Class Series Race 3 - Race Report

Race Report for Class Series Race 3 held at Clacton Sailing Club on Sunday 8th June 2014

James and William Stacey take second place 2014

Another perfect day at Clacton Sailing Club

Warm summer breezes chased the clouds away for another perfect day at Clacton Sailing Club as the regular racers competed for event 3 of this years point series.

Light Force 2 Easterly winds

The buoys were set to make the most of the light force 2 Easterly winds with upwind and downwind legs in the classic 'triangle / sausage' course.

Over enthusiasm at the start

Over enthusiasm at the start meant that James and his brother William Stacey were over-early in their RS500 as were Pete Boxer and Eilish in the Spitfire catamaran.

Martin and Debbie Chivers made the second-perfect start and led the fleet out to the windward mark.

Brothers display excellent teamwork

James and William sailing together for the first time showed excellent teamwork cleanly hoisting their asymmetric kite as they bore off on the first downwind leg and over-hauled the Chivers team in an identical RS500 dinghy.

Boxer and Dempsey hold off the challenge

The catamarans meanwhile were enjoying their own tussles with James and Eddy Parsons, who have enjoyed success together this year in their Hurricane, unable to get past the slightly slower Spitfire cat. Luffing to sail a slightly high course on the reaching leg Boxer and Dempsey were able to hold off the challenge until they too were able to hoist their kite.

The Stacey bothers performed well with good boat and sail handling by helm and crew and after sailing a faultless tactical race they came in just over one minute ahead of the other RS500 despite the constant pressure of being closely shadowed around the second half of the course.

Close racing see first three places finishing within one minute of each other

Once the handicap results were calculated it was Pete Boxer and Eilish Dempsey that took first place but only by 6 seconds ahead of the boys James and William Stacey. James and Eddy Parsons came in third with all 3 within one minute indicating that racing has become specially tight. Overall results are still wide open for the season and with small mistakes costing positions the competition is on.

 

The Stacey brothers have shown great promise this year both when sailing solo and now together. They will compete later this year in the Suffolk Schools Regatta so this experience will serve them well.

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