Speed Sails celebrates 20 years

And Richard Estaugh wants to win the Enterprise world title he last won ten years ago, reports Andy Rice

Thursday February 1st 2001, Author: Andy Rice, Location: United Kingdom
Richard Estaugh is planning a 20th birthday bash for his business, Speed Sails, on 24 February. "We're going to have a pursuit race at Chase Sailing Club, and then a party in the evening," he told madforsailing.

The event is open to all boats with PY numbers between a Cadet and a 29er. It will all start at 13:30pm with the race and will then be followed by a curry and party in the evening. The entry and evening party is free and open to everybody. There will be prizes for the first ten boats and a few special prizes in the evening.

He also outlined his own sailing plans for the coming season. "I'm getting back into the Merlin Rocket this year. I won it seven years ago, and haven't sailed one since but I'm getting my own boat this time round, one of the Winders that seem very popular now. They've really helped revive the class, I think." Estaugh will be sailing with Andy Hateley.

And it is ten years since Estaugh last won the Enterprise Worlds in Looe, and after a string of seconds and thirds, he is determined to bring the cup back to Speed Sails with crewman Peter Rowley. With the event back in Looe, he feels confident of being able to break his string of near misses.

Estaugh is also planning on competing at the Fireball worlds in Italy with Simon Potts this summer, although he will have his work cut out trying to beat his own employee, reigning European champion Stevie Morrison.

Anyone interested in competing at the 20th anniversary race can contact Speed Sails on 01922 455503.

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