UK Frostbiting Travelers Trophy
The 2.4 Class went to Oxford SC for one day of racing to decide the last event of the season. 14 2.4s battled it out on a cold and wet Sunday and it was clear that 5 boats would be battling for the win. Simon Hill in a loaned boat was showing his improvements over the season by taking the first race by half a boat length from Megan Pascoe. National Champion Iain Stowe took 3rd with Bruce Hill in 4th. The 2nd race was lead by Steve Bullmore for the first beat but was overtaken by Iain, Bruce and Megan.
Unfortunately Iain had a collision at the leeward mark which let Megan win the race followed by Bruce, Steve and Simon. Iain pulled back to 5th to make it a 5 boat show down going into the last race. In the final race 4 of the lead boats headed off to the left of the course with Bruce alone on the right. This proved the winning move as he lead for the rest of the race. This left the four boats to battle it out. Steve showed some real pace by finishing 2nd, Simon 3rd, and Megan !4th. This meant that the winner of 2010 Round the Island Race Bruce Hill took his first win of the season with Megan 2nd and Simon getting his first podium in 3rd. The frostbite also raised money for Children in Need.
The Travellers Trophy was decided with Megan taking the overall series. In his first season Peter Gregory finished the frostbite in 6th which gave him 2nd place in the series over Keith Gordon. Prizes were also awarded for best performance of the year going to Iain Stowe for 25th at the World Championships, Peter Gregory for travelling the most miles, Simon Hill for character of the year and Blaire Hannah for rookie of the year.
The British fleet is growing with four newcomers at our last event meaning that next year will be even bigger than last. We have had success with match racing this year the most Britsh boats ever to be seen at a Worlds. Next year sees the Formula 2.4 being built in the UK ad the disabled worlds in Weymouth will make 2011 a new lease of life for the British class. We have our new website up and running at The UK Website