Gertrude Cup 2016 30th July - 3rd August
Day 1: It was a classic day on the Solent on Sunday, July 31 as the Cowes Etchells fleet invitational event for the Royal Thames Yacht Club's Gertrude cup got underway. This event which provides equally matched actuals to competitors from around the world is based loosely on the New York yacht club invitational event and as such each competitor is given a set of North sales which are all matched and they rotate boats each day to ensure fairness in equipment. This, combined with the incredible one design racing in the Etchells fleet led to last years event seeing three teams tied for the lead after 11 races, all being split by a tiebreak.
After the first three races, one of those teams led by Tom Carruthers from San Diego yacht club holds a two point lead over Seamus McHugh from Geneva with the Royal Thames yacht club's own youth Academy sailor Tim Gratton holding third. Carruthers is preparing for the Etchells world championship in Cowes in September and had a very strong score line of 2, 3, 6.
Stampede GBR1329 built by David Heritage
Offered in first class condition, includes 2-year-old mast and Boom 4 wheeled road trailer, loads of good racing sails and practice sails, deck and winter covers, mast ram electric pump and choice of spinnaker bags/box, loads of new running rigging and control lines installed in last year
Very fast boat, my results with all amateur crew include Overall winner Cowes Week, Siada Cup overall, plus many Cat 1 wins including Etchells Europeans.
Seriously for sale, as I have purchased 1439 price £22,500 stored ashore undercover Cowes