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26 Mar 2015

Pete Gray & Richard Pepperdine win the Shustoke Gauntlet

Rich And Pete

Two intrepid Staunton Harold teams ventured forth on a very cold Saturday 14th to prepare for the annual Shustoke Gauntlet race. The event which comprised two, 80 minute pursuit races, has been held on Shustoke's 100 acre reservoir annually since 1999.  

Pete Gray and Richard Pepperdine arrived early, boat rigged, rig tension set, Lark spinnaker rigged on a Scorpion. What? Yes, Pete in his haste and enthusiasm got his kites mixed and brought the wrong one. Team 2, Nigel and Diana Pepperdine, arrived only to be faced with grey skies and rapidly dropping temperatures on what had been forecast to be a perfect 10 knot breeze. With the wind rapidly cycling Diana decided it would really be unfair if a much younger sailor was not encouraged to develop her skills so Rachael Rhodes was called to make haste to the club, and Diana kindly stepped aside! 

Now to racing, non class spinnaker Gray and Pepperdine still excelled and came something like 4th in the first race. The other squad did not do so well. Still, after lunch things got better. The wind increased and micro kite and his mate truly showed their mettle. Steadily pulling through the fleet and with only 10 to 15 minutes of the race remaining mini spinny took the lead and went on to win the second race.
The win ensured that, Peter and Richard finsihed first overall - winning the tophy, whilst Nigel and Rachael finished 11th. Well done to both our teams!