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Bee Sharp Lives Up To Name With Yachting Success

Nine Gallon Barrel Race - Competitors waiting to cross the start line

Published at 10:41am 1st October 2019.

‘Bee Sharp’ is the winner of Scarborough Yacht Club’s 66th Annual Nine Gallon Barrel Race, held last Saturday. 

In 1953, Russell’s Brewery agreed to sponsored this race annually by donating a nine gallon beer keg to celebrate the event.

With their departure from the scene, Daleside Brewery continued the tradition, and today’s race was won by Jimmy and David Cliff, co-owners of Bee Sharp.

In fine conditions and a variable 10 – 20 knot wind, twelve competitors took part in today’s race which saw fast sailing speeds, and wind gusts keeping the crews busy.

The race was a Pursuit, which means a staggered start based on a yacht’s handicap.  All yachts completed the one-course circuit without incident.  

Commenting after the race, Jimmy Cliff put their win down to a good strategy and the Bee Sharp team working closely together.

Results were:

            1st –  Bee Sharp, a Sonata owned by Jimmy and David Cliff

            2nd – A Grand Day Out, a 707 owned by Steve Bramham and Richard Littlewood

            3rd – Vado, an Aphrodite 29 owned by Steve and Win Russell

            4th – Ruffian, a Sigma 36, skippered by Emma Nutt


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