“Talking Sailing” From My Archives. 1985 Vasco Photo-Finish

1985 Vasco. The IOR winner on handicap was Spirit of Appletiser (foreground) beaten in a neck-and-neck finish in East London after 260 nautical miles of Ocean Racing. Shaya Moya took line honours – just. This was probably the closest finish for line honours ever. pic by Mike Rushworth

by Richard Crockett

It’s rare that one sees a photo-finish in a coastal ocean race, but just 13 seconds separated Brian Tocknell’s ‘Shaya Moya’ from Chris Bonnet’s ‘Spirit of Appletiser’ on the finish line.

Bonnet however snatched the handicap honours from Tocknell – so the honours were shared equally as Tocknell was second on handicap.

The SAILING Mag report opened with the following:
“Unlike last year’s event which will be referred to for many years to come because of the extremely abnormal conditions, and the tragic loss of ‘Rubicon’ and its crew, this year’s race provided competitors with fantastic sailing conditions.

“In fact, so good were the conditions, that some of the ‘not so good performances’ could be attributed to the fact that skipper and crew alike took advantage of the light winds and flat seas to relax and forget about life ashore. Sadly for some, this lapse out of top racing gear into cruising ‘mode’ put some of the pre-race favourites out of contention.”


Pages from 1985 06 – SAILING Magazine – OCR

Pages from 1985 06 – SA Yachting – OCR

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