Cadet Helm, Holiday Cup Series Race 2 and Butlins Cup - Race Reports - May 2015

Clacton Sailing Club had a good turn-out of boats for each of the 3 races held over the Bank Holiday weekend at Holland Haven.

William Stacey in topper dinghy

Pictured above: William Stacey in Cadet Helm Race

Cadet Helm - Series Race 2

The Cadet Helm series race was held in superb force 3-4 southwesterly winds around a complex 4 buoy course.

The Cadets are welcome to compete using any sailing boat and the results calculated using a handicap system. This allowed James Stacey to take control of a powerful Hurricane catamaran and race against the dinghy fleet without undue advantage; his early lead was cut short in dramatic fashion however at the outer gybe mark when he capsized allowing his rival in the series James Rolfe to take the advantage in his Laser.

Rolfe has shown steady improvement this year getting to grips with the subtleties of his new boat and is now placed equal first with Stacey with one win each.

James Rolfe wins first place

Pictured above: James Rolf takes first place in his Laser and is now joint first in the Cadet Helm Series.

William Stacey showed his usual determination in the Topper and finished a creditable third. The Hurricane was righted without assistance and completed the course.

Holiday Cup - Series Race 2

The Holiday Cup series race 2 was held around the same course and competitors maneuvered closely on the line as the seconds ticked away.

The catamarans crossed on port tack narrowly avoiding 2 Lasers that were sailing the line on starboard tack and had the right of way. Pete Boxer this week sailing with his son Ben Boxer were clean away in their Dart 18 ahead of Robert Mitchell who had chosen again to race his Dart 16 singlehanded.

Ben Boxer Stretches his legs

Pictured above: Ben Boxer gets to stretches his legs whilst on the trapeze.

Martin and Debbie Chivers were never far away in their Dart 18 although the importance of a good start is really starting to be felt as this compeptive fleet race against each other each week. Larry Foxon and Mike Rolfe continue to refine their teamwork in the Dart 16.

Bearing off onto a broad reach the crews stayed out on the trapeze wires as the helmsmen played the main sheets and surfed the waves downwind to the seaward bouy before gybing off to make the second downwind buoy.

A short beat back to the ODM and the boats headed out to sea again to sail the 2 reaches of the 'sausage' leg.

The 2 lap course was over in just 30 minutes for the eventual winners. Pete and Ben Boxer sailed a faultless race to finish first ahead of Martin and Debbie Chivers with John Summerfield who is proving to be a force to be reckoned with since re-joining the club this year taking third place in his Laser dinghy.

The Butlins Cup

The long awaited and hotly contested Butlins Cup was finally held on the Monday and involved a long distance course set along the coast to Frinton and back.

The flukey offshore winds gusted up to force 4 over an unusually flat sea surface and the flooding tide both contributed to the tactical considerations as the boats headed up the coast; taking a course out to sea would give cleaner winds but mean increased tidal flow to contend with.

It was to be fast reaching start and Pete Boxer & Eilish Dempsey timed their line charge to perfection crossing in their Dart 18 at full speed ahead of the returning partnership of father and son Ian and Liam Wright in an identical Dart catamaran.

Regulars Martin & Debbie Chivers and Larry Foxon & Mike Rolfe followed close behind all sailing Dart catamarans. Rob Mitchell had teamed-up with  James Stacey who's cat racing experience grows week by week.

The monohulls were led by Sam Ranson in his Laser 2 who had just returned from success in a 24 hour race with the Sea Cadets. William Stacey gained everyone respect completing the course in his Topper.

The 2 long legs to Frinton and back were followed by a quick upwind / downwind sausage and the result was never certain as the wind shifts kept everyone alert.

Pete Boxer and Eilish Dempsey take the win

Pictured above: Peter Boxer and Eilish Dempsey take first place in the Butlins Cup

Ian and Liam Wright showed their experience and tacked early on the final windward leg chancing everything on getting a lift and ghosted over the line in 2nd place just seconds ahead of the Chivers boat.

Pete Boxer & Eilish Dempsey won by the narrowest of margins and were awarded the trophy outside the sailing club.

Prize giving after bank holiday weekend events

Pictured above: Prize giving after a hard bank holidays racing.


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