Big names coming to the Bloody Mary

Ian Barker should be there - if nothing else to bring back the trophy!

Friday January 5th 2001, Author: Mark Chisnell, Location: United Kingdom
A lot of big names are coming to fight it out for the Bloody Mary trophy on Saturday, 6th January. Charles Wand-Tetley, who will be commentating during the pursuit race sponsored by madforsailing, said he expected around 350 entries on the day, ranging from Cadets to 49ers. "We’ve got a forecast of moderate breeze from the west to north-west with good temperatures, so it could favour a range of boats."
Wand-Tetley told madforsailing that Ian Barker, last year’s winner and now an Olympic silver medallist, might be returning to defend his title. "We hope so, because he’s got to bring the trophy back," he said. But with his former crew Simon Hiscocks out competing in the 18-foot skiffs in Sydney, we will have to wait and see if Barker is prepared to race with someone less familiar.

Also competing in the 49er will be national champion Andy Rice and RS800 champion Mark Asquith, who has recently secured sponsorship from Tacktick. Other ‘names’ include Mike Lennon of Hydes and the RYA’s boardsailing coach Barrie Edgington in RS800s, former Laser 4000 champion Chips Howarth in an RS200, Shirley Robertson’s tune-up partner Sarah Ayton in a Laser 4000, and former B14 national champion Steve Lovegrove in a B14.

Biggest machines on the crowded waters of Queen Mary will be two Thames A-Raters. See you there!!

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