Easter Bunny - Race Report

Race Report for the Easter Bunny Race held at Clacton Sailing Club on Monday 20th April 2014

Crews in Clubhouse after race

Easter Bunny Race with winds of Force 3-4

Another bright and breezy day welcomed more racing action up at Clacton Sailing Club over the Bank Holiday weekend. A healthy fleet of 13 boats took part in the Easter Bunny race ranging from fast cats and a variety of different performance dinghies all competing under a handicap system.

A large triangle course was set by Race Officer Martin Chivers with a long windward leg and fast broad reach along the coast intended to stretch the fleet and provide a test of skill and endurance in the force 3-4 winds.

Foxon's domination continues

Sam Ranson, returning to the club for his first sail of the year, looked in fine shape after his training with the Sea Cadets as he crossed the line in first position in the clubs Omega dinghy with Derek Cheek crewing. However he was soon steadily over-hauled by Larry Foxon and regular crew Mike Rolfe in the RS Vision. The faster cats seemed almost to be giving them both a head start before father and son team James and Eddy Parsons in the Hurricane and Daniel Brzezinski in the Dart 15 hunted them down and emerged ahead of the fleet by the second buoy.  The race was on and only the corrected times under the handicap system would eventually sort out the final result.

A Special Mention

Special mention should be made of the youngest sailors brother and sister Jake and Lydia Kurtulus who valiantly battled on in one of the clubs new Topaz dinghies, nearly lost to sight at times offshore in the haze they sailed themselves ashore after more than one hour having taken a wise decision to retire in the testing conditions. Hot drinks and Easter chocolates welcomed them back into the clubhouse.  

The apparently warm sunshine could not disguise the cool seasonal sea temperature and time spent in the water is limited before risk of hypothermia set in: James Foxon was able to recover from his capsize in his Laser but was to eventually to retire from the race. Charlie and James Stacey also capsized in their new RS500 as the main sheets caught in the tiller and a prompt decision was taken by the rescue boat to recover the sailors to the beach temporarily abandoning their capsized boat. Race Officer Martin Chivers was called into action from the clubhouse after rapidly dressing in his drysuit to recover the boat with James Stacey and they enjoyed a very fast sail back ashore as a reward.

Larry Foxon and Mike Rolfe continue their run of success

Overall it was Larry Foxon and Mike Rolfe who continues their run of success so far this year wining the event outright claiming their Easter Bunny prizes.

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