Rocket Royalty for Snowflake Opener 
Merlin Rocket Royalty in the form of a brace of Warrens and the 2015 Sailor of the Year Nick Craig joined the Fast Handicap Fleet for the opening day of the 39th edition of Chichester Yacht Club’s Snowflake Series on Jaunary the 4th. Remarkably, at least three (and possibly four) of the protagonists at this year’s event took part in the inaugural event back in 1976. In the first race of the day the Merlins dominated with the Frensham pair Nick Craig and Alan Roberts taking the spoils over Shoreham’s Sophie Mackley & James Warrren with William Warren and Mark Oakley in third.

Meanwhile, in the Medium fleet Hayling’s James & Anne Gardiner having swopped their RS400 for a Graduate while Anne recovers from shoulder surgery claimed the top spot over CYC’s Lucy Boreham in her Europe with the home club’s Charlie Porter in third. In the slow fleet it was the clash of the Mirrors with Sally Lorimer and Pippa Jones from Warsash taking the honours of over Itchenor’s Archie & Will Grant with CYC’s Isabel Porter in third.

A shifting and faltering wind together with technical difficulties forced Race Officer Nick Colborne to delay the start of the second race. But once away the Fast fleet was dominated by Craig & Roberts although this time the Merlin stranglehold was broken with Hayling’s David and Fiona Sayce taking second in their Fireball with Mackley and Warren displaced to third.

In the Medium fleet second race it paid to be sailing a Solo the top spot was a duel between two of the 1976 originals Nick Peters from Hayling and CYC’s Mark Harper with the former taking the laurels while Felpham’s Guy Mayger came in third. In the Slow fleet, the cold weather and delay took its toll on the fleet and it ended up a Mirror match race the Grants victorious over Lorimer and Jones.


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