Hewitt dynasty rake up 1-2-3 in 2015 Grassholme Cup

Posted on August 31, 2015 12:00 am


Hewitt dynasty rake up 1-2-3 in 2015 Grassholme Cup

The Grassholme Cup may sound like a track on a Jethro Tull album, but it’s origins were less earthy.

Back in 1988 Teesdale Sailing Club was based on Selset Reservoir, but urgent engineering works meant a temporary move to the smaller water of Grassholme. As a gesture Northumbian Water agreed to sponsor an annual regatta, the Grassholme Cup.

The event is held at the ‘best’ time of the year and is always well supported by members, and usually keenly fought. Sunday was no exception.

Consistent force twos failed to raise much spray but a dozen boats launched into the bright sunshine where technical skills were more important than the grunt with which last week’s winner excelled. As it happened, last week’s winner, along with previous victor Tony Merry, had unavoidable social engagements which precluded participation.

Four races constitute the regatta, closely fought with loads of shouting ‘starboard’ (‘my right of way’ in sailoligy), a few near collisions and remarkably few bad tempers.

When the final results were posted (spookily by the winner!) the Hewitt dynasty raked up first second and third for father, son one and son two.

Powering into fourth place was Keith in his shiny new Miracle, first time out and storming back from last place in the first race. I believe Keith has contested this cup since 1988! Newcomer Lee crewed for Commodore Paul, bringing his ancient GP14 into a creditable fifth place.

Club Secretary ChrisB is still recovering from illness and spent the day glued to his viewfinder to provide more brilliant images for the website gallery, over which so many of us will drool in our retirement.

Speaking of which, retired member Dave returned to shepherd learner Poppy in a Oppie who will, very soon I think, feature on the Grassholme Cup plaque.

A really good day I am told. But as good as Sylvia’s Roast Beef and Yorkshires?

Chris Dauber