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Race Title: Harvest Bowl Location:
River Bure Race Date: 21 September 2019
Officer of the Day: P Altarelli Timekeepers: S Altarelli
No. of Entries: 7 Overall Regatta Result:
1st: Jeff Harteveldt and John Thompson in Déjà Vu
2nd: Peter Coleman and Maggie Lomax in Quartet
3rd: Nigel Wordingham and Ray Segon in Cho Cho San
Other boats racing: My Weigh, ZigZag, Giselle, Chariot With strong F4 SSE winds gusting to at least F5, seven intrepid crew lined up for the 2019 Harvest Bowl, with Strega, Committee boat for the day, setting the line and course for the first start at 11:30 from Oby Wind-pump. Weather cloudy with occasional sun bursts; water calm but a strong incoming tide at the finish.
Single handed Chariot, caught on a lee shore, came out of the reeds astern seconds short of the start, putting My Weigh about and both boats on the course side of the line, with Chariot going backwards. Giselle was off well 10 minutes later with ZigZag chasing. At ten-minute intervals first Quartet, then Cho Cho San and Déjà Vu left without incident, Déjà Vu made the best start only 10 seconds late; good going with the wind astern! My Weigh, ZigZag and Déjà Vu opted to tackle the Thurne buoy first. In the light flood this proved advantageous as Déjà Vu gained time on Quartet and Cho Cho San (double-reefed) who went to the Bure first, eventually finishing in 2nd and 3rd places behind Déjà Vu in 1st. In a race notable for its exhausting, gusty beating and running, the first boat home was Quartet at 13.20.28 closely followed by Zig Zag, who with Giselle had spent 10 minutes extricating herself from a muddy reed bank in the notorious, into-the-tide wind-shadow opposite Oby Wind-pump, known locally as the Black Mill. They were not the only boats to struggle there, but the 800 skippers benefited from their experience, skill and perhaps superior momentum.
The race, dedicated to Founder Members Pearl and Ron Highcock has, since its inception 32 years ago, been overseen by members of the family, this year, Pio and Sue Altarelli, ending with the traditional mulled wine and cake. Many thanks also to Margaret Harteveldt and Maggie Lomax for their cakes and Bob and Judy Jarvey and Mike and Julia Morcher for additional support. All concerned had a thoroughly enjoyable day and thanked Pio and Sue warmly. Report by OOD Pio Altarelli and Timekeeper Sue Altarelli