|From L to R: Julian Bowes (crew) and Timothy Bowes (skipper) take SR A7 Commodore’s Cup.|
Oriental, NC – Sept. 9, 2017 Timothy Bowes (skipper) and his brother Julian Bowes (crew) from Ship 16 took first place in the SR A7 Commodore’s Cup regatta held on the Neuse River near Pamilco Sound off the coast of North Carolina. Seven teams from five ships launched their FJs under partly cloudy skies with gusty NE winds at 12-18 knots and a moderate chop on the river. After more than one boat capsized on the way to the course, the committee decided to move the location further inland and use the morning for practice races. In the afternoon seven races were successfully completed by six teams. One team reluctantly but wisely withdrew from the competition following an injury. Erica Walker and Nathan Duigid, Ship 1810 earned second place while their ship mates Gavin Best and Melody Talicuran also of Ship 1810 captured third place.
The event organization and logistical support was provided by Ship 244 of Cary, NC. Race day breakfast and lunch was prepared for all by the marvelous volunteer crew of scouters and parents who were no longer strangers after assembling 88 bag lunch sandwiches in 40 minutes!
Special thanks to Jim Edwards of the Bow To Stern Boating Center for providing the committee and safety boats, the FJs with new sails, for serving as Race Officer and for sharing your expertise and love of sailing with the Sea Scouts of Southern Region Area 7.
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