First-timers lift Lord Birkett Trophy

Date: Friday 12th July 2019

LORD Birkett Memorial Trophy race debutants Peter Gray, Simon Forbes and Sam Jones, from Staunton Harold Sailing Club, near Derby, took the honours in the famous Ullswater Yacht Club race, held at the weekend.

The team — sailing a National 18 — had never entered the race before and now, for the first time, there will be three names on the sought-after silver salver as a three-person dinghy has never won since the Birkett was established in 1963.

The weekend was dominated by very light, unstable winds, making for frustrating sailing conditions for the 230 boats taking part. However, the successful trio managed to stay ahead in the results, winning overall with two firsts on handicap.

• Full report and more pictures in tomorrow's paper.