Drascombe Association

Pitsford Rally - May 29th-30th

Twelve boats attended this popular annual rally held at Pitsford Water, a few miles north of Northampton, where we were guests of Northampton Sailing Club. Eleven boats, ranging from Dabbers to Coasters. took part in the fifth annual Robbie's Race, in memory of that much admired DA member, Robbie Henderson. His widow, Janet, and her family watched the race and Janet presented the handsome Churchouse Boats trophy to the winning crew, Roger and Helen Badcock (Coaster "Bundy Bear").

First place might well have gone to Iain Thomson in his fine new Deben Lugger which was well ahead of the field in a race which began in dead calm and ended amid 20 knot gusts. Sadly, Iain failed to cross the designated finishing line. Ever sadder, two other vessels followed him. But a good time was had by all and the traditional Pitsford Rally dinner was followed by much music and yarn-spinning. We raised a glass to our old sailing pal, John Sheldrake, who died suddenly earlier this year. A small boat jumble raised 15 for Myton Hospice, Warwick.

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