Golden Fillet Trophy - Race Report - May 2015

Clacton Sailing Club held the long established 'Golden Fillet' Trophy race on Bank Holiday Monday in perfect sailing conditions of sunshine and moderate winds.

Close Cat Racing - Golden Fillet 2015

Good turn-out of racers

A good turn-out of racers and recreational sailors launching from the soft sands of the new beach in front of the Haven clubhouse made the most of the warm force 3-4 southerlies with many sailing all day before the traditional fish and chip evening meal.

Cadets organised the days activities

The Cadets organised the days activities with James Stacey setting the course together with Jack Dempsey who acted as Race Officer
A 4 buoy course was set around the floating pipeline that was temporarily stationed off the coast as part of the beach reclaim project. The Cats raced 3 laps with the winners taking 50 minutes, the monohulls raced 2 laps and took a similar time to complete.

Pete Boxer has to re-start after going 'over-early'

The fast moving catamarans jostled for space in the closing seconds before the start with Pete Boxer having to re-start after going 'over-early'The first beat split the fleet with some boats choosing to tack off early to get out to sea to take advantage of the flooding tide and others hugging the coast in search of a lift.

Pete Boxer and Eilish Dempsey - Golden Fillet 2015

Pictured above: Pete Boxer and Eilish Dempsey on their Dart 18

Hurricane rounds windward mark in first position

James Stacey, always keen to improve his experience of catamaran sailing this week teamed up with James Parsons on the Hurricane and the big cat rounded the windward mark in first position and bore away onto the first reaching leg.

James Stacey and James Parsons  - Golden Fillet 2015

Pictured above: James Stacey teams up with James Parson on the Hurricane Catamaran

The two identical Dart 18's enjoyed a close tussle with Matt & Jack Burrell chasing Pete Boxer and Eilish Dempsey. Matt would always gain on the off wind legs but slipped back again on the upwind sections of the course. Matt & Jack had to take a 360 degree penalty turn after hitting one of the buoys which sealed his fate eventually pushing him into 4 place after the handicaps were calculated.

Matt and Jack Burrell - Golden Fillet 2015

Pictured above: Father and son team - Jack and Matt Burrell

Sam Ransom introduced Andrew Marsh as a guest crew

Sam Ransom introduced Andrew Marsh as a guest crew this week in his Laser 2. The pair quickly settled into an efficient partnership and specially made the most of the downwind surfing opportunities in the flat bottomed dinghy. Andrew seemed delighted to finish in 3rd place overall in his first race at the club.

Sam Ransom and Andrew Marsh - Golden Fillet 2015

Pictured above: Sam Ransom with his guest crew for the day Andrew Marsh

Hurricane sailed hard and fast

As wind slowly swung onshore during the race the lessons from each lap had to be modified and in no way was this a simple procession: At one time of looked like a Dart 18 might even beat the Hurricane over the water, but the shifting winds meant that the last broad reach became a beam reach and the Hurricane being sailed hard and fast by James and James with both helm and crew flat out on the twin trapeze wires left smaller cats in a spray of speed.

Once the handicaps were applied it was Pete Boxer & Eilish Dempsey as overall winners and who will take the Trophy home at the end of year prize giving.


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