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The Probert Race

We had a beautiful, warm, sunny evening on Wednesday with a fantastic turn out of 15 boats to compete for the Probert Cup. To start with there was a southerly breeze of 7-10 knots with a flooding tide making the first beat up to Ellanore a leisurely affair. Quite a few boats went aground (but decided not to publicise the fact until later) trying to keep out of the tide, and the wind gradually fell to 5-7 knots allowing the top half of the fleet to get away from the rest once they started running with tide.

Peter Baines, a visitor from Hamble, led most of the way around, but Roger managed to squeak a win by picking up a slightly stronger breeze on the right side of the course, with Peter second.

The Probert Cup, which traditionally is not awarded to the first boat but to one which had an 'interesting' race, was awarded to Peter Baines for his valiant efforts but then allowing Roger to beat him on the line. Peter said afterwards that this had been his strategy all along!

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