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Anne Barlow
Scow Captain


The Bembridge Scows are a local class to the area. They are a single handed stable boat with a gaff main sail which suits the conditions found in the area. There are about 40 boats in the club which can be seen parked along the front apron with more based around the harbour. They race with the slow handicap fleet having a Portsmouth Yard Stick number of 1500; however they do have their own prizes and an open championship each year in August. There are also competitions against Yarmouth, Seaview and Bembridge. If you require more information please look at the Sailing Programme or contact Anne Barlow at the Club.



Scow Team Racing BHYC v YSC

Friday 9th September saw the previously cancelled Scow Team Race between BHYC and YSC finally take place. With a start scheduled for 16.00hrs, the weather Gods finally smiled on the two clubs, the wind dropped to a pleasant if gusty F4, the clouds lifted and the sun came out.

Race Officer Lizzie Mitchell set a tricky triangular course to the East of the Fisherman's Pontoon. 2 rounds of this then a fast close reach to the finish at the Brading Haven clubhouse gave plenty of scope for team tactics. In Race 1, it took all of BHYC's Chris Wilkinson's skill to overcome the very competent John Smith from Yarmouth. Wilkinson finished just seconds ahead of Smith with Anne Barlow a useful 3rd.

In Race 2, BHYC's Graham Sutton and Colin Samuelson showed their strength by taking respectively places 1 and 2, leaving Niall, the best of Yarmouth's finishers in 3rd place. Race 3 saw Colin Samuelson for BHYC streets ahead of the competition, while Yarmouth's tactics gave Sutton a torrid time and banished this accomplished helmsman to 5th place. Newcomer to BHYC's team Andy Pavey showed his ability coming a strong 3rd but he was unable to beat Yarmouth's veteran Graeme Bowen who was a comfortable 2nd. The final race saw BHYC Captain Anne Barlow take an impressive lead after a tussle with Yarmouth around the leeward mark. With the series already won by BHYC Roger from Yarmouth took silver and Wilkinson from BHYC bronze.

The earlier start time allowed the onshore drinks and supper to be enjoyed at leisure. The event was very well supported by both clubs and if the noise level was anything to go by everyone had a hugely enjoyable evening. Well done Brading Haven.

Best Wishes,

Eve Watson Memorial Trophy

This is in memory of our good friend and fellow Scow sailor who died suddenly in April of 2015. Philip Norris, her partner of 28 years together with her mother, have donated an excellent trophy which will be kept at BHYC.


This page last updated September 20th 2016

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