Mum's Bucket Round 1 Qualifier


8 teams of RTYC members arrived at Queen Mary on Sunday 30th November for the first qualifier for the Mum’s Bucket random pairs team racing. Random pairs has the advantage that the less experienced get to race with and against the stronger team racers and the more experienced team racers have to learn to coach their less experienced team mate along as the scoring is simple: the last boat to finish loses. 
Despite a forecast of little wind and fog the weather soon cleared to a beautiful sunny day with a perfect Force 3. The target was to achieve 28 races (two complete rounds) and achieve it we did, via back to back short sharp races of between 9 and 15 minutes albeit with the last race taking place as the sun went down.
Almost every race involved changes of lead and the competitors’ and umpires’ mental agility was tested to the limits. The results demonstrated the closeness of racing with the two winners not only equal on points but equal on count-back given that both had beaten each other twice. So William Edward’s team and Henry Arnold’s team were declared joint winners and Jonny Foot’s team were third with Nigel Baker’s team also qualifying for the final in 4th place.
Vice Commodore Bernard Kinchin swapped his normal umpire role to be a competitor with a full set of Flag officers as crew: Rear Commodores Chris Griffiths, Simon Lavers and Tony Hanna.

Linda Pennington was PRO with Richard Freeborn and Richard Ambler assisting and the umpire team was led by Neil Beaton with RTYC member Bill Wyatt and two helpers.
Anthony Hinton fulfilled his first time as Event Manager with great success and the J/80s proved their worth again as excellent team racing boats for our members enjoy for the longer season given full RTYC ownership.
The next qualifier is on 28th February and any members who would like to helm or crew should contact the sailing office as this is an ideal event to mix experience with inexperience and age with youth. We will try to ensure you get teamed up even if you do not know many other members.

Anyone who failed to qualify is welcome to take part in the second qualifier.

Position Crew Points
1st William Edwards, Sylvia O’Keeffe, Henry Woods, Alison Kinsey 10
1st Henry Arnold, James Hooper, Camilla Bundy, Joanna Finn 10
3rd Jamie Foot, Jonny Foot, Camilla Gosling, David Miller 9
4th Nigel Baker, Michael Probert, Jonathan Cameron 7
5th Rob Gosling, Ed Moore, Sarah Forbes-Campbell 6
6th Richard Powell, Andrew Sutherland, James Dean, Andrew Rowlands 5
6th Bernard Kinchin, Tony Hanna, Chris Griffiths, Simon Lavers 5
8th Anthony Hinton, Angus Grogono, Thomasin Andrews, Jerry Warrilow 4