With a forecast for freshening winds, possibly reaching gale force by dusk, it was hardly surprising that there were fewer boats taking part this year and, of course, most of the racing fleet have already been laid up for the winter. However, November 5th is not chosen for its weather prospects but to commemorate the 1901 High Court victory by the Oystermen in respect of foreshore rights.
Mylor Yacht Club has been holding the race on this day for the last 27 years and on this occasion Bernie Bagley's capacious motor yacht Tabasco was the committee boat with Steve Nicholls as Race Officer.
Some boats had reefed their mains and all appeared to handle the wind over tide chop very well. But there were increasingly heavy gusts and Soft Wing decided to call it a day after first round. Lola made a cracking start and went on to win her class ahead of Moon, who at the end of her first season was still looking very smart with her tan sails adding a touch of warmth to the November scene.
Sue Treneer presented the coveted Silver Oyster Trophy for the small licensed dredging boat class to Barry Prynn sailing Dolly. First large non-dredging boat was Lola (Sandy Creedon) with Moon (Pat Selman) second. Sapphire (Chris Symonds) took the prize in the small non-dredging class.
The tan sails of Moon brighten the autumnal scene.
Winner of the Silver Oyster Trophy, Dolly, caught by a brief shaft of sunlight as she crosses the line.
(Report & pictures: Anna Cruise.)