Haslett Cup - Race Report

Race Report for The Haslett Cup held at Clacton Sailing Club on Monday 13th April 2014

Haslett Cup 2014 Daniel Brzezinski

Haslett Cup opens the sailing season at Clacton with mild Southerly Force 3-4

The first race of the year was held at Clacton Sailing Club last Sunday in fine conditions with mild Southerly force 3-4 winds blowing across a flat sea it could have been mistaken for a summers day.

Daniel Brezinski was first afloat and keen to test sail his new single-handed Dart Sprint 15 catamaran and was in fact so keen to start that he crossed the line early on the one minute gun. Despite looking very convincing as he sailed the first beat to windward he was eventually caught by the rescue support boat and advised of his error.

Larry Foxon timed the start to perfection

Larry Foxon timed the start to perfection and crossed the line on starboard tack heading into the ebbing Spring tide in his Laser dinghy followed by a modest fleet of other dinghies.

Brothers Anton and Gleb Vassiljeva each raced one of the club Toppers

Brothers Anton and Gleb Vassiljeva each raced one of the club Toppers and Commodore Derek Cheek with crew James Stacey competed in the Omega. The Eagle family joined the fun with Jack and Emily sailing their own Topper and colourful Byte dinghies.

The beat was followed by a fast broad reach out to sea. The increasing tide however caught most competitors out on the reaching leg back into the beach as they were tempted to free-off too much and all had then to tack to make the ODM to start the second lap.

Larry Foxon held the lead throughout

Larry Foxon held the lead throughout applying the lessons of the first lap during the second to win the race with a convincing margin.

Racing will alternate with  social sailing every weekend from now on at Clacton Sailing Club in Holland-on-Sea with anyone interested welcome to come and say hello to find out more.


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