(Thanks for this contribution to Richard, skipper of the Renegade team.) Mike Morse and his team of professional cyclists and instructors managed to pip the rest of the fleet to be the champion boat in the first Robert Mallasch Memorial J/22 series (Montego Bay, Jamaica). Mallasch’s widow, Norma, not one for sailing, graced everyone with her presence for the prize giving; it was great to see her. It was a very fitting win for AYAHSO, as not only had Mike organized the race, the prizes (donated by John McConnell before his recent passing, rest his soul), but also he did it on Bob Mallasch’s old boat that he had steadfastly crewed on up until Bob’s death this time last year. A fitting tribute Mike, well done from all of us! The racing was held over two weekends with three races per day (because Bob didn’t like to have more than that!). The series was well supported, with two teams from Kingston driving the 120 miles each way to make the fleet up to a respectful seven boats. The racing was just how Bob would have liked, quiet on the first weekend and blowing dogs off chains on the second. In fact, the winds were powerful enough on the second day to allow moments of upwind brilliance for some teams to be outstripped by “shrimping,” “diving,” “anchoring” and throwing the race all in one move. Well done J/22 TSUNAMI, the only instance this writer is aware of when having put the mast in the water and lost some crew overboard, one of the said crew was then run over by the sideways moving hull and popped up between the keel and the rudder with a vaguely anxious look! Bob is missed for his enthusiasm and for creating the glue that FORCED all of the skippers to come and sail an event, even if they thought they might have an excuse. He would always call every Thursday before a weekend and remind everyone of a pending event and have a quick chat about any hilarious exploit that came to mind. He was a true sportsman, always loving, generous and rule abiding. If only there were more like him! A huge “thank you” to the Race Committee Bryan and Lyn Langford for their rules, their interpretation of the rules and, most importantly, for Bob’s Beer and the many fond memories. And, a tremendous “thanks” to all the competitors: Zipper (Peter Harper), Nina (Stephen Dear), Tsunami (Scott Clarke), Awesome (Steven Cooke), Defender (Nigel Knows, our Commodore), Ayahso (Michael Morse) and Renegade (Richard Hamilton). For more Robert Mallasch Memorial J/22 Series information, click here.

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