Sheba, SHE 31


Skippered by Leon Clifton

RLYC Cowes Classic Regatta

S&S Association Global Regatta runners up

SHE31 Sheba won 4 out of the 5 days. One year ago Sheba was languishing in a boat yard in Suffolk. Owners Leon Clifton and Joe Iliffe bought her to Cowes and started the frustrating process of a complete refit and modernisation of systems. IOW is not known for speedy efficient boat building. It was worth it in the end as just got the work done in time to enter the Cowes Classic. We did have a very experienced helm in James Mehew and some local young talent to jump around as we are not spring chickens. Event the adjusted time difference on one day of 25 min in a 2 and half hour race was done with borrowed spinnaker that was 10 sq meters smaller than normal.

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Custom S&S Sloop design 2058

Skippered by Thierry Laffitte

Les voiles de Saint-Tropez

Every late summer, the breath of passion revives the famous Var harbor in the prospect of a week of exception. In 2018, the appointment of the Voiles de Saint-Tropez celebration for the 20th time the combination of traditional yachts with boats of the third millennium. More than 300 boats up to 50 meters are racing Each Day in the Gulf of St. Tropez from last September weekend.

Thiery writes: “There were 4 races run on a weeks in the gulf of Saint Tropez.  I have added the time differences  between Sagittarius (1 2 1&1) and Stiren, another S&S boat, design n° 1358 who was second in our Class, and who won the second race, Second in class after the week.”

In the combined results of the four races Sagittarius won with a margin of 6.73% on adjusted time.  

Golden Fleece

Custom S&S Sloop design 2122-C

Skippered by Michael Wheeler

Houghton Cup

The Houghton Cup is a 35 mile race starting and finishing in Burnham On Crouch and organised by the East Anglian Offshore Racing Association (EAORA). The start was to windward in light to moderate airs tacking out of the River Crouch for 17 miles against an adverse tide out to Wallet No. 4 buoy in the Thames Estuary, after which it was a downwind spinnaker run all the way back to the finish off the Royal Burnham Yacht Club line. 'Golden Fleece' finished 18mins 44secs ahead of the second yacht 'Woozle Hunter' on elapsed time and 4mins 18secs on corrected time to take line honours, 1st in class and 1st overall.

In addition Golden Flecee also managed to achieve an overall win in the Buckley Goblets race:

The Buckley Goblets is a 90 mile offshore race from West Mersea to Ostende organised by the East Anglian Offshore Racing Association (EAORA). It was a downwind start in brisk winds building to 26 kts with gusts over 30 kts. The course was from West Mersea out to NE Gunfleet, Long Sand Head and across the North Sea to Ostende which 'Golden Fleece' completed in less than 11.5 hrs at an average speed of 7.8 kts with a maximum recorded speed down waves of 13.4 kts. There were 6 boats in the race and 'Golden Fleece' finished 7m 18s ahead of the 2nd boat to finish on corrected time to take 1st in class and 1st overall.

Two impressive performances, however this is the year where overnight races take precedence and therefore none of these results can qualify for the Challenge Cup this year.