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Sailing: Davis and Kilsby win Felucca Trophy at Hollingworth Lake Sailing Club

Date published: 11 October 2018


Sailmaker, Andy Davis with crew Pippa Kilsby were the clear winners of the Felucca Trophy for Merlin Rockets at the Lake. After a race win on Saturday, when they looked to be in a strong position, they proceeded to win all three races on Sunday.

Twelve visiting boats came from the Midlands, Sussex, Berkshire, Dorset and London to join the nine local boats competing for the Trophy. They were greeted by unseasonably mild weather with a gusty northerly wind giving great racing conditions. The first race was led from the start by local sailors Steve Crook and Sally Townend until overtaken on the third lap by Davis and Kilsby.

The second race was led to the finish by Chris Gould and Chris Kilsby with Matt Biggs and Beka Jones runners up. With the wind easing for the third race, Matt Biggs and Beka Jones snatched victory on the last lap, with Davis in second place, setting up for a closely fought event.

Sunday morning dawned with frost and no wind, so racing was postponed for an hour.

When the wind arrived, it was from the south and with sunshine.

The first race was a repeat of Saturday's first one with Steve Crook and Sally Townend's early lead ground down by Davis and Kilsby. Davis and Kilsby controlled race five from start to finish holding off all attempts by Crook and Townend to thwart victory.

For the sixth and final race, Andy Davis and Pippa Kilsby powered their way to another race win and overall victory, while Chris Gould and Chris Kilsby secured second place to be runners up. Steve Crook and Sally Townend closely finished in fourth place overall as the best local sailors.

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