Record entries for Savills Regatta
24 June 2016
Photos: Brendan Fitzgerald
Held on 13 June on the Fal Estuary at Mylor Yacht Club, this year’s Savills Regatta is already going down as the best yet. The combined entry fees and raffle proceeds raised more than £1,600 for the Cornwall Community Foundation.
Morning rain cleared in time for the race start, with a good breeze in the 15-20 knot range. A record entry of 54 yachts came to the start line in classes for IRC, IRC Half Tonners, Handicap cruisers, Firebird multihulls, Falmouth Sunbeams and the traditional Falmouth Working Boats.
Teams came from as far as London and the Midlands for the event, which has now become a popular part of the watersports and social calendar in Cornwall. Round the world sailor and adventurer Pete Goss entertained guests before the racing, and the fleet was greeted by a flypast by one of the Merlin squadron just before the start.
The Firebird multihull class scorched round the course and Pete Stephens took the honours, with all six boats ‘flying a hull’ at some point in the race. Duncan Adams won the IRC division 1 in Vindscreen Viper for the second time, while the Laser 28 Encore was the clear winner in IRC 2, again for the second time.
Five half tonners took the opportunity to get some practice in for the forthcoming Half Ton Cup, with Paul Pullen’s Miss Whiplash winning comfortably in the end. E class was won by Paddy Fox’s Bristol-based team aboard Merlin, while John Cruise took the honours in U class.
In the Sunbeam class, Neil Hopkins’ Mary was the sole survivor from four entries, and Arty Williams Winnie won the colourful Falmouth Working Boat class. Again this year, there were six Shrimpers racing, with Pelican taking the gun.
Co-sponsors Brewin Dolphin entertained the guests before the racing, while Stephens Scown hosted a party for the skippers and crews after the packed prize giving.
Further sponsorship and support for the regatta came from Country Life Magazine, Ancasta Yacht Brokers, Stacks Property Search, St Austell Brewery, Dead Man’s Fingers Rum, Mylor Chandlery, and Engine Flag Media. Raffle prizes were kindly donated by The Cove, Camelia Interiors, Bango Street Kitchen, Paul Jackson, Cusgarne Organic Farm and Wine in Cornwall.
Head of Savills Cornwall office, Jonathan Cunliffe said “Thanks to our sponsors and the competitors, the event has grown far beyond our wildest dreams when we started it in 2007. It is great that people keep coming back, but also that it is attracting new teams for the first time, and from other parts of the UK”.