Fiona Hampshire is Amateur Sailor of the Year – January 2018

Congratulations to Fiona Hampshire (St Catharines 2009) on becoming Amateur Sailor of the Year on 11 January 2018 at the London Boat Show! This is the second year running that a CUCrC lady has filled the spot – Katie Nurton won the award in 2017. Many thanks to all those members who voted for her.

Photo of Fiona with her trophy
Fiona with her trophy © (Sportography Ltd)

News of Jane Philpot (now Buckley) – August 2017

It is good to hear news of distant members from time to time and we are glad to be able to report that Jane Philpot (now Buckley, Newnham 1959) continues to enjoy life in Ottawa with her Canadian husband Michael. Both are a little less active now in competitive sailing than in earlier times when Jane (with Michael as crew) won the Y-Flyer Canadian Nationals and was a close 2nd in the Internationals.

Crewed by Lyn Zeidler, Jane also won the Ontario women’s double-handed Championship in Tasers at Toronto (on Lake Ontario), and went on to win the first Canadian women’s double-handed National Championship sailed in Enterprises in Vancouver Harbour (dodging tankers and tugs towing barges!).

Hugh Day – January 2017

It is with great sadness that we note the death of D H T (Hugh) Day (Clare 1947) on 14 January 2017.   Hugh sailed on the winning Cambridge Varsity Team at Poole in 1950 – see (the rather poor copy of ) the team photo below – and was a long term supporter of the Club.   Near-contemporary Dick Vernon (Clare 1945/46 and 1948/50 due to army service) comments:

Hugh was at Clare with me and we used to cycle on a tandem to St Ives where, at that time, Cambridge sailed in Fireflies on the river Ouse. In later years he was a member of the Aldeburgh Yacht Club.

There will be a service of Thanksgiving at 2.30pm on Wednesday 1st February at All Saints Church in Newmarket and afterwards at The Jockey Club.

Home is the Sailor Home from the Sea – September 2016

Megan (Pembroke 2004) and Ed (St Johns 2001) Clay have just spent 13 months sailing their Contessa 38, Flycatcher of Yar, around the North Atlantic. Setting out from Cobnor on 8th August 2015 and heading south across the Bay of Biscay in late August, they explored Galicia and Portugal before sailing west to Maderia and on to the Canaries. In the Autumn, they pressed south to Gambia where they headed 150 miles inland on the river before visiting the Cape Verde Islands on the way across the Atlantic to Barbados.

After a sunny few months in the Windward and Leeward Islands they sailed past Puerto Rico and through the Bahamas before making landfall at Charleston in South Carolina. They spent the spring working up the East Coast of the States to Maine, before visiting Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Labrador. The few photographs below will give you some idea of the experiences they had on this memorable trip.

The next landfall was the west coast of Greenland, where they were joined by Tom Smedley (St Johns 2005) for the trip up into the Arctic Circle – as far as Disko Bay and 70 degrees north. Ben Lister (Christs 2003) joined them there for the trip south to Cape Farewell and then back across the Atlantic, arriving home on 12 September 2016. More words and pictures are on the website of the voyage (opens in a new window).

Humpback whales, Disko Bay, Greenland
Humpback whales, Disko Bay, Greenland

Megan and Ed look out over Disko Bay
Megan and Ed look out over Disko Bay

Lucky we are not the Titanic ... Disko Bay
Lucky we are not the Titanic … Disko Bay

Tim Gratton Takes Gertrude Cup for Royal Thames – August 2016

Congratulations to Tim Gratton (Helm), Jack Davies, Lilly Carlisle, and Emily Wiltshire (Cardiff alumnus) who were victorious for Royal Thames in the prestigious international invitational Gertrude Cup held in Etchells at Cowes 30 Jul – 3 Aug 2016. A full report appears on the Yachts & Yachting website (opens in a new window).

Luke and Emma McEwen Take RS800 Europeans – July 2016

Congratulations to Luke and Emma McEwen on winning the RS800 European Championships at Circulo Vela Torbole on Lake Garda, 25-29 July 2016, and to Fiona Hampshire who crewed Tim Saxton into 2nd place. A full report is on the Yachts & Yachting website (opens in a new window). Luke and Emma also won the RS800 UK Championships.