Golden Fillet Race Report

Beautiful sailing conditions meant that Clacton Sailing Club was bustling with activity at the Bank Holiday weekend.

The Dennis Wood Open Handicap Trophy race got under way on the Sunday with the racers enjoying freshening force 3-4 Southerly winds.
Cruising yachts were sailiog close inshore to escape the effects of the strong outgoing tide and came right through the race course acting as unexpected obstacles.

Robert Foxon and Mike Rolph.

Robert Foxon and Mike Rolph campaigning in their RS Vision attempted trapezing for the first time and even flew the kite offwind but sadly never recovered from their dramatic capsize on the first beat.

James Foxon and James Rolph

Like father, like son James Foxon and James Rolph attempted trapezing on their Topaz but they also capsized leaving Ben Boxer and Jack Dempsey to finish as first Cadets after sailing a faultless race.

Dart 18 catamarans headed the field with the lead changing numerous times. Finally Pete Boxer and Eilish Dempsey cut inside Martin and Debbie Chivers on the last gybe bouy to clinch the Trophy crossing the line just seconds ahead of their rivals.

Marley Morgan and Lucy Boxer.

Lighter winds tempted an excellent turn-out of boats on the Bank Holiday Monday for the The Golden Fillet Trophy race. Robert Foxon chose to sail his single handed Lazer dinghy. Cadets Sam Ranson teamed-up with Jack Dempsey in the Lazer 2 and Father and Daughter team Stellios Tabis and Laura joined the fun for the first time this season in their Dark Hawk catamaran. Stellios & Laura quickly established a good lead from the congested start line but were caught-out by the increasing tide and wind shifts as the pack sailed offshore. Concentration was the key to these light wind races and Pete and Eilish were able to work their way through the pack after a poor start to take their second win of the weekend.

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