Icon wins Gazette Trophy

The largest fleet of the season came out on Saturday morning to compete for the prestigious Whitby Gazette Trophy.

Eleven boats gathered on the line achieving only moderate speeds in the light westerly wind.

The crew of Whitby Gazette Trophy winner Icon, from left: Paul Linley, Lorraine Williamson, Neil Williamson and Peter Marley, with Gazette reporter Emma Spencer who presented the trophy

The crew of Whitby Gazette Trophy winner Icon, from left: Paul Linley, Lorraine Williamson, Neil Williamson and Peter Marley, with Gazette reporter Emma Spencer who presented the trophy

A close fought start saw five boats, Antix, Icon, No Compromise, Samaki and BOB in a line, but BOB and Samaki held the windward end of the line and forged in to the lead, if only temporarily, before the faster boats picked up their momentum and arrived at the first turning mark with No Compromise leading, but Icon and Antix close on his tail.

They stayed close bunched for the reach out to the Bell Buoy and Samaki and BOB stayed in close company.

The leading three tacked inshore for the next leg to Sandsend and BOB followed them, but Samaki took a gamble on heading out to sea, hoping to get better ebbing tide and more wind.

No Compromise lost a little ground on the beat to Sandsend and Antix took the lead with the front three closely bunched. Samaki’s gamble paid off and gained a lot of ground from BOB who was also overtaken by Qantro.

Then followed an ever slowing run from Sandsend back to the bell buoy as the wind disappeared.

Antix made the most of what little wind there was and managed to drag herself across the finish line, followed by No Compromise and Icon.

BOB also used the little wind to full advantage being the fourth to cross the line, but Samaki struggled and was nearly caught by Qantro and Skywalker.

The handicap would show that Icon had managed the conditions best.

Result: 1 Icon, Neil and Lorraine Williamson, 2 Antix, John Allen, 3 BOB, William Uppington and Andy Martland.