In the 6 boat fast fleet, Andy Palmer-Felgate and Rich Anderson of CYC in their Fireball showed the rest how a “horizon job” should look, crossing the line 7 minutes clear after a one hour race. Second on the water in the RS 400, but 3rd on handicap, were Rob Corfield and Chris Campbell of Dell Quay SC. 3rd over the line were Olivia Winther and Hattie Culver (CYC) in their RS200, taking 2nd on handicap. The Laser Vago XD of Richard Bentley and Ian Anderson (Felpham) was 4th, but they retain their lead in the series.
The medium fleet of 14 was again dominated by the single-handers. Although the Laser of Jimmy Carter (CYC) was first on the water, the Solos of Guy Mayger (Felpham SC) took first on handicap, with Mark Harper (CYC) 2nd. Lucy Boreham sailing her Europe took 3rd. Consistent performances give these 3 sailors the same positions in the series to date. In the CYC 2000 fleet, Mike and Paula Olliff, fresh from coaching on Saturday, beat Helen and Mark Green.
With a smaller turnout this week, the 10 boats in the slow fleet were shown the way by Emsworth SC boys J Taylor and J Halliday in their RS Feva XL, who were first over the line but 2nd on handicap to series leader Howard Lane from Lancing in his Topper. Jessica Carter (CYC), back in her Topper this week, took 3rd. The CYC Optimists of Oliver Randall May and Alice Snook battled tide and light to finish admirably in 4th and 5th. Hannah Thompson sailed well to beat Charlotte Reading (both CYC) taking 6th and 7th in their Toppers.
Join us next time for Frozen Toe Race 6 on Sunday 15th December, with Races 7 & 8 and Prizegiving (with mince pies and mulled wine!) on Sunday 22nd December.
After Christmas, the Snowflake Series starts on Sunday 5th January, running through to Sunday 2nd March.
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The forecast was for a cold, overcast day with light breezes – quite different from the first, very windy, day of the series. Race Officer Nick Colbourne could see little breeze an hour before the scheduled start, but decided to set a trapezoid course in Chichester Lake in a north–south orientation, staying clear of the dead patches under the trees and allowing for some tactical tidal sailing. The breeze took time to fill in, but the first race of the day got away after a postponement of about 20 minutes. Read More...
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The medium fleet was larger, with 13 entries, but 3 chose not to go afloat, and a couple did not finish. Of the 8 finishers, Ian Payne of CYC led home in his Laser in under 40 minutes, having chosen the favoured left side of the course on the second lap and showing his skill in heavy weather to gain a lead of 10 boat lengths. Payne was followed on the water by 2 more Lasers, but they were beaten on handicap by the Solos of Guy Mayger (Felpham) and Mark Harper (CYC). Mike Linney and Giles Dixon in their 2000 sailed well, but stopped to help a capsized Topper with no sign of the helm (who had already been taken off by the safety boat) and were given 7th place on the basis of their first lap time.
The slow fleet fared less well: of the 6 entries, one sailed back in before the start and none of the rest finished, whether deciding to retire, exhausted through capsizes or suffering gear failure. Given the conditions and the state of the sailors, RO Jackman wisely decided not to run the second race. The safety boats ensured all got home safe and most of the sailors enjoyed a good blast despite capsizes.
Races 3 and 4 of the Frozen Toe are scheduled for Sunday 17 November, 10 am first start: we are hoping to attract larger fleets with less testing conditions!
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Sunday’s weather forecast looked wet and windy, but after a fierce squall at about 8am the sky cleared and it looked more settled. Read More...
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Although not strong, the wind was gusty and there were several capsizes during the course of the 3 races. A number of experienced sailors fell victim to the notorious Laser death roll, capsizing to windward on the downwind legs.
In the 4.7 class, Alex Butler of Hayling Island Sailing Club won the first race, with Joshua Baker (also HISC) 2nd. These places were reversed for the second race. The 3rd race went to Liz Sherwood (HISC) followed by Rosie Berry of CYC. Overall prize went to Baker, with Butler 2nd, Sherwood 3rd and Berry 4th.
The Radial class was dominated by Ross Mackley of Stokes Bay who took 1st place in race 1 followed by Geoff Sherwood (HISC), and won again in race 2, with Alexander Lee (Arun YC) in 2nd. Sherwood won the third, followed by Lee, relegating Mackley to 3rd. Ben Thompson (CYC) showed his increasing skill with a very respectable 5, 3, and 4. The final order was Mackley, Sherwood, Lee and Thompson.
The competitive Standard class fleet of 20 was led in the first race by Ian Morgan of Hillhead, with Andy Palmer-Felgate of CYC 2nd, Richard Bailey (HISC) 3rd and Martin Jones (Itchenor) 4th. Morgan won again in the 2nd race, but Palmer-Felgate bombed out with an 18th place, leaving 2nd to Bailey, with Neil Crossouard of Hillhead 3rd and Luke South (CYC) 4th. In Race 3 CYC took 1st and 2nd through Palmer-Felgate and South, with Bailey 3rd and Charles Porter (CYC) improving to 4th, Morgan scoring only 8th. The final results though gave Morgan a well-deserved 1st prize, Palmer-Felgate 2nd, Bailey 3rd and South 4th.
For full results see http://www.cyc.co.uk/dinghy_section/res ... laser.htm.
Chris Hatton took some great photos: Click here to view them.
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