Nine different classes filled the top 10 places, with 139 boats coming to Rutland to compete at the two-day regatta despite a heinous weather forecast. With ropes and boats icing up even as the fleet set out for three back-to-back races on Saturday, the challenge was to stay warm enough to be able to race effectively. International Moth sailor Ricky Tagg was concerned about his foiling mechanism icing up, but in the moderate breezes he hammered out of the congested start line at full pace and made mincemeat of the trapezoid course, winning two of the three races on handicap. Former Musto Skiff World Champion Richard Stenhouse professed to ‘feeling rusty' but still did enough to hold a top-three position after the Saturday, and there was a good variety of classes well in the hunt.
John Merricks Tiger Trophy 2012 winners: John Merricks Tiger Trophy Tom Jeffcoate & Tom Pygall - (Overall Winner) Scorpion - Notts County SC
John Merricks Lady Tiger Trophy Vicki Payne & Stephanie Orton (First all girl crew) 29er - Emsworth SC - 23rd
Shere Khan Trophy Richard Stenhouse (Combined crew of 75+ or helm aged over 45) Musto Skiff - Rutland SC - 6th
Youth Trophy Toby Morsley & Matt Wallis 420 - Port Dinorwic SC - 4th
For full overall results of the Tiger Trophy, go here: http://www.sailracer.org/results_report.asp?status=0&usr=sr&event=24695
The Tiger Trophy was the fourth event in the SailJuice Global Warm-Up 2012 series. The last event is the Draycote Dash on 25/26 February. www.sailracer.org/globalwarmup