steel while

photographer Ceri Oakes took close-up pictures of the boats from Labhdal, a power boat owned by Paul and Janet Linley.

Results: 1 BOB, Bill Uppington, Andy Martland and Val Cook; 2 No Compromise, Derek and Margarette Frank; 3 Bite the Bullet, Alan and Barbara Smith.