Easter bunny 1 & 2 - Race Report - April 2015

Easter weekend heralded the start of the racing season at Clacton Sailing Club

Easter Bunny Races 2015

Pictured above: Eager sailors prepare for the race

With the newly opened beaches at Holland Haven providing the perfect playground Clacton Sailing Club receives a good turn-out of dinghies and catamarans. All agreed the soft sandy beaches and protective rock groins have produced a fabulous sailing venue with safe launching and recovery at all states of the tide.

Beautiful blue skies on Sunday

The first of the Easter Bunny races was held in light force 1-2 Easterly winds in beautiful blue skies on the Sunday

The catamarans led from the start with Stellios Tabis teaming up with the Cadet Commodore James Stacey for their first race in the powerful Nacra 20' leading the field around the long course. A fleet of Dart 18's chased the big cat with Pete Boxer and Eilish Dempsey closely followed by Matt Burrel making his debut single-handed return to racing at CSC after a 4 year lay off.  

Daniel Brezinski had teamed-up with Sam Ranson and the husband and wife team of Martin with Debbie Chivers all sailing new Dart 18's this year.  

Tacking duals develop

Tacking duals developed between boats from the start as they made their way upwind with everyone staying inshore close to the protection of the new rock groins. Light winds and a flooding tide caused more than one impact with the seaward buoy with the re-rounding manoeuvrer costing lost places in the tight fleet.

John Summerfield and Mark Venables battle it out

Open handicap racing meant that dinghies could compete against the catamarans and it was the Lazers that dominated when the final results were calculated: New members John Summerfield and Mark Venables had battled it out for a close tactical race tacking into an incoming tide.

At the end of the first lap Mark had a clear 2 minute lead over John who impressively pulled back on the next lap to win the race overall with Mark a close second.

 

Bank Holiday Monday attracts more eager racers

Easter Bunny 2 was held on Bank Holiday Monday and attracted another good turnout of eager racers.

Two more Lazers joined the fleet with Cadets James Foxon and James Rolfe keeping up well with John Summerfield and Mark Venables despite Foxon having to take a penalty turn after crossing the start line early.

Winds increase to a brisk Force 4

The Northerly winds increased towards the end of the race to a brisk Force 4 much to the liking of the fast cats; James Parsons sailing with his son Eddie particularly delighted in the conditions romping around the 3 lap course in their powerful Hurricane and over-taking Stelios and James Stacey in the Nacra to take line honours.

Matt Burrel twined with young Jack and formed another family team on their Dart 18 and did well to finish mid fleet against the heavier crews. Larry Foxon and Mike Rolfe sailed their Dart 16 well to come in as second cat on handicap also revelled in the fresh winds.

Another one-two result for John Summerfield and Mark Venable

Easter Bunny Races 2 2015

Pictured above: smiles all round at the prize giving

When the results were calculated it was another one-two for John Summerfield and Mark Venables sailing their Lazers, with John taking his second chocolate bunny of the weekend at the prize giving.

Full race calendar returns for 2015

Racing was postponed at CSC last year whilst the beaches were improved but will continue from now on with a full calendar of Sunday and Bank Holiday events.

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