Hunts National Rally 2013

CVRDA National Rally at Hunts SC, August Bank Holiday weekend.

It isn’t often that a sailing event surpasses expectations in so many ways, but the weekend of sailing, eating and socializing put on by Hunts Sailing Club in Cambridgeshire was one which will stay in the memory for ever more.

The cvrda National Rally has a serious racing side, and everyone on the water tries their hardest, if not to win, then to catch and defeat their nearest rivals. But the stars of the show aren’t the sailors – their exploits are celebrated quietly – but the boats. To qualify, your class of boat has to have been designed before 1965 and you actual boat built before 1985. Within that, everything qualifies, whether an old GRP Minisail or a beautifully restored 18 foot Jollyboat.

Everyone will have had their favourite boat of the Rally, but I get to write this report, so I get to say which of the 40 or so boats out there really caught my eye. The first, and most obvious in a way, was Gently, Merlin no 16. This was Jack Holt’s own boat back in the late 40’s and early 50’s, and she has been beautifully restored by Mervyn Allen and Chris Barlow. Not only did she look wonderful on land and on the water, but went very nicely too, her cotton sails standing out against a sea of Dacron.

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Another boat to catch the eye wasn’t at all shiny – some might have called her a little tatty, even, but the Shelly design International Moth of Ian Marshall was a true pocket Rocket, her white hull, varnished decks and tall fully battened rig well ahead of all but the fastest of the bigger boats.

With a 56 year old Enterprise looking like she was fresh out of the packaging, a whole posse of Merlins and Merlin Rockets cutting their way through the water, a Purple painted ToY, complete with sliding seat, looking angular and purposeful, and a plethora of other boats looking great, the camera boats didn’t know which way to turn when.

ToY

Andy the race officer and his band of mostly young helpers put on some great racing for the fleet, and of course there were proud winners. The “old” wing, for boat built after 1965, was won by the Shelly International Moth. The Classic wing, for boats built before 1965, by Peter Vinton’s Fairey Finn 197, looking stunning in red, which was also the fastest boat of the weekend before handicapping, showing how well she was sailed. The Vintage wing, for boats built in the traditional style, was won by Gently.

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Thank you to Nessa, Nikky and their team. The food was superb, the safety crews friendly and efficient, the race team spot on with what they did.

prize giving tea

However, the final word has to be a small warning… do not do the following at home…

The wing-nut award for gross under-achievement on or off the water this year went to Tom Moore. He was up early on Sunday morning, trying to plug the many leaks he had discovered in his Minisail the day before. However, his tube of sealant (the sort of tube that works like squirty cream) had a blocked nozzle. Our intrepid hero was not to be put off that easily, but decided to drill the blockage out. However, the sealant in the tube was under pressure… following the explosion, Tom was found with sealant pretty much everywhere but on the boat he was trying to mend!

Results

Overall
BOAT Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Pursuit Total PLACE
Int Moth 2883 1 1 1 2 5 1
Finn 197 3 2 3 3 11 2
MS 3446 7 9 2 1 19 3
Merlin R 799 4 4 8 6 22 4
Int Moth 4066 5 12 4 7 28 5
Ent 472 9 6 6 5 26 6
Enterprise 3764 16 8 9 8 41 7
Firefly 2324 8 7 16 11 42 8
Graduate 2800 13 5 15 13 46 9
MR 16 14 15 14 4 47 10
MR 2972 6 13 13 14 46 11
Alb 5198 17 21 11 10 59 12
Solo 3398 21 14 9 17 61 13
Merlin R 1066 11 20 20 9 60 14
OK 1984 2 3 5 42 52 15
MS 5848 20 16 21 15 72 16
Int Moth 3796 15 42 28 12 97 17
Signet 522 18 19 19 20 76 18
BM 504 12 10 7 42 71 19
Finn 498 22 26 22 19 89 20
MS 9000 31 11 41 22 105 21
Europe 228 28 23 27 16 94 22
Phantom 836 27 28 17 24 96 23
Toy 76 19 32 42 18 111 24
MR 2040 10 29 18 42 99 25
MS 5621 24 17 42 29 112 26
MR 235 42 18 12 42 114 27
Alb 882 25 22 24 27 98 28
Jolly 325 32 30 30 23 115 29
MR 2410 23 25 26 42 116 30
MS 7000 33 34 31 26 124 31
Int Moth 3634 42 42 29 21 134 32
Finn 384 26 27 25 42 120 33
MS 6874 29 24 42 42 137 34
MR 2508 42 31 23 42 138 35
MS 1152 42 42 42 25 151 36
MS 3331 30 35 42 42 149 37
MS 245 42 42 42 28 154 38
Benito 42 33 42 42 159 39
MS 5621 42 42 42 42 168 40