SAILING: Grantham’s Millward masters high winds to win Ice Tankard

Val Millward masters the choppy conditions.

Val Millward masters the choppy conditions.

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Grantham sailor Val Millward overcame adverse conditions to triumph in the Ice Tankard Trophy at Hollowell Sailor Club, near Northampton, last weekend.

She mastered the exceptionally strong winds in her Challenger ‘Red Jester’ trimaran and won the first of the three races, finishing third on the water but five minutes ahead on handicap.

Catamarans and mono-hulls capsized frequently in the difficult weather but Val, although stalling occasionally, just kept going faster.

She continued to dominate in the remaining two races, clear ahead on the water in both to take an impressive victory.