Event Reports

It is important for the class profile that we regularly and promptly send out reports of Osprey Class Open Meetings and other sailing events in which Osprey owners compete.

The order for report writing of an Osprey Class Open Meeting or a mixed classes regatta is:

Highest placed Osprey Class committee member writes the report        
Whoever is third overall in the Osprey Class writes the report                            
If less than 3 Ospreys participating in the event then the last placed Osprey crew to write the report.   
Reports are always welcome from others as well, it gives an additional perspective of the racing.

The report to be submitted preferably with a photograph or two of the sailing & the results by the Tuesday after the event. That gives a chance of the report being used by Yachts & Yachting magazine as well as https://www.yachtsandyachting.com. The guidelines for how it is done are at https://www.yachtsandyachting.com/…/Guidelines-for-submitti…

You should also copy the report, photographs & results to Huw, and do some blogs on Facebook. Be sure to ask at the host club to find out if photos are available. If not, Angela Mamwell often has photos. Taking a photograph of the results sheet on your phone and posting it on Facebook during the weekend is also good - please check it is a readable image before posting. Facebook is good for internal communication within the class, but we need https://www.yachtsandyachting.com/ and our website for external comm, in the hope of attracting new people to the class.

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The following report appeared in The Cornishman newspaper dated Thursday August 20th 1970

Matthews is Champion by 2 seconds after 14 miles and 2¼ hours.

An exciting finale to the Osprey National Championships in Mounts Bay on Friday retained the title for the local club. John Matthews, sailing the Hon. John St. Aubyn’s boat The Susan, with Ray Jebbett as crew, won the trophy after a tremendous battle with his rival, Ken Robertson.

At the start of this final day, with one points race to come Matthews – winner in ‘68 – led by a quarter point on the overall ratings from the current champion Robertson of Wadebridge.

Robertson, three-times champion and a builder of these craft was sailing the The Other Mans Grass that won him the Boat of the Show award at the National Boat Show this year.

It was clear this was going to provide thrills galore.

The interest focused on this duel, with Matthews of Penzance coming home in second place just two seconds ahead of Robertson after a 14-mile course and 2¼ hours sailing.

The Osprey trophies were presented by the Mounts Bay Sailing Club Commodore, Lord St Levan at Lands End Hotel that evening. A total of 115 boats, a record, took part in the championships.

The lead changed several times in this final race with Robertson ahead early on, but Matthews taking over by a boat-length as they went into the last one-mile beat.

Neither of them won this race – this went to Tony Powell from the River Towey club – but their personal was the all-consuming issue, and the final stage again brought a change in leadership before Matthews took the slender verdict by the two-second margin.

These were the only two Mounts Bay members in the top six overall, and the nearest to them came with joint-tenth ratings by James Curnow in Zephyrus and Ian Roxborough in Nicola IV.

Overall Results


A poem penned Vicky Robertson wife of Ken Robertson as a view of the National Championship

“Peculiarities of Osprey Helmsmen – Mounts Bay 1970”

The helmsmen came from far, near and wide

Traveling towards Cornish countryside

Eager to reach that beautiful bay

Rig up their boats and sail away


The weather was good, it tried to blow hard

Light weather helms were on their guard

But they needn’t have feared, it turned quite light

Results were wide open by Thursday night


Sunday and Monday was great fun for two

Our friends Donald and Peter Agnew

But the two of them had an air of gloom

For they suffered the fate of a broken boom


I almost forgot another great boy

Who goes by the name of Neville Noye

He to broke a boom in this blowy race

And that was the downfall of Mount Bay’s ace


He rose from his sick bed and gallantly tried

But twas clear by Wednesday that his chances would slide

So then he relaxed and turned off the heat

Retired on Friday to watch the last beat


I’ll bet a sixpence no one would think

That James would be beaten home fro a drink

But David had used Mebyon’s old sails

Which just goes to prove that they’ll stand some more gales


There really should be a prize for our Rex

He just cannot stay with his rump on the decks

Each day he capsized as he touched the beach

When to unhook is what Ian should teach


Ken Cattran proved to be quite a dark horse

Wednesday showed he could sail a good course

Thursday he boobed after taking great risk

Found he was fourth but with no safety disk


“Swan song” for the week was Vernon May

They put a wreck notice on his boat one day

On Friday he made an excellent start

And though he was first to the Windward mark


“Schhh – You know who” milled around on the line

Decide the weather was really quite fine

A quick spot of fishing thought Sid with glee

And sure enough caught a big mackerel for tea


To all who have helped make it such a success

There must have been dozens – I really can’t guess

We thank you and say we’ll come back once more

But “The Other Man’s Grass” needs a blow of force four


John and Raymond are the boys to watch

On “The Susan” there’s another winning notch

Kings of the class both helm and crew

We wish lots more luck to both of you