Haven Ports has dominated EAORA (East Anglian Offshore) racing this year, with Paul Scott’s Sigma 38 Spirit taking the overall championship and Richard and Cathy Brown’s Arcona 410 Brave in runner up spot.
It was a closely fought battle between the two boats, Brave winning the first two races of the season, the 55-mile Pattinson Cup (Burnham on Crouch to West Mersea) and the 48-mile Ralph Herring Trophy (West Mersea to Burnham on Crouch), with Spirit a close second in both.
Spirit then produced the performance of the season to claim victory in the hotly contested 180-mile RORC North Sea Race (Harwich to Scheveningen) and went on to win the 45-mile Thames Estuary Race (Chatham to Burnham on Crouch.
Brave fought back with victory in the Round the Goodwins race (Ramsgate to Ramsgate), again with Spirit a close second, and Spirit led on points, going into the final race of the season, the 86-mile Buckley Goblets race from West Mersea to Ostend.
It was still statistically possible for Brave to overtake her for the season’s title, but although Brave beat her in the race, the margin was not enough for overall honours. Many congratulations to Spirit for an outstandingly consistent season.
Both boats won their respective Class titles, Brave in Class One and Spirit in Class Two, both counting only class victories, once discards were taken into account.
It has been an outstandingly enjoyable racing season, thanks to brilliant weather, and it has been an outstandingly successful EAORA season for HPYC, retaining the coveted inter-club championship.