Race Training & Equinox Race - Race Report - April 2017

Clacton Sailing Club has been busy over the past 2 weeks with Race Training sessions organised by local champions Ian and Liam Wright.

On the water - Race Training 2017

Racing is fun and the quickest way to improve skills and the sessions were well attended by sailors aiming to improve their performance ‘around the cans’

Many of the training exercises were aimed at improving boat handling in the tight situation of the closing seconds of the start line. Ian explained how a thorough knowledge of the Racing rules are essential to be able to secure the best position as each of the boats jostled during the repeated practise 5 minute start sequences.

Competitors were encouraged to call the rights of way and there were many penalty 360’s taken as a competitive spirit developed.

Equinox Race

The 2017 racing season finally got underway last Sunday with the previously postponed ‘Equinox Race’ 
Cats and Monohulls raced together in fabulous Force 3 south easterlies and after all the practice predictably the start line was closely contested.

Husband and Wife team Rob and Cathy Mitchell in their Dart 16 have clearly got their starts wired this year and were consistently hitting the line at speed as the gun went during the training.

Rob & Cathy Mitchell - Race Training 2017

Picture above: Equinox Race winners Rob and Cathy Mitchell

Brothers Gleb and Anton Petrovski chose to use club Topper and Topaz dinghies and were mixing it up on the line with these highly manoeuvrable fun boats.

Dan Brzezinski and Matt Burrell each chose the sail their Dart 18s single-handedly and took on the other catamarans that included Dart 16’s being sailed by Mark & George Venables and by Brian Allen.  Pete Boxer completed the mix of boats sailing his A Class for the first time.

The race course took the fleet out to sea into the onshore winds with a short reach before heading downwind back to the beach. Beating, reaching and running are the 3 disciplines of any sailing boat and fairly tested the skills and fitness of the fleet for the first event of the season.

Rob and Cathy Mitchell took a well-deserved first place after the handicap results were calculated and completely proved the coaches point about the importance of making a good start.

The 2017 Racing season continues every Sunday from now on. Sailors of any ability are welcome to join the fun at Clacton Sailing Club up at Holland Haven.

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