The Royal Northern & Clyde Yacht Club (RNCYC) sailed to victory over the Royal Thames Yacht Club and the Royal St George Yacht club in a three-boat team racing challenge.
The 2018 Millennium Bowl was hosted by RNCYC over the weekend of 28-29 April 2018, with the English and Irish teams travelling to sail in the club’s fleet of one design Sonar keelboats on the East Patch off Helensburgh Pier.
The Millennium Bowl is a biennial three-boat team-racing competition between the Royal Thames Yacht Club (RTYC – London / Cowes), the Royal St. George Yacht Club (RStGYC - Dún Laoghaire) and the Royal Northern & Clyde Yacht Club (RNCYC). The cumulative age of the team boat crew of four must be 160 years with an opposite gender requirement also providing for a senior more social
Conditions proved light for the first day of racing, and a challenge for the race committee, headed up by Johnny Readman. At the close of racing on Saturday, the RNCYC home team had three wins and one loss after one round robin, tied with the Royal St George and all to play for on the Sunday.
Sunday provided even lighter conditions and frustration to the race committee and sailors alike. The first race was abandoned being out of time and the subsequent racing was conducted in zephyrs taxing the concentration of crews. The draw between RNCYC and Royal St George continued in the teams’ face-off of the second round robin, but RNCYC team was able to utilise their light weather skills and win a final race against the Thames team for six wins from the series.
Rear Commodore (Sailing) Nicole McPherson captained RNCYC to victory over the course of the two days, giving the RNCYC the individual trophy triumphs against both visiting clubs, as well as bringing the Millennium Bowl back to Rhu.
The next event will be hosted by the Royal Thames Yacht Club at the Queen Mary reservoir inLondon.
A race report from the perspective of Royal St. George Yacht Club is available here.
OVERALL WINNER: RNCYC