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Wayfarers make hay at the Medway Marathon

by Andy Rice 21 Jun 2021 14:31 PDT 19 June 2021
Richard Stone and Catherine Gore win the Medway Marathon 2021 © Tim Olin /

Richard Stone and Catherine Gore sailed their Wayfarer to victory at the Medway Marathon last Saturday, taking just under four and a half hours to complete the 26-mile handicap race. The longest distance event seen in the Selden SailJuice Winter Series, the Medway Marathon brought together dinghies and local keelboat fleets together in a battle up this historic waterway.

Local knowledge clearly helps, Stone having sailed on the river for more than 40 years. Stone and Gore are also Commodore and Rear Commodore of Medway Yacht Club, the host organiser for a competition that this year took place in a gentle Force 2 to 3.

Other winners of recent years include Chris Saunders in a Blaze and Andrew Peake in a Musto Skiff, but this year Peake and the other Musto Skiffs didn't get enough breeze to really light up their asymmetric advantage. With everyone travelling at displacement speed most of the time, the Wayfarers came into their own.

In second place was the Wayfarer of Brian and Elizabeth McKenzie who finished around 90 seconds behind the winners, while Luke Fisher's Vareo finished third overall, just 24 seconds behind the McKenzies on corrected time under the Great Lakes handicap numbers. Fisher has also completed all events in the Seldén SailJuice Winter Series so far this season.

Thirteen year old Ben Rothwell won the Half Marathon in his Laser 4.7, while Millie Lewis, sailing a Laser Radial, was the best placed lady helm and U23 helm in the Marathon itself.

Event sponsor Craftinsure's Rob Cage sailed his Merlin Rocket to 15th place crewed by daughter Hatty, and first of the keelboats was Luke Hopper's Sonata crew in 18th place.

The Medway Marathon was a recent addition to the Seldén SailJuice Winter Series which has been extended from last winter through to the final event which is the rescheduled Tiger Trophy, due to take place at Rutland Water on the final weekend of August.

If you always fancied racing in the Tiger Trophy but always thought early February was a bit too thermally challenging, then sign up for the first ever summer edition of this classic event:

Overall Results:

PosClassSail NoHelmCrewClubPYElapsedCorrected
1Wayfarer10974Richard StoneCatherine GoreMedway YC110204:26:2904:01:49
2Wayfarer10686Brian McKenzieElizabeth McKenzieMedway YC110204:28:0204:03:13
3RS Vareo407Luke Fisher Emberton Park SC109304:26:1604:03:37
4Wayfarer10673Dave RobertsMike BryantBough Beech SC110204:29:1804:04:22
5Wayfarer10618Tony AlexanderJon MoonMedway YC110204:31:1404:06:08
6Wayfarer10947Stewart ColtartCatriona ColtartMedway YC110204:31:3304:06:25
7Wayfarer11118John GoudieSam BonifaceWilsonian SC110204:32:0404:06:53
8Wayfarer11315Mike PimmPete DilleyMedway YC110204:33:1204:07:55
9Wayfarer11170Tom PygallSam PygallParkstone YC110204:33:2904:08:10
10Wayfarer10615Alberto QuagliaStan BenwellMedway YC110204:35:1104:09:43
11Wayfarer11064Nigel PyeDave ParkMedway YC110204:38:2504:12:39
12Solo5418Mick Greenland Wilsonian SC115204:51:5904:13:27
13Laser Radial215283Millie Lewis Medway YC114704:51:2104:14:01
14Wayfarer10837Jonathan DavisAshley DavisMedway YC110204:42:1604:16:08
15Merlin Rocket3768Rob CageHatty Cage 98004:13:3604:18:47
16Blaze773Stu Bailey Medway YC103304:28:3104:19:56
17Wayfarer11121Diana GalpinMark BentonHamble River SC110204:47:1204:20:37
18Sonata8420Luke HopperPaul HopperMedway YC103904:30:5004:20:40
19Sonata8999Alistair BoltonHenry TownsendMedway YC103904:32:2604:22:12
20Blaze756Alastair Smith Wilsonian SC103304:31:1104:22:31
21Alto122Chris AshbyIan ParrisWilsonian SC92604:03:5704:23:27
22RS200242Ian FoxwellHannah FoxwellMedway YC104604:37:0304:24:52
23Musto Skiff520Graeme Oliver Medway YC84903:46:3704:26:55
24Squib515Christine Halliday‑SadlerGraham Halliday‑SadlerMedway YC110804:56:5804:28:01
25Wayfarer7899Jonathan HoodHugo DavisMedway YC110204:56:0904:28:44
26Sonata8410Paul KirkSteve RadcliffeMedway YC103904:39:2004:28:51
27Dragon726Edwin HannantJames HannantMedway YC98604:25:1704:29:03
28Dragon675Chris BrearleyDavid HarrisMedway YC98604:26:1904:30:06
29Musto Skiff616David Poston Medway YC84903:49:4004:30:31
3042054536Charlie BakerLewis WrightMedway YC108304:53:2404:30:55
31Sonata8424Ian LongEsther RubboMedway YC103904:41:4804:31:13
32Squib748Paul StudartMike WebbMedway YC110805:01:3004:32:07
33Scorpion2009Mark LeeAlex LeeMedway YC103004:42:1204:33:59
34Dragon823Howard PatersonBill BakerMedway YC98604:30:4104:34:32
35Alto111Andy HockeyAndrew Shailer‑SmithWilsonian SC92604:17:2104:37:55
36Dragon747Trevor CoxToby AtackMedway YC98604:35:3204:39:27
3720002305Nik AntoniadesIsabelle HillWilsonian SC109005:06:2604:41:08
38Laser146964George Jones Medway YC110805:11:4804:41:24
39Musto Skiff502Nick Lett  84903:58:5904:41:29
40Laser165310Brett Lewis Medway YC110805:13:2604:42:53
41RS8001126George SmithAlice CrickMedway YC79903:50:3004:48:29
42Laser198900Brian Culver Wilsonian SC110805:33:5705:01:24
44Musto Skiff615Andrew Peake Medway YC849DNF 

Events in the Seldén SailJuice Winter Series 2020/21:

Datchet Flyer, Datchet Water SC, 6-7 December 2020
Grafham Belle, Grafham Water SC, 29-30 May 2021
Medway Marathon, Medway YC, 19 June 2021
Tiger Trophy, Rutland Water SC, 28-29 August 2021

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