Ritchie Bailey nails yet another start Pic © Mark Green 2015
Competitors at this year’s Snowflake series have been in Goldilocks mode for the series thus far with either too much breeze or not enough with the weather gods leaving it until the final day to serve up conditions that were “just right” with the warmest day of the year and a pukka force 3-4 from the southwest. Race Officer Andy Conway sent the fleets around a modified “M” pattern course that delivered a good mix of legs. For the Fast Fleet the battle for the series chocolates was a close one with the top three places separated by just 4 points.
From the gun the rest of the fleet were shown a clean pair of heels by Fireballs of series leaders David Sayce with a subbed in crew deputising for Fiona and CYC’s Andy Palmer-Felgate and Richard Anderton revelling in the “perfect for meatballing” conditions. Meanwhile, some solid sailing by Hayling’s Paddy Gamble & Anna Patient in their RS200 always kept the pressure on the Fireballs for the corrected time result. And indeed when the dust settled that’s the way it ended with Palmer-Felgate and Anderton first, Sayce second and Gamble & Patient 3rd.
The Medium Fleet were keen to get their race started perhaps a little too keen forcing a general recall. They managed to get away for the second time of asking with Emsworth’s Ritchie Bailey nailing the pin end set up yet another dominating performance challenged as ever for the top handicap spot by Felpham’s Guy Mayger in his Solo, with the next five boats through the line only separated by 27 seconds CYC’s Ian Payne coming through to clinch third.
The Slow Fleet Sally Lorimer & Pippa Jones from Warsash once again demonstrated their command over the Slow Fleet taking victory over Emsworth’s Alexandra Sosens & Julia Martin. The final race of the day and the series saw Lorimer & Jones secure the series win just one point over a perfect net points. Sosens & Martin again taking second place over club mates Georgina Cosena & Bella Coote who’s third was good enough to give them second place in the overall standings.
Meanwhile, the Medium Fleet squared up for another hotly contested race with less than a minute separating the top three boats on corrected time, Bailey once again taking first this time over club mates Jonathan Townsend & Barbara Langford in their 2000 in second and CYC’s Lucy Boreham in third.
Although his second in race nine was good enough to deliver the series to David Sayce he closed out in style with a victory over Gamble & Patient in second and Hamble River’s Nick Creek in his Blaze in third.
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