To celebrate the fiftieth annual race the Pin Mill Barge Match held a Parade of Sail the day before. The Edith May, back in the race after 19 years away, and the Repertor proudly flew impressive numbers of winning pennants.
Also motoring against the head wind was the Cygnet, Melissa, Ardwina, Thistle, Victor and Kitty while the Edme turned up, against the wind.
At Ipswich Geoff Gransden was given a trophy for ‘Excellence’ for spending over ten years rebuilding the Edith May. The Edith May was originally built at Harwich in 1906 and became a motor barge until 1961 when Vernon Harvey had her rigged out for sailing again. In the 1970s, under skipper Jack Spitty she won most of the races. She then became a museum ship at Liverpool, but was returned to Maldon in 1987.
In the Pin Mill Barge Match on June 25 there was a westerly force 5-6 wind and the three bowsprit barges started with the Edme, setting a large jib tops’l, storming off down the River Orwell to take the lead. The course was shortened off Harwich and the Edme dropped her tops’l and ran back to win this class, followed by Mirosa and May.
In the fast stays’l class, all steel hulled, the Repertor was first across the finishing line below the Pin Mill moorings. Closely followed by Melissa and then the Reminder, while the Wyvenhoe retired at sea.
The Victor did some good sailing to win the slower stays’l class with Edith May just behind her. The small barge Cygnet was awarded a prize for the best start, but didn’t go outside Harwich and the Ardwina had the misfortune to go onto the mud just below the finishing line.
More on this and other news in Sea Breezes Magazine - September 2011 Issue
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