2021 Tall Ships Held January 9
It was a beautiful day for the 46th running of Tall Ships. A calm misty morning gave way to a cloudy day with light northerlies in the afternoon. Turnout was a little down on the previous record year, but hardly surprising after the year of such turmoil, we’ve all endured since then. The event ran smoothly from the briefing in the morning, to the sailing itself, the prize-giving, the hangi and all the way through to the party in the marquee still raging in the small hours. As usual this day was all about challenging ourselves on the water and having fun on sea and land.
A huge thanks must go out to all our volunteers. It’s only by their efforts year after year that this event happens at all and this time they were all superb as usual.
Also we thank our spot prize sponsors, Burnsco and BOI Marina Haulout, for the prizes they provided.
- Zindabar took out the double in Tall Ships winning on handicap and also being first across the finish line.
- Sé Swalker second on handicap
- Saskia third.
- Slipstream first on handicap. (Northerner was first across the line.)
- Shanty second on handicap
- Renown third
Zeke Patterson Memorial Trophy for the for the first gaff-rigged boat went to Shanty
Joe Cotton Memorial Trophy for the first timber boat went to Renown.
We don’t provide handicap results for the All-Comers since their event was invented as a way for all kinds of other boats to support and spectate the Tall ships and Classics. However, we can’t help mentioning that first across the line was the magnificent local catamaran Apache. Apache had a good tussle with second-placed Arethusa, an equally impressive “Gunboat 60” racing catamaran, reputed to be one of the fastest of its class in the world. These two made a great spectacle as they bore down to the finish line, close together all the way.