Five Years - Six Feet Tall

Glorious sunshine, light to moderate winds, sparkling water - these were the ideal conditions when Hudderslield S.C. held their Mirror Open Meeting on Boshaw Whams Reservoir set amongst the Pennine hills. There were 23 entries from Clubs in the Yorkshire Area and three races were sailed, together with a single handed race.

First place went to the Sailing Secretary of the home club, Phil Bowers, and seven year’s old Martin Bowers, who crewed for his father. went home with that “six foot feeling” after they received the “Kimian”  Trophy from Mrs. Whitman who presented the prizes. Second place was taken by J. C. Wells — White Rose S.C., third place by R. Harding — Huddersfield S.C., and fourth place went to J. A. Walker — Wakefield & District S.C. This was a happy result with home club members and visitors sharing the prizes.

However. some hard sailing took place before the finalists were decided. The first race was won by Phil Bowers with P. Robinson — Ripon S.C. second and J. A. Walker — Wakefield & District S.C. third.

In the second race a capsize at the first mark by Phil Bowers resulted in his falling to 15th position, but eventually he finished 5th with J. C. Wells — White Rose S.C. in first place, J. Cheeseborough — White  Rose S.C. second, and F. C. Calthorne — Yorkshire Ouse S.C. third.

The third race was the deciding one since Phil Bowers and J. C. Wells each had a first to their credit. Bowers, however, got away to a good start and gradually increased his lead throughout the race to finish first well in front of the rest of the fleet. Second place went to Michael Harding and third place to J. B. Payne, both of Huddersfield S.C.

Editor's note - This article is from Reflections No. 11 Autumn 1973, page 14 and has been captured by OCR, so typos & errors are possible.