Race Report : FB4 & CA7 on 26 Nov 2017
Published 12:36 on 28 Nov 2017
More than 40 sailors took part in last Sunday's Frostbite racing revelling in a good force 4 from the West. First away at 1300 were the six cruisers, Chris Turner, single-handing, was a little early and had to put in an extra couple of tacks but Nitric soon stretched her legs and and led the fleet around what turned out to be quite a lengthy course. When Nitric finished after 74 minutes, the race team of Steve, Charlie and Luke realised they would be on the box for the best part of another hour, such is the handicap split among this fleet. Ian Murray was next home although third on handicap, Hilary Martin finished two minutes later after a close call with a Wightlink Ferry and was fourth on handicap. Less than a minute after her was Mark Weeks who was corrected to second by the magic of NHC handicap. The Gibson family and plucky Chris Turner came in just over the two hour mark to complete the field. Five Squibs were next on the line although only four were to finish after fleet captain Sam Prime hiked a little too vigorously and was reminded of his laser-sailing days when he went for a swim. Ray and Jim led the fleet home, ahead of Ian Morgan, David Longford and Ian Saville. Three lasers, a couple of RS400's and a Solo were off at 1310 to contest the fast handicap race. They were joined by an enthusiastic Feva helmed by Louis Lawrence who didn't realise that they were part of the slow handicap fleet and were recalled. Neil and Mark sailed well over the triangle-sausage course and finished in just under an hour, making up their 12 minute handicap on second-placed Martyn Davies visiting from Brading Haven. The three lasers radials of Harry, Tom and Paddy finished at one minute intervals after the Solo. Gregor and Graeme called it a day after going swimming a couple of times when the wind was gusting 18 knots. Last away were the Slow Handicap fleet which this week comprised four Optimists and a Pico. Cam's Tera didn't make the start after gear failure and neither did the Feva after a couple of slow-motion capsizes from which they were unable to recover. After struggling to get off the line in a stiff gust, the Oppis managed their four laps with Noah leading twin brother Finn home by two minutes. The Charlottes in their Pico finished third and were enjoying themselves so much they wanted to do another lap. Sam Osborne finished just ahead of Scarlett Price who crossed the finish line second time around.
Last updated 15:09 on 30 November 2017