12th January 2019

Past Reports

2018 - Event Cancelled due to low water level

As a result of the uniquely low water levels currently affecting the Thames Water reservoir, the 2018 Bloody Mary Pursuit Race, scheduled to run on 6 January as part of the GJW Direct SailJuice Winter Series, will not now take place.Queen Mary Reservoir is one of the Thames Water reservoirs currently experiencing unprecedentedly low water levels due to low rainfall this year and resultant lack of flow in the River Thames. Rainfall in October and November has been, respectively, 30% and 45% of monthly averages. Filling of the reservoir is controlled by the Environment Agency and water levels are not expected to increase significantly for 6-8 weeks.Commodore Richard Steele said, ‘The Bloody Mary pursuit race is Queen Mary SC’s longest-standing, largest, and most famous race, so this is a very difficult decision we have made with great reluctance.The unprecedentedly low water levels have exposed a deep and muddy “beach” between concrete bank and water, and although we successfully ran a Laser Masters event here at the end of November, conditions then were sunny and dry, winds were moderate and we were launching and recovering 60 compact lightweight boats. The Bloody Mary, with around 300 boats of mixed weights, classes and configurations being launched and recovered in one short winter’s day, would present a much greater logistical and physical problem and attendant risk to the safety of competitors, volunteers and staff. Sadly, this has to be a case of head over heart. Competing in the Bloody Mary is one of the great dinghy sailor challenges and we will all be looking forward eagerly to Saturday 12th January 2019 for the 45th iteration of this iconic race.’ 

2017 Report: Fireflies glide to victory in a light winds classic

Light winds greeted the sailors of the 5th leg of the GJW SailJuice Winter Series as the 44th Bloody Mary got underway at Queen Mary Sailing Club. This year attracted 287 entries, representing 61 classes from 105 clubs.  A steady force two decreased to a patchy force one testing the skills of 444 sailors today.   With one hour to go it was Topper 47641 of Sam Jones in the lead followed by the Firefly 2649 of Alex and Thomas Davey, with the Firefly taking the lead with 45 minutes to the finish cannons. Two Fireflies took advantage of the dying breeze to get a good lead over the chasing pack, with the Enterprises, Solos, Thames A-Raters and National 12s, carving their way through the fleet in pursuit. But there was no chance of catching father and son team, Alex and Thomas, from Royal Harwich YC, in their Firefly 2649 as they glided to victory. Second place went to Firefly 3119, Barney Smith and Finian Morris from Papercourt, with the Solo 5491 of Michael Simms, Carsington SC, taking third. Ann Jackson and Alan Skeen from Burghfield were fourth in their Enterprise 23349, with Ann also scooping First Lady Helm and First Grand Master trophies.A testing day, resulting in the first ever win for the Firefly class and probably the youngest winner in crew, Thomas age 9, with 2nd placed crew Finian Morris from Papercourt also flying the flag for young sailors. Well done to all who took to the water today. The Top 10 places were:

  • 1st Firefly 2649 Alex and Thomas, from Royal Harwich YC
  • 2nd Firefly 3119 Barney Smith and Finian Morris from Papercourt
  • 3rd Solo 5491 Michael Simms from Carsington SC
  • 4th Enterprise 23349 Ann Jackson and Alan Skeen from Burghfield
  • 5th Solo 5670 Vince Horey from King George 
  • 6th Solo 5080 Fraser Hayden from Papercourt 
  • 7th Thames A-Rater 24 Jamie Stewart, Martin Hunter and James Date from Frensham Pond
  • 8th Solo 5651 5651 Lawrence Creaser from HISC
  • 9th Miracle 4040 Neil Gibson and Keith Macey from Redoubt SC
  • 10th GP14 13251 Ian Dobson and Gemma Marshall from Burwain SC

Special prizes were awarded to:

  • First Lady Helm: Enterprise 23349 Ann Jackson from Burghfield
  • First Queen Mary Helm: Laser 182481 Toby Ayre
  • Grand Master: Enterprise 23349 Ann Jackson from Burghfield
  • First Junior Helm:  Topper 47641 Sam Jones from Hill Head
  • First Sailability: 2.4 Int 125 Nev Millard from Queen Mary Sailability

12 Class prizes were also awarded to:

  • 29er 111 Courtney Billborough and Hanna Brant, HISC 
  • D-Zero 195 Rob Lennox from Barnt Green
  • Laser 210020 Alistair Goodwin from Haversham SC
  • Laser Radial 143568 Magnus Handley from Queen Mary SC
  • Merlin Rocket 3776 Nick Craig and Toby Lewis from Frensham Pond
  • National 12 3530 Graham Camm and Zoe Ballantyne from Burghfield
  • RS Aero 7 88 Daniel Wigmore from Grafham Water
  • RS Aero 9 2162 Peter Chaplin from Burghfield
  • RS200 1642 Maria Stanley and Rob Henderson from Itchenor
  • RS400 1203 Richard Gray and Jon Dyas from Queen Mary SC
  • Solo: Solo 5491 Michael Simms from Carsington SC
  • Topper 47641 Sam Jones from Hill Head 

 The overall winners thanked the race committee and all at the club for running the race so well in challenging conditions. Provisional Resultshttp://www.queenmary.org.uk/SailResults/Open%20Racing%202017/20170107_20... Boat Tracking was used at the Bloody Mary and a full replay can be viewed following the link below.  http://www.tractrac.com/web/event-page/event_20170103_BloodyMary/951/  Queen Mary would like to thank our sponsors Sportography, Speed SIX and Thyme Lords Catering whose assistance was greatly valued in running the event.  

 

2016 Report: International 14 makes a perfect Bloody Mary

 

Near perfect conditions greeted the sailors of the 6th leg of the GJW SailJuice Winter Series as the 43rd Bloody Mary got under way at Queen Mary Sailing Club. This year attracting 274 entries in 60 classes from 123 clubs.  

The Toppers lead by William Penny and Magnus Handley started the race in a steady force 4 and held off the catching fleet but inevitably as the wind increased the RS Feva XL of Michael and Samuel Dyer took the lead coming up to the two hour mark. There was a quick lead change to the Laser of Alistair Goodwin who held off the fleet for a further half a lap. But as the wind increased further to a gusty force 5, testing the skills of many, the International 14 of Neale Jones and Ed Fitzgerald carved their way to first place with over 20 minutes to spare. It was an impressive performance for the 14s with Archie Massie and Harvey Hillary sailing though in to second to make it a one two for the 14s.The top ten had 7 different classes of boat with 217 making the finish.

  • 1st       International 14 Neale JONES and Ed FITZGERALD, ISC 
  • 2nd      International 14 Archie MASSEY and Harvey HILLARY, Itchenor Sailing Club      
  • 3rd       RS800 Peter BARTON and Chris FEIBUSCH, Lymington Town Sailing Club        
  • 4th       RS800 Ralph SINGLETON and Sophie SINGLETON, Datchet Water Sailing Club
  • 5th       Fireball Ian DOBSON and Daniel SCHIEBER, SVMC         
  • 6th       Musto Skiff Ben SCHOOLING, Datchet Water Sailing Club           
  • 7th       Merlin Rocket Roger GILBERT and James STEWART, Frensham Pond SC        
  • 8th       Fireball David HALL and Paul CONSTABLE, Blackwater SC         
  • 9th       Contender Nick NOBLE, Portishead Yacht & Sailing Club (PYSC) 
  • 10th     505 Tom GILLARD and Andy COUCH, Hayling Island sailing club 

 

  • First Lady helm was Molly Sacker in a Laser 4.7
  • First Queen Mary Helm was Rupert Bedell in a Laser Radial
  • First Grand Master was Philip Meakins in an Osprey
  • First Junior was Alex Smallwood helming a 420

Class prizes were also awarded to 12 class winners with 8 or more boats entered. Provisional Results can be found…http://www.queenmary.org.uk/SailResults/20160109_2016%20Bloody%20Mary%20Pursuit.htmBoat Tracking was used at the Bloody Mary and a full replay can be viewed following the link below… http://www.tractrac.com/web/club-page/20/Queen Mary would like to thank our sponsors Wardle Marine Services, VR Sport TV, Sportography and Thymelord Catering whose assistance was greatly valued in running the event.See you all next year.

 

 

The 2015 Bloody Mary Howler!

 This years Bloody Mary Pursuit Race started with the postponement flag flying as the fleets waited for the wind to drop. The sailors of the 5th leg of the GJW SailJuice Winter Series did not have to wait long for the 42nd  Bloody Mary to get under way at Queen Mary Sailing Club. This year attracting 235 entries in 58 classes from 101 clubs all around the British Isles and over seas from Santa Cruz YC, California, USA to a fleet of RS Aeros from Luxembourg.  Even after a violent line cold front with its associtaed wind and rain had passed, the weather treated sailors to a steady Force 5 with some tasty gusts in the 30 knot region.A humbling list of sailors graced the water, every second sailor seemed to be a world or national champion. This did not seem to deter the early starters. 

  • Of the 19 Toppers entered, 9 made it to the start and only 2 were to finish.  The early leader was William Cook (45710), overhauled by Molly Sacker (42040) after one lap, but taking the lead back when Molly retired.  By this time the leading Fevas of Iain Bird and Jake Hardman (5029) and Will and Matt Taylor (5028) were closing fast - seen to be doing 14 knots on one spinnaker reach - eventually overtaking the Toppers half way into the 150 minute race.  Half a lap further on, the Radials of Steve Cockerill (181920) and Dan Martin (203973) and the Solo of Michael Sims (5491) overtook the Fevas.  Their lead was only brief since the Fireball of Tom Gillard and Richard Anderton (15081) having had a blistering first lap overtook them at the end of the second lap, 90 minutes into the race. The 505 of Mike Holt and Tim Needham (9072) were steadily making up ground until they came up against the Contender of Stuart Jones (2465).  It took them half a lap to overtake him and get clear. 

By the finish, Tom Gillard and Richard Anderton had extended their lead, another Fireball of Dave Edwards and Vyv Townend was secure in second place, the 505 of Mike Holt and Tim Needham had climbed into 3rd place and Stuart Jones in the Contender had hung on to 4th, ahead of a chasing 505 and Fireball.  Finishing in 6th was Steve Cockerill in the Radial just ahead of William Warren and Mark Oakey in the first Merlin.  Of the other early leaders, Michael Sims in the Solo finished 10th, Will and Matt Taylor in the Feva 20th and William Cook 38th in his Topper.   

The Top 10 places were

  • 1.         Tom Gillard and Richard Anderton, Shefield Viking and HISC, Fireball 15081
  • 2.         David Edwards and Vyv Townend, Bewl Valley, Fireball 15096
  • 3.         Mike Holt and Tim Needham, Santa Cruz YC, 505 9072
  • 4.         Stuart Jones, Datchet Contender, 2465
  • 5.         Ian Pinnell and Alex Davies, HISC, 505 9136
  • 6.         Paul Allen and Adam Whitehouse, Weir Wood, Fireball 14898
  • 7.         Steve Cockerill, Stokes Bay, Radial 181920
  • 8.         William Warren and Mark Oakey, Shoreham, Merlin Rocket 3756
  • 9.         Angus Hemmings and Steve Chesney, Stokes Bay, Fireball 14791
  • 10.       Michael Sims, Carsington, Solo 5491  

  

  • First Lady helm was Courtney Bilbrough sailing with Harriet Ward, for the VR Race team in a 29er 1220.
  • First Queen Mary Helm, 11th overall and Winner of the Grand Master was Michael Hicks, sailing with his Brother Patrick for Queen Mary in a Flying 15 3900.  
  • First junior and 13th overall was Daniel Martin of Queen Mary, sailing a Laser radial 203973. Sponsored by Virtual Rigger.

Class prizes were also awarded to:

  • Laser – Cameron Tweedle, Oxford Sailing Club, 202471
  • Laser Radial – Steve Cockerill, Stokes Bay, 181920
  • RS200 – Chris Martin and Katharine Martin, Oxford Sailing Club 1540
  • RS Feva – Will Taylor and Matt Taylor, Royal Mersey YC, 5028
  • RS400 – Matt Sheahan and Ellie Sheahan, Netley, 1051
  • Topper – William Cook, HISC, 45710
  • National 12 – Jeremy Hartley and Luke Hartley, Stokes Bay, 3519
  • Merlin Rocket - William Warren and Mark Oakey, Shoreham, Merlin Rocket 3756
  • 29er – Tom Johnson and Flynn Davies, Burnham, 1221

 Matt and Ellie Sheahan in their RS400 took the Gul Spot prize for 47th place – innovative solutions keeping you warm for 47 years. The Virtual Rigger mid fleet prize went to Ollie Perry of Silver Wing in his Radial 190861. The overall winners thanked the race committee and all at the club for running the race so well in challenging conditions. Provisional Resultshttp://www.queenmary.org.uk/SailResults/20150110_2015%20Bloody%20Mary%20Pursuit.htm Boat Tracking was used at the Bloody Mary and a full replay can be viewed following the link below. Trackers were used on the leaders of the GJW SailJuice series and on known top sailors across 21 fleets, from Toppers to Musto Skiffs. Speed bragging right’s can go to Ian Pinnell and crew in their 505 hitting 19.4 knots and Stuart Jones in his Contender hitting 16.9 knots, the fastest double and single handed sailors of the bunch respectively.  http://www.tractrac.com/index.php?page=eventpage&id=356 Queen Mary would like to thank our sponsors Volvo Cars Sailing, Sportography, Virtual Rigger, 91 Consulting and Spiral Studios whose assistance was greatly valued in running the event. To those who braved the condition and had faith in the weather forecast we salute you and hope to see you all next year for another magical day. 

41st Bloody Mary 'Experience wins the day'

 

  • The Bloody Mary Pursuit Race was held for the 41st time this weekend at Queen Mary Sailing Club attracting 332 entries in 66 classes from 110 clubs all around the country.  With the latest bout of stormy weather having passed through a few days earlier, the 5th leg of the GJWDirect Sailjuice Winter Series was run in glorious sunny conditions a light breeze that was forecast to die off during the day.  
  • The Toppers, with the largest fleet of 34 entries, was led off the start by Michael O’Driscoll from Crawley Mariners. As the event unfolded an RS feva sailed by Will Taylor and George Catchpole took the lead after about an hour. The Solo of Michael Sims was closing fast with another Solo sailed by Tom Gillard right behind. The lasers lead by Craig Williamson were also in contention. With 24 minutes to go the National 12 of Graham Camm and Zoe Ballentyne took the lead which they maintained to the end. It’s a fantastic result for this super National 12 pair who can now claim to have won the Bloody Mary twice!
  • In the closing stages of the race Tom over took Michael in the Solos and two International 14’s stormed through into the top 10 as the wind stayed fresh throughout the race.

   

  • The Top 10 places were

 

  • 1. Graham Camm and Zoe Ballantyne, Burghfield, National 12
  • 2. Jon Ibbotson and Charlotte Stewart – Ranelagh SC – National 12
  • 3. Paul Bartlett and Greg Bartlett – Starcross YC – Icon
  • 4. Ben McGrane and James Hughes – Netley SC – Int. 14
  • 5. Archie Massey and Harvey Hillary – Itchenor SC – Int. 14
  • 6. Thomas Gillard – Sheffield Viking – Solo
  • 7. Craig Williamson – Staunton Harold – Laser
  • 8. Rob Cape – Thames SC – Laser
  • 9. Nick Copsey and Luke Lazell – Hunts SC – National 12
  • 10. Michael Sims – Carsington SC - Solo

  

  • First Lady helm and Laser Radial fleet prize went to Karyna Manuel, Grafham Water
  • First Queen Mary Helm was James Baxter, Laser
  • First junior was  Will Taylor, Alton Watersports, Feva
  • Winner of the Grand Master prize was Richard Marshall, Poole YC, Osprey
  • First Foiling Boat went to Moth sailor Rob Greenhalgh, Stokes Bay

   Class prizes were also awarded too  

  • 29er - Matt Venables & Curtis Mearus from Sulton
  • Merlin Rocket – Nick Craig and Toby Lewis from Frensham Ponds
  • Musto Skiff – Ben Schooling from Datchet
  • RS200 – Paul Hammett and Crew from HISC
  • RS400 – Richard Gray and Jon Dyas from Queen Mary
  • Topper – Michael O’Driscoll from Crawley Mariners.
  • Enterprise – Ann Jackson and Alan Skeens from Burghfield

 

  •  Finally in the Ultimate TracTrac Battle of ‘Topper v Moth’ there was a big prize giving cheer as the Topper won on the day. Follow the link below for Tracking replay.  http://www.tractrac.com/index.php?page=clubpage&id=20
  • Queen Mary would like to thank our sponsors Volvo Sailing, Digiquip, Sportography, Virtual Rigger, 91 Consulting and Spiral Studios whose assistance was greatly valued in running the event. The winners thanked the volunteers and staff of the Club who worked so hard to make the whole event from arrival through launching to racing such a success.

 

 

The 40th Bloody Mary, 2013 

  • Following a record advanced entry the gusting winds and chilly conditions excited more to venture out and a monster 340 boats took to the water. Officially the Virtual Rigger 40th Bloody Mary Pursuit was the largest race since 2000.
  • The crowds were entertained by great close up sailing action with the start line to the west and a gybe mark set close in shore on the east. The action was accompanied by BBC commentator Malcolm McKeag and included various interviews through out the day including a chat with the Andy Rice, organiser of the SailJuice Winter Series of which this event was the fourth leg.
  • Sixty different dinghy classes entered and the largest fleet with 31 boats were the Merlin Rockets, followed closely by 30 Toppers and 28 Laser Radials. There we 12 classes with 8 or more entries all qualifying for a class prize.
  • The Toppers led off in a gusty force 4 which progressively dropped to a force 3. This helped the Toppers keep the lead for over an hour until the chasing laser 4.7, Solo and Miracles over took them. The faster boats enjoyed the fact that an easterly wind direction provided lots of reaches where they could fly their kites. With an hour to go the wind was back up to a force 4 which also favoured the later starters.  Despite having put back the moth start by 6 minutes from last year (and by 33 minutes from 2008) with 20 mins to go the Moth sailed by Jason Belben took the lead. In the final stages there were eleven classes fighting it out for the top positions.
  • The drama of the day was not over since a sicessful protest against Jason Belben saw his result disqualified.
  • The Winner of the Bloody Mary was Rob Greenhalgh from Stokes Bay Sailing Club in an International Moth. He walked away with a £250 voucher from event sponsor Virtual Rigger and Vodka and tomato juice for a well deserved ‘Bloody Mary’ from Thymelords catering team. He was followed home by Andrew Friend of Queen Mary and Peter Barton of Royal Limington also in Moths. In 4thwere Rick Peacock and Nick Murry in a 49er, in 5th was Stuart Jones in a Contender and in 6th was Rob Watson and John Clifton in an RS800.
  • The first lady helm was Vickki Payne who came 34th overall with Stephanie Orton in a 29er. The Grand master prize went to John Cooper sailing with Becky Wiggly in an RS400. The first Junior prize went to Rob and Emma Loveridge in a 29er.
  • The winner thanked Queen Mary, Virtual Rigger Sponsors, Race team and the many volunteers on land for organising such a great event. This wrapped up a classic Bloody Mary at QMSC and the next event in the series is eagerly awaited.

 

The 39th Bloody Mary, 2012

  • The Bloody Mary Pursuit Race was run for the 39th time this weekend at Queen Mary Sailing Club started by double Olympic Gold Medallist and club member Sarah Ayton. This was also the second leg of the SailJuice Global Warm-Up series. The race again took place in decent conditions with a good breeze and double digit temperatures following six days of gale force winds which meant the day before we were still putting the club back together again. This attracted 302 entries in 63 classes from 104 clubs from as far afield as Rock.
  • 31 Toppers went off the first start in a force 4-5 breeze and led the race for two hours. Amongst the Toppers, the lead changed between Felix Crowther and Matthew Stephens with Matthew Stephens eventually pulling clear. Lasers, Solos and Fevas were in hot pursuit mid race but it was a Fireball helmed by Sam Mettam and Richard Anderton that eventually overtook them followed by a National 12 and a Merlin Rocket. Their lead did not last long since with 20 minutes to go the first foiling Moth shot past them all followed by three others and the International 14 of Sam Pascoe and Alex Knight was closing on the Fireball. With the finish boat ribs at full throttle, the Moths extended their lead till the end of the race.
  • Overall winner and also winner of the Hyde Sails Foilers Trophy was Jason Belben from Stokes Bay in an International Moth. Mike Lennon, Ricky Tagg and Peter Barton followed him home also in their Moths.
  • Winner of the Ladies Helm was Vikki Payne from Emsworth SC in a 29er. The first Queen Mary Helm was Valentin Nadyelkov in a Laser and first junior was Sam Barker in a Laser Radial from Castle Cove. Winner of the Grand Master prize was Jeremy Vines from Lymington in a National 18. Winner of the first Sailability helm was Margaret Foreman from QMSC in a 2.4m. There were 18 class prizes (for those fleets of 6 or more)
  • Prize winners walked away with a bag of goodies including vodka and tomato juice, London Sailsports vouchers for the youngsters and free subscriptions to sailjuice.com.
  • The winners thanked the volunteers and staff of the Club who worked so hard to make the whole event from arrival through launching to racing such a success.

 

The 38th Bloody Mary, 2011

  • The sailboats.co.uk Bloody Mary Pursuit Race was run for the 38th time this weekend at Queen Mary Sailing Club. This was also the second leg of the SailJuice Global Warm-Up series. For the first time in several years, the race took place in decent conditions with a good breeze and double digit temperatures following six weeks of freezing cold. This attracted 238 entries in 60 classes from 107 clubs from as far afield as Aberdeen.
  • First off were the Toppers in a force 4-5 breeze at which point the foiling Moths (who were to go off last) were looking favourites to win. After 40 minutes, the breeze had dropped to a Force 3 and a Laser 4.7 took the lead. 20 minutes later a Graduate helmed by Steve Cockerill overhauled them and held off a 3000 and two National 12s for over an hour. With 20 minutes to go an International 14 sailed by Roger Gilbert and Ben McGrane took the lead and extended it until the end of the race. Second to finish was Chips Howarth and Vyv Townend in a Fireball and close behind them was Daniel Hollands and Andrew Thompson in the 3000.
  • Winner of the Ladies Helm was Katie Russell in a Laser Radial. The Hyde Sails Foilers Trophy went to Mike Cooke in an International Moth. The first Queen Mary Helm and first junior was Callum Ellis in a 29er with his crew Will Harris. Winner of the Grand Master prize was Bob Yates from Burghfield in a Blaze. There were 20 class prizes (for those fleets of 6 or more).
  • Prize winners walked away with a bag of goodies including vodka juice and tomato juice, watches from Nautica and free subscriptions to sailjuice.com.
  • The winners thanked the volunteers and staff of the Club who worked so hard to make the whole event from arrival through launching to racing such a success.

 

The 37th Bloody Mary, 2010

  • The 37th Bloody Mary Pursuit Race took place in freezing temperatures, snow flurries and gusting northerly 25 knot winds. Cited in Yachts and Yachting as one of the top sailing 5 events in the world. Despite the appalling conditions in the week leading up to the event and on the day itself, 61 boats entered.
  • In previous years, the only classes eligible to win the main Bloody Mary Pursuit Race Trophy have been those with an RYA published Portsmouth Yardstick Number. As of the 2010 Bloody Mary, all monohull dinghies, including foilers, and those keelboat classes accepted by Queen Mary Sailing Club were eligible to win the Bloody Mary Trophy.
  • The full range of dinghies entered from a Topper to an RS600 FF. The lead was progressively taken from the Topper by a Miracle, a Laser and a Merlin.
  • With 20 minutes to go a 505 sailed by Andy Smithy and Tim Needham took the lead and retained it until the end despite an RS800 snapping at their heels. Andy and Tim from Staunton Harold Sailing Club, who had only just purchased the boat, were the successful winners of this first ever fully open Bloody Mary.
  • Winner of the Ladies Helm was Sarah Allen from Royal Southern helming an RS200 with Mark Ampleford, the Hyde Sails Foilers Trophy was Geoff Carveth in an International Moth. The first Queen Mary Helm was James Boyce sailing with Sam Tozer in an RS200.
  • Class prizes were won by Jim Downer and John Price (RS400) of Royal Victoria and Andrew Hurst (Laser) from Queen Mary.
  • Prize winners walked away with a bag of goodies including vodka juice and tomato juice, tickets for the London Boat Show, fabulous watches from Nautica and free subscriptions to sailjuice.com.
  • The winners thanked the volunteers and staff of the Club who worked so hard to make this happen in such extreme weather conditions

 

The 36th Bloody Mary, 2009

  • Freezing fog greeted competitors at this year's Bloody Mary, with poor visibility right up to the first warning signal. Many commented that the conditions were 'evil' and many boats had frozen sheets to contend with as well as frozen crews!
  • Racing got underway in light airs and the eventual winner was Andy Couch from Blythfield SC in a Phantom. Second and third places went to National 12s with Thorpe Bay YC's Kevin Isles and Jane Wade taking the runner-up spot ahead of Tony Stewart and Elizabeth Ross from Northampton.
  • Class 'B' for Queen Mary handicap boats was won by Daniel Holman in his Punk dinghy, while Class 'C' for foiling boats, was won by the International Moth of Holowell SC's Gary Ireson.

 

The 35th Bloody Mary, 2008

  • First over the line in the Bloody Mary was Graham Vials in a foiling Moth, but he's not eligible for the Bloody Mary trophy, which goes to Rob Greenhalgh and Dan Johnson in their International 14.
  • The third and fourth place boats, which were Pete Barton and Bonnie Moody in a Cherub and Jason Belben in a foiling Moth, were both also not eligible to compete in the overall results.

 

The 34th Bloody Mary, 2007

  • Grey, misty, drizzle and only a hint of some wind – that’s what greeted the competitors and spectators at Queen Mary for the annual Bloody Mary Pursuit, but 196 boats and crew raced representing 80 clubs and 50 classes, from as far afield as Hollingsworth Lake (Yorkshire) and Barbados! With light winds, loads of rain and a forecast for even less wind towards the finish, the day could favour the slower boats.
  • The cannon signalled the first start at 12 noon for the 13 Toppers, with 43749 Sam Knight from Sutton Bingham SC making an early break, followed by 40517 Dan Druce from Hawley Lake STC. The 2.4m sailed by Val Milward started 3 minutes after the Toppers, making good progress to take the lead at the second mark.
  • In the final 45 minutes, Chris Brown in his Solo took the lead from Milward, with Graham Camm and Zoe Ballantyne from Burghfield SC in their National 12 closing fast, followed by Vanda Young in the Solo. With good boat speed the National 12 of Camm and Ballantyne took the lead from Brown which they held to win the race, followed by Caroline Martin in National 12 3455, and Brown won the battle of the Solos leaving Vanda Young in fourth place. With the wind dying towards the end of the race, the asymmetrics lost out.
  • Lets hope for wind and no rain next year!

 

The 33rd Bloody Mary, 2006

  • The 2006 Bloody Mary lived up to it reputation as the country's biggest multi-class pursuit race attracting a massive 212 entries from 86 clubs in 60 classes. The largest fleet entry was from the Merlin Rockets which saw 19 entries. Competitors traveled to Queen Mary Reservoir for the day from as far afield as Aberdeen, Colwyn Bay, Norfolk and Cornwall.
  • In complete contrast to the 2005 event, the sailors were greeted with a light breeze which barely reached its forecast five knots during the whole of the event. The mirror-like conditions suited the tall rig of Martin Hunter's Thames A Rater 'Spindrift', which slowly but surely picked its way through the 212-boat fleet to win the 2006 Bloody Mary.
  • No one class dominated the top 10 with Stuart Bithel and Andy Davis in a Merlin Rocket took second and Jonathan Lewis and JT Nichol from Burghfield SC took third in an RS200. Fourth place also went to Burfield SC sailors Caroline Martin and Andy Douglas in a National 12, Caroline taking the title of first lady helm, while Nick Craig and James Stewart (Frensham Pond) in their RS400 were fifth.
  • Phil Kirk and James Askew (Frampton-on-Sea) were the first Enterprise home in sixth place. Top-placed 49er (I Martin and B McGrane, Burghfield SC) took seventh overall, while two Fireflys ‹ Alexander and Rosie Davey and S Greaves and H Farr (Rickmansworth) were eighth and ninth. Nigel Biggs and Gael Pawson (Budworth SC) in an RS200 completed the top 10.
  • The Sailability Trophy went to Val Millward from Rutland Water, whose 2.4mR led for much of the race but eventually had to settle for 28th on the water.
  • First juniors were George Savell and Jack Foster from Bough Beech SC who finished 22nd overall in an RS200 and first Grand Masters (17th overall) were Philip Chambers and Ian Peerless in an Enterprise.
  • Class prizes were also awarded, first International 14 was James Fawcett and Dave Bosnia from Hayling Island (13th overall), first Fireball was Paul Cullen and Richard Wagstaff (Weir Wood, 35th overall) and first Laser was Stephen Eggleston (48th) who was also the first Queen Mary boat.
  • The 29er class prize went to Matt and Nick Hollis from Rutland (61st), 420 winners were Tom Taylor and Ben Muskett (69th) also from Grafham Water and top Laser Radial was Joseph Wellard (89th) from Crawley Mariners.

 

The 31st Bloody Mary, 2004

  • A light breeze and grey skies greeted competitors at the classic season-opener, the Bloody Mary pursuit race at Queen Mary SC.
  • The event was won by the International 14 of James Fawcett and Dave Dobrijevic from Hayling Island SC who managed to cross the line ahead of our 49er team for the 2004 Olympics, Chris Draper and Simon Hiscocks.
  • Merlin Rockets took third (Phil and Jenny King of Bowmoor SC), fifth and sixth, with another Hayling Island International Fourteen, Andy Partington and Ben Vernieres, taking fourth.
  • Full results have been delayed by power problems at Queen Mary SC, which also caught some competitors out and left them showering in darkness. We hope to be able to post the full results by the end of today.

  

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