SAILING: Grantham’s Val performs well at windy Rutland Water

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Disabled sailor Val Millward took part in the prestigious John Merricks Tiger Trophy event at Rutland Sailing Club over the wekend.

The conditions were extremely windy, particularly on Saturday when it was only possible to run one of the scheduled races. The Sunday pursuit race went ahead as planned but even then it was very windy. There were 165 boats entered but not all actually took to the water, such were the trying conditions.

Val Millward finished 17th over the two-day event and was the first lady helm, receiving the Lady Tiger Trophy for the second time. She recorded a maximum speed of 12.6 knots on Sunday although she said she may have gone even faster on Saturday.

Val said: “It was like being inside a washing machine during Saturday’s race at times. The waves were tossing the boat about that much that it made you feel quite seasick.”

The John Merricks Tiger Trophy is part of the winter Sailjuice series of events. There are eight venues and sailors count their best four results.

Val was only able to sail four of the events and her results from the other three were not good as there had been little to no wind, so last weekend’s 17th place has helped improve her overall result for the whole series.