Leeds & Bradford Model Boat Club 1.O.M skippers welcomed skippers from Rotherham, Weecher, Scarborough, Killingworth, South Shields, making a total entry of 17, although due to illness three others were not able to attend, to take part in their annual Phoenix Trophy Competition.
LBMBC started this event in 2006 with only six skippers registering, however, to date no skipper representing the club has managed to win the shield – (more practice needed say members). It is unfortunate that probably our best two skippers who would stand a chance at achieving our name on the shield had to act as OD’s but at least this was done professionally.
The enthusiasm of skippers were second to none, sailing in a constant downpour of rain from the start of racing until lunch time, when a bit of grace descended with the sun showing its head which in turn allowed them to dry out a little during the afternoon sailings.
As can be seen by the results:
Craig from Rotherham just managed to be the proud owner of the shield by 1 point, making his first time entry a memorable one.
The skippers who had lunch thoroughly enjoyed the efforts of Leeds & Bradford members and also the warm welcome received.
A big thank you to all the clubs who travelled to Yeadon Tarn, who without their support the day would not be as successful.
Our annual dinner/presentation night was once again a huge success. Trophies for competitions during 2015 were presented by our Chairman, Keith, to Maurice (Yorkshire Post trophy in I.OM class - Richard (Power Steering; Tug Towing; Marblehead and RG65). Although out of 5 competitions held during the year only two skippers were the outright winners, with one skipper taking 4 of the trophies, 2016 is on track to ensure that their colleagues skippers skills have greatly improved with practice during 2015 and making the winners of 2015 work much harder to keep their hands on the trophies!
The trophy for a member who had contributed their services to the club this year was presented to Gavin for his continuous retrieval of models out of control.