|Bullit with a solid lead during racing on day 2 of the Coutts Quarter Ton Cup 2015|
|Blackfun - secured her best ever result in the Quarter Ton Cup series with a second overall|
|Bullit leads the fleet downwind on day 3|
In the Corinthian Division for all amateur crews Pierre Paris's Penguin Playboy, crewed by Raphael Paris, Amme Lienhardt, Batile Geran and Nicolas Guillon, put in another great day to add three firsts and a fifth to their scorecard and claim Corinthian victory by six points from Paul Gibbon's Anchor Challenge with Robbie Stewart's Enigma taking third. This was the second time that Pierre and Pinguin Playboy have engraved their name on the Corinthian Trophy, the first being in 2013.
|Pinguin Playboy took out the Corinthian Trophy|
|The Everitt design Magnum Evolution|
The Coutts Quarter Ton Cup prize givings are famous for featuring some very special prizes alongside the main trophies. The Marineware Trophy for the Concours D'elegance was this year awarded to Rickard Melander's Alice II, which underwent a major refit this winter and is looking quite stunning. The prize for the oldest crew once again went to Jim and George Webb's Flashheart with a combined age of 264, while the youngest crew award went to Olivia Dowling's Catch with a combined age of just 152. The Oldest Bowman trophy was awarded to 50 year old John Paxman of Panic. A Whiskers Special Award was presented by Lincoln Reading to the boat which had seen the most improvement in their results from last year to this and was won by Richard Fleck's Per Elisa who finished seventh overall, up eleven places from 2014.
The Kemp Plate, which is presented in memory of Stephen Kemp who was responsible for bringing Coutts to the Quarter Ton Cup and who sadly lost his battle with cancer two years ago, does not have a specific purpose, but rather it finds its winner organically each year rather in the manner of Harry Potter's sorting hat. This year the Kemp Plate was presented to Matt Haslam of Blackfun for a truly outstanding achievement. Peter Morton explained that Matt had been so engrossed in his mobile phone that when he reached the bottom of the pontoon ramp at Cowes Yacht Haven on his way to the boat he failed to turn either left or right, and instead walked straight off the end of the dock, much to the amusement of the assembled fleet.
And finally came the presentation of the Coutts Quarter Ton Cup to Louise and her crew. Having paid tribute to the Bullit crew's achievement in general and to Louise in particular for her second win, Peter then jokingly asked for his boat back (he won the 2014 event in Bullit before gifting it to Louise last winter). In her acceptance speech Louise reiterated her husband's praise for the race committee, thanked her fellow competitors for a fantastic regatta, thanked Tom Dodson for "Risking his reputation to sail with us," praised her crew for their incredible support and commitment and wryly thanked Morty for the boat.
And so the sun has set on another Coutts Quarter Ton Cup. Full results, photos, video and blog updates from the event are available at the Quarter Ton Blog, and further information about the class can be found at www.quartertonclass.org.
Overall Top Five Results
1. FRA7891 Bullit - Louise Morton - 1,2,(3),1,2,1,1,1 = 9
2. NZL3311 Blackfun - Tony Hayward - (12),1,1,8,1,2.5,7,4 = 24.5
3. GBR7259Y Magnum Evolution - Eric Reynolds - (8).5,6,2,4.5,2.5,8,2 = 29
4. GBR8481R Aguila - Sam Laidlaw - 4,4,7,23,5,4,(8) = 29
5. GBR7557 Tiger - Peter Morton - 5,6,8,(9),5,8,2,3 = 38