Around the sailing clubs, Friday, November 18, 2011

IDEAL conditions greeted the big trimarans taking part in the cruiser class of Frostbite 3.
Despite a flying start from Tim Haslam’s Dragonfly, Millie Mo, he could not stop Tony Pope’s Mad Hatter from posting another win.
Alan Colville in ConBrio took third by just 0.4 of a second on corrected time from Ivan Macauley’s Knave.
The Squibs were away next with eight boats braving the conditions, David Lloyd leading from start to finish to take victory in Blood Sweat and Tears. Jim Holdstock was second and Peter Eddis third.
Neil Griffiths and Mark Turner teamed up to come second in the RS400, beaten to the honours by a resurgent Derek Stroud in his Solo.
Nigel Talbot was third.
Six brave Optimists left the line en masse but the conditions soon took their toll.
Alex Downer comfortably posted his first win of the series by handling the heavy seas well, while the perseverance of Tom and Harry White was rewarded with the other podium places.
The week previously, 30 boats competed in murky conditions.
In the cruisers, Mark Weeks won on handicap from Tony Pope. The Squibs race ended with Kev Gibson and his scratch crew taking the win, with David Lloyd second and seasoned campaigners Peter and Rosilee Eddis third.
In the RS400s Neil Griffiths took line and handicap honours from brother Paul. Dare Barry was third.
Of the eight Optimists, Tom White won from Haydn Sewell.

A strong and gusty easterly meant an exciting time for Sunday’s Frostbite sailors in Gurnard Bay, with a fair few capsizes.
One boat to profit from the difficult conditions was Phil Wright’s RS500, which he sailed to second place in the fast group. However, he could not beat the Contender of Mark Robinson, who won despite one or two capsizes of his own.
In a depleted RS400 fleet, Graham Deegan won convincingly over Brett Aarons. Mike Acton was the only other finisher.
In the RS100s, neither Chris Gillies nor Giles Peckham could match the boat speed of Mark Harrison.
The catamaran fleet came to the line in full strength, but not all completed the two-lap course.
Although Robin Leather was first to the windward mark, he could not maintain his lead on the leg to East Lepe, being overtaken by the Shadows of Paul Tanner and Mike Martin. Tanner was the eventual winner on handicap from Paul Jennings’ Hurricane.
Just four Lasers braved the conditions, some of the younger sailors being absent having travelled to their inland championships. Jane Peckham came out winner ahead of Martin Bean, with visitor Jackie Taylor managing third place.
In the assorted Fevas and Picos of the final group, Jamie Doig, out for the first time in the Frostbite event, secured a win. Second was Jack Elsom, who is putting together a good series to challenge third place man Mike Peddar.

Nearly 20 sailors braved the gusting force 5 to 6 winds in the fifth round of the Frostbite Series last Sunday.
Although race officer Chris Chadwick wisely chose to restrict both races to the safety of the harbour this was not without its own complications, with Bembridge Sailing Club having taken the same decision for its Illusion fleet to make the top end of the harbour rather congested at times. However, with sportsmanlike behaviour from all parties a great days sailing was had by all.
The fast handicap once again saw Simon Cooper tearing away from the line to leave Richard Coleman, Gareth Jones and Steve de Boise, in Solos, in his wake, and Judith Moore, in her Laser, struggling with the conditions.
Cooper who remained unchallenged throughout, won from Jones and Coleman.
With ten Scows, two Picos and one Heron making up the biggest slow fleet in the series to date this year, the race officer had his work cut out in recording all the race positions, especially as all boats finished with 15 minutes of each other, while two of the Scows had the same sail number.
The final result was a win for Barry Dyer, with Oliver Morgan in second, and Jodi Dyer third.

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