The 7th and final race of the Coastal Offshore Group series took place on Saturday in glorious warm sunny conditions and steady breeze. The forecast weak breeze in the early morning filled in throughout the four hours of the race as fifteen yachts completed two courses around marks across Falmouth Bay to the Lizard with roughly half in each class.
The Mylor Yacht Club Lay Up Cup sponsored by Marine Team, is an annual event organized by Mylor Yacht Club, with yachts starting from a line from Pendennis Point to Black Rock. Conditions dictate the course, and a forecast of fading light breezes meant the race officer wisely chose a route he could shorten if necessary. Two fleets competing on different handicap systems contested two slightly different courses that allowed for the distance covering abilities of some of the very fast monohulls in the IRC fleet, and to give competitors in some of the slower boats in the handicap fleet a manageable day’s sailing. A great decision by the race officer to shorted the courses at a mark off Gyllyngvase beach brought all yachts home after a pleasant day on the water, by around 2pm.
The course differed from the usual COGS races which are normally long distance drag races, in that it was more like a big ‘round the cans’ course with lots of shorter legs.
A prize giving took place at Mylor Yacht Club later on Saturday with first place in both classes being taken by yachts from St Mawes Sailing Club. In IRC Pascoes Jaguar, helmed by Craig Brown, had a comfortable win by almost six minutes on corrected time over second placed Black Dog, owned and helmed by Stewart Sawyer. In the handicap fleet Gorra Knack, a GK24 owned and helmed by Steve Rendle also had a convincing win. The two handed trophies were lifted by Juno in IRC and Noon Hi in the handicap class.
In the overall season results after seven coastal races sailed, fourth place at Mylor was enough to give Scorpion, helped by Geoff Davies the win in IRC with Afrita second and Juno third.
In the handicap fleet, Aura helmed by Euan Beattie was first, Tai Mo Shan second, and Noon Hi third.
For full results see below.
Mylor Lay Up Cup results, IRC: 1st Pascoes Jaguar, 2nd Black Dog, 3rd Juno, 4th Scorpion, 5th Aftita, 6th General Khaos, 7th Elsa, 8th Jinja. Handicap fleet results: 1st Gorra Knack, 2nd Tai Mo Shan, 3rd Moondance, 4th Nightowler, 5th Celtic Spirit, 6th Noon Hi, 7th Apotheosis.
Two handed IRC results: 1st Juno, 2nd Afrita. Two handed handicap results: 1st Noon Hi, 2nd Apotheosis.