The recent Governor’s Cup J22 regatta was a great success.
Luckily the wind was not as light as forecast, it did not rain (for the first time for a few years) and they had the Governor Duncan Taylor himself there to start the first race.
The Governor’s Cup on 15 and 16 October marks the start of the new sailing season after the long summer break and is always hotly contested. Nine boats were out on the water in near perfect conditions to compete over two days.
Saturday saw three races run with the Governor Taylor starting the event. Just Leaving won all three races on the first day. Behind them Scaramanga, Ciao, Mayhem and Moonstruck were all challenging. The Youth team skippered by Pablo Bertran were having some good starts and doing well upwind but were hampered by having no spinnaker for the downwind legs.
Saturday night food and entertainment was provided by Eduardo Bernal with a Uruguayan Asado which had to be seen to be believed. The crew of Just Leaving must have overindulged more than most as their supremacy was challenged on the Sunday, first by Jane Moon and Ciao and then by Andrew Moon and Moonstruck who won the final two races. It wasn’t enough though and Just Leaving took the championship by a healthy margin. the Moons came second and third respectively.
Mike Farrington, skipper of Just Leaving said: “Obviously having had a great result in the J22 worlds in France this summer we were keen to come home and do well. We had a different person on the bow but we have sailed together before and we know the boat”. This is the fourth year in a row that Farrington and his team have taken the cup.