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5th November 2007 - Report by John Cruise and photos by Jenny Leathes.

After a totally windless start to the day the race team at Mylor Yacht Club were relieved when a light breeze was felt coming down the creek. Last year’s race was abandoned due to lack of wind and no one wanted a repetition of that. The fluctuating wind direction did however give Race Officer Steve Nicholls the problem of choosing which of the four course options would give the fleet a reasonable windward leg.

Start line

The fleet of nine Working Boats, four of which are licensed for oyster dredging this winter, got off to a good start and began to spread out once they rounded Messack Buoy and headed into the flood tide. Agnes took the lead closely followed by Endeavour and Moon, while Dolly, Irene and Sapphire formed the next group. Tacking for the gate mark proved tricky and several boats had to put in last minute tacks with Magdalena, Molly and Zona making the final group.

Curlew, the restored Falmouth Quay Punt from the NMMC collection also sailed the course, although she was not officially racing. She made a fine sight alongside the equally venerable Working Boats.

Curlew Falmouth Quay Punt supporting the Oyster Race

Coming to the finish at the end of the second round Agnes still had the lead while Moon had sneaked ahead of Endeavour. First of the small class boats was Dolly followed by Sapphire. Molly crossed the line sixth overall to take the silver oyster trophy for the large boat class. The wind shifts at the finish were still hard to judge but Arfie and Sue Treneer in Magdalena did it in style holding onto seventh place ahead of Irene and Zona.

Afterwards, there were prizes for nearly all skippers presented by Sue Treneer. Robert Northey reminded the assembly that exactly thirty years ago Sue and Arfie were married in Mylor Church and led a series of cheers to raise the roof.

Agnes approaching Messack buoy in front of the fleet

Large licensed boats: 1, Molly (Ian Shield) 2, Zona (Chrissie Vinnicombe)
Small licensed boats: 1, Dolly (Barry Prynn) 2, Magdalena (Arfie Treneer)
Large unlicensed: 1, Agnes (Robin Snelson) 2, Moon (Patrick Selman) 3, Endeavour (Robin Taylor)
Small unlicensed: 1, Sapphire (Chris Simmonds)

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