Holiday Cup and Cadet Trophy Series Race 2 - Race Report

Race Report for Holiday Cup and Cadet Trophy Series Race 2 held at Clacton Sailing Club on Sunday 1st June 2014

Ben Boxer and Jack Dempsey sailing Topaz Tres

Blue skies and light North Easterly winds

Blue skies and light North Easterly winds greeted the competitors last Sunday at Clacton Sailing Club for the second race in the Holiday Cup and Cadet Trophy Series.  

As is so often the case local knowledge and ability to judge the effect of the flooding Spring Tide which was acting in the same direction as the wind proved to be a determining factor in the outcome.

Tightly bunched at the start line

Tightly bunched at the start line the fleet were all able to hold position nosing into the tide as the seconds ticked down to a clean start.
It was Martin and Debbie Chivers in their RS500 that crossed the line in pole position on Starboard tack and beat upwind close into the coast where the tidal effect was weakest. Only when they judged they had 'over-stepped' the layline to the windward mark sufficiently did they tack onto Port and run the gauntlet out into the strongest tide.

Brothers compete for Cadet Trophy

The second RS500 sailed single handed by James Stacey was in competition for the Cadets Trophy with his brother William who chose the use one of the clubs Topaz dinghies with the monohulls completing one lap of the course. Both brothers have got the racing bug this year and it will be interesting to see how the results play out between them.

Pete Boxer and Eilish Dempsey over-hauled the leaders in their Spitfire catamaran and had soon hoisted the gennaker sail on the broad reach back to the Outer Distance Marker before gybing back inshore to the start line. Despite having already sailed the windward leg their judgment on the second beat back to the ODM for the Sausage lap was poor and they eventually added 4 tacks in the strongest tide out to sea.

First two boats were split by just 2 seconds

The rising tide brought freshening winds so everyone enjoyed the sailing but the tide caught most out to some extent and the positions on handicap told a fascinating story: After sailing for nearly an hour the first two boats were split by just 2 seconds on corrected time with Martin and Debbie taking the Holiday Cup 2 and James Stacey wining the Cadet Trophy 2.

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