Autumn Series 1 - Race Report - Septemeber 2015

There was a good turn-out last Sunday as the first race of the The Autumn Series got underway at Clacton Sailing Club perhaps tempted by the fabulous blue skies and brisk easterly winds

Competitors on beach - Autumn Series 1 2015

Pictured above: Competitors gather on beach prior to race

Heavy rolling seas

Jeff Parrmay acting as Race Officer for the day under the tutelage of Larry Foxon set a demanding course with long upwind and downwind legs amidst some heavy rolling seas.

Strong spring tides

The strong spring tides would also play a part changing from flood to ebb during the race. Martin and Debbie Chivers timed their start well and were clear ahead from the gun sailing close to the ODM on starboard and heading inshore out of the flooding tide before tacking beyond the lay line to be sure of making the windward mark.
They were closely shadowed by other Dart 18's with Matt Burrell and Jack Wayland clearing the windward mark in second place.

Daniel Brzezinski with Jack Dempsey and Robert Mitchell with his son Toby also gave chase in Dart 18 catamarans.  

Father and son team James and Eddy Parsons in the powerful Hurricane catamaran would soon over-haul them all and go on to be the first boat to finish.

One or two cats had attempted to cross the start line on port from the beach hoping to lay the buoy in one leg but fell fowl of the tide and had to make 2 additional tacks out at sea.

Pete Boxer & Eilish Dempsey (Dart 18) and Stelios Tabis & Brian Allen (Nacra 20) both made this mistake and had their work cut out from the start.

Go Pro Clip: Jack Dempsey and Daniel Brzezinski racing their Dart 18

Laser 2 dinghy suffers capsize

Cadets Sam Ranson and Andrew Marsh in their Laser Two suffered a capsize at the 4 minute gun but recovered in time to be able to over-take James Foxon in his Laser One on the first downwind leg.

Testing conditions

The Cadets were joined by James Rolfe also sailing a Laser One and the 3 monohulls revelled in the rolling surf of the downwind legs with positions changing as each boat caught waves. Off wind sailing in waves in these particular dinghies is notoriously difficult with risk of broaching and Ransom and Marsh eventually capsized again to allow Foxon past.

Despite the dinghies only being required to sail one lap Ransom and Marsh went on to race the full two laps required of the cats such was their obvious enjoyment of the conditions.

The first triangle was completed with a fast reaching leg back to the ODM followed by a second upwind leg and a longer downwind leg to a wing mark positioned to create an upwind finish to each lap.


Martin and Debbie Chivers were convincing winners overall with Boxer & Dempsey second and Matt Burrell and Jack Wayland 3rd place in this first of 4 race series which continues with 1100 starts for the next 3 consecutive Sundays up at the Holland Haven Club.


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