The Swale Match
41st SWALE SMACK & BARGE MATCH 2013
Saturday 3rd August -
41st Swale Match, 3rd August –what a day!
The inshore shipping forecast predicted “SW 4-5 occasionally 6 at first” and other wind sites also forecast strong winds throughout the day. And they weren’t wrong; it remained windy until well after everyone had finished.
The Open Gaffers sail their own course in the Swale and when they were getting ready about 10am, a particularly vicious squall passed over Hollowshore and they quickly decided that it would be foolish to continue. A number regular participants did not, for a variety of reasons, enter this year, and some who had then decided that the conditions merited the cautious approach and stayed on their anchors or mud berths. So the fleet was not as big as usual, though the barges were well represented, and there was, as always, a great variety of vessels on the Swale.
Due to the tide (HW 10:45) the bigger boats started late this year, the barges starting first at 11:00, followed by the smacks, then the gaffers and classic Bermudians.
The START: Committee Boat (HOOP OP ZEGEN) and SAND END;
COURSE: Sand End – Columbine (P)
Outer Mark: KSA marker buoy 1(Spaniard) (S)
KSA marker buoy 2 (Herne Bay) (S)
KSA marker buoy 3 (Sewer) (S)
Whitstable Street (P)
HOME: Receptive (S) and Committee Boat
One smack went aground just after HW on the very hard bottom on Whitstable Flats, not far from the start, and there was some anxiety that damage might have been sustained, but she got off safely on the next tide.
The contender for the fastest elapsed time for the gaffers snapped a spreader and retired as did two small gaffers, one loosing the rudder, the other breaking her tiller. Several other boats also retired. But luckily there were no injuries, nor major damage.
It was an exciting match and after the early squall it turned out to be a beautiful sunny day, with great cumulus clouds making their way across the summer sky. Afterwards, everybody agreed that it had been a fantastic race, and as usual good music, food and beer contributed to a great party at Hollowshore.
We’re already looking forward to next year, but in the meantime wish everyone good sailing wherever they may be.
41st SWALE MATCH 2013 RESULTS
BOAT SKIPPER TYPE LOA FINISH ELAPSED TIME HANDICAP
CLASS 1 - SMACKS & BAWLEYS
ALBERTA Robin Page Aldous smack 37' 16.43.30 4h 58m 30s 1.25
EMELINE Stuart Bernthal Whitstable smack 44' 17.39.32 5h 54m 32s 1.075
WILLIAM & EMILY Dave Quested Essex smack 45' RETIRED
WILLIAM & MARY Iain Barker Essex smack 33' DNS
CLASS 1A - REPLICAS
PRIVATEER Nick Relf Smack yacht 33' 17.42.16 5h 57m 16s
OLIVIA MARY Frank Campbell Bawley yacht 32' 17.47.48 6h 02m 48s
LUCY B Richard Kemball-Cook Smack yacht 32' 18.25.27 6h 40m 27s
ALVEUS Graham Wilson Replica smack 30' RETIRED
CLASS 1B - Open class for Ex-fishing vessels
MEGAN Tony Hodgkins West coast smack 30' 17.58.12 6h 13m 12s
GEM Tony Ryan Itchen Ferry 22' 18.10.44 6h 25m 44s
VALDA Simon Sidders Polperro gaffer 25' 18.17.28 6h 32m 28s
WONDER Edwin Bracken Itchen Ferry 19' RETIRED
CLASS 2 - GAFFERS under 25'
CROW Bob Berk modern gaff ketch 38' 16.12.02 4h 42m.02s
FIREFLY Jamie Clay gaff yawl 34' 16.41.33 5h 11m 33s
ROXLYN Richard East lug yawl 29' 17.21.02 5h 51m 02s
GROMIT Trevor Sanderson gaff cutter 9m 17.50.37 6h 20m 37s
CYGNET Simon Harding gaff yawl 40' 18.01.40 6h 31m 40s
PICOTEE II Ian 'Arfa' Gillander gaff cutter 28'
FIVE FARTHINGS Bill Tidnam Tide Water cutter 30'
SHEILA Danny Tester gaff sloop 28'
CLASS 2A - GAFFERS under 25'
RAVEN Schotman gaff cutter 23' 17.42.15 6h 12m 15s
GLORIA Nick Donaldson cornish crabber 24' 18.54.23 7h 24m 23
ALICE Alan Dreezer Itchen Ferry 25' RETIRED
TURNSTONE Lloyd Walker Memory 19' RETIRED
GREEN SLEEVES Roy Hart Memory 19' RETIRED
RHUBARB Peter Rice gaff sloop 16' DNS
PEQUOD Hugh Pemble gaff cutter 25' DNS
CLASS 2B - OPEN GAFFERS
LILLAN Scott Pereira lugger 14'
SUGAR Peter 'Pedro'Lewis gunter 15'
MARIAH Alison Sheffield GRP clinker 12'
COCKLE SHELL Murray East clinker gunter 12'
MILTON Alan Staley GRP lug dinghy 16'
CLASS 3 - BOWSPRIT BARGES
EDME Andy Harman Cann barge 80' 15.22.44 4h 07m 44s
MARJORIE Simon Devonshire Ipswich barge 84' 16.09.00 4h 56m 00s
CAMBRIA Ian Ruffles Greenhithe barge 86' 17.18.50 6h 03m 50s
CLASS 4 - STAYSAIL BARGES
EDITH MAY Geoff Gransden Cann barge 86' 15.29.58 4h 29m 58s
NIAGARA Bob Deards London iron barge 86' 15.42.33 4h 42m 33s
REPERTOR David Pollock Horlock barge, steel 86' 16.15.30 5h 15m 30s
CLASS 5 - SLOW STAYSAIL BARGES
CABBY Charles McClaren Rochester barge 86' 16.52.43 5h 52m 43s
LADY DAPHNE James Kent. Medway barge 91' DNS 5h 41m 23s
LADY OF THE LEA John 'Mac' MacClaren Lea barge 72' RETIRED
ORINOCO. Geoff 'Frog' Ingle London barge 86' DNS
CLASS 6 - DUTCH BARGES & HUMBER KEELS
TWEE GEZUSTER Steward Edge klipperaak (gaff sloop) 31m RETIRED
DAYBREAK Tony Woodward Humber Keel 61' RETIRED
CLASS 9 - BERMUDANS - 1960 and before
VALMIK James Kent Folkboat 26'
NISSA Martin Ashton Troll 33 sloop 32'
TERN James Daly Norwegian ¾ sloop 19'
CLASS 8 - HISTORIC POWERED VESSELS
LILLIAN Scott Pereira Gentleman's diesel yacht 30m
STORMVOGEL David Kew Luxe Motor 20m
VIC 96 Derek Gransden Steam Coaster 85'
AWARDS 41ST Swale Match 2013 VESSEL SKIPPER
CLASS 1: Smacks & Bawleys
Fastest Elapsed Time of any Smack or Barge
BMM WESTON CHALLENGE: EDME Andy Harman
1st (handicap) CALLIOPE Cup + PENNANT : ALBERTA Robin Page
2nd (handicap) WHILTSHHIRE Cup : EMELINE Stuart Bernthal
3rd (handicap) HOLLOWSHORE Cup: not awared
1st (elapsed time) SMACK ALLEY Cup: ALBERTA Robin Page
1st Visiting Smack FENTIMAN Cup: ALBERTA Robin Page
1st Kent Registered Smack NATIVE Cup: EMELINE Stuart Bernthal
1st over Start Line SHEPHERD NEAME Award: ALBERTA Robin Page
1st around Outer Mark (HerneBay) LILY MAY Cup: ALBERTA Robin Page
CLASS 1A: Replica Smacks & Bawleys
1st JEAVES Trophy + PENNANT: PRIVATEER Nick Relf
2nd SWALE MATCH Cup: OLIVIA MARY Frank Campbell
3rd STONEBRIDGE Tankard: LUCY B Richard Kemball-Cook
CLASS 1B: Open class for ex-fishing craft
1st BRITANNIA Trophy + PENNANT: MEGAN Tony Hodgkins
2nd CHARMAN(Evelyn Spearing) Trophy: GEM Tony Ryan
CLASS 2: Gaffers over 25ft
1st ECD (SKUA) Trophy + PENNANT: CROW Bob Berk
2nd WHITSTABLE TIME Cup: FIREFLY Jamie Clay
3rd SAND END Trophy: ROXLYN
CLASS 2A: Gaffers under 25ft
1st CLASSIC Cup + PENNANT: RAVEN Schotman
2nd UP THE CREEK Trophy: GLORIA Nick Donaldson
3rd LINNÆA Cup: not awarded
1st Visiting Gaffer VISITOR’s PLATE: RAVEN Schotman
CLASS 2B: Open Gaffers
1st BOSWELL Cup: not awarded
2nd OLIVE MAY Cup: not awarded
3rd BLUE WITCH Cup: not awarded
Any Gaffer’s Seamanship EMMA JANE Cup: not awarded
CLASS 3: Bowsprit Barges
1st CTS Cup + PENNANT: EDME Andy Harman
2nd SWALE Trophy: MARJORIE Simon Devonshire
3rd CRESCENT Cup: CAMBRIA Ian Ruffles
Fastest Start (Class 3 ) GUY SHARP Cup: EDME Andy Harman
Fastest Elapsed Time (Classes 3, 4 & 5) EDME Andy Harman
LAWRIE TESTER MEMORIAL (skipper) Cup: ANDY HARMAN
CLASS 4: Staysail Barges
1st HURLIMAN Cup + PENNANT: EDITH MAY Geoff Gransden
2nd KAY ALLEN Cup: NIAGARA Bob Deards
3rd PERCY WILDISH Cup REPERTOR David Pollock
CLASS 5: Restricted Staysail Barges
1st BRENTS Cup + PENNANT: CABBY Charles McClaren
2nd MORGAN-le-FAYE Cup: not awarded
3rd WHITBREAD Trophy: not awarded
Fastest Start (Classes 4 & 5) DOLPHIN YARD Cup: EDITH MAY Geoff Gransden
Seamanship (classes 3, 4 & 5) CHARLES FRAKE Cup: not awarded
Last Barge Home: DON GROVER MEMORIAL Trophy: CAMBRIA Ian Ruffles
CLASS 6: Dutch Barges /Humber Keels
1st JACK PAWSEY REMEMBRANCE Trophy: TWEE GEZUSTERS Steward Edge
2nd BILLY MORRIS Cup: DAYBREAK Tony Woddward
CLASS 8: Traditional Steam or Motor Vessels
EASTLING Trophy: VIC 96 Derek Gransden
FAVERSHAM CREEK Cup: STORMVOGEL David Kew
CLASS 9: Classic Bermudans
1st BERMUDAN Challenge Cup + PENNANT: VALMIK James Hunt
2nd OTTERHAM Cup: NISSA Martin Ashton
PLEASE ALSO NOTE THAT WHITSTABLE HARBOUR MATCH is on SATURDAY 10th AUGUST 2013