Super Bowl 2 and 3 - Race Report - September 2017

Clacton Sailing Club held 2 more races from the ‘SuperBowl’ series last weekend in fabulous Indian Summer conditions with blue skies and warm south easterly winds.

Before the race - September Super Bowl 2 and 3 2017

Pete Boxer dominated both races in his A Class catamaran comfortably taking 2 bullets after the handicap times were adjusted

With the first upwind leg set against the flooding tide the regular club racers knew they could push up to the line using the tide to hold station as the seconds counted away.

Start line honours

Rob & Cathy Mitchell took start line honours in the first race sailing their Dart 16 with the ‘other’ Rob Mitchell with crew Mark Butchers and Brian Allen with guest crew Stelios Tabis all close on their heels in matching Dart 16s.

Boxer hit the line at speed already out on the wire and carved the A Class upwind pointing noticeably higher than the rest of the fleet. The A Class has famously good performance especially upwind but carries a consequentially punishing low handicap. Easy to sail but hard to sail well this for him was to be a race against the clock.

Spectacular capsize

Toby Mitchell sailing his Laser dinghy was joined this week by another monohull with Rob Banks sailing his classic Contender.

The upwind/ downwind course was enjoyed by them both until Rob met with a spectacular capsize on the short reaching leg. Although able to right his dinghy it was soon over again as the sheets had tangled with the rudder meaning he was unable to sheet out! This time the dinghy turned-turtle and required assistance from Trever Kettle from the rescue boat. Exhausted Rob chose to retire from this race.

Toby however went onto place 3rd overall in his Laser and was delighted with his well-deserved podium result and celebration pint of Guinness
Rob Mitchell & Mark Butchers over-took Rob & Cathy Mitchell to claim 2nd place on handicap.


Commiserations to Mark and George Venables in the Hurricane SX who learnt of their disqualification for missing a buoy only at the end of the 2 lap race.

Mark and George Venables - September Super Bowl 2017

Picture above: Mark and George Venables before the race

The second race was held back-to-back with Race Officer Martin Chivers starting the 5 minute sequence as soon as the tail enders had completed the first race.

Raced around the same course but over just one lap the competitors had the advantage of familiarity of judging the laylines but with the added pressure that short races would typically penalise mistakes.

Skills improve

Everyone seemed to have learnt lessons from the first race: Boxer pipped Rob & Cathy to the start line, Mark & George sailed the proper course and Brian Allen and Stelios Tablis hoisted and lowered their kite promptly on the downwind legs.

The general standard of racing has noticeably improved throughout the year with many gaining experience from travelling to enter National Championships.

Rob Mitchell / Mark Butchers were solid in 2nd and Rob & Cathy improved to finish in 3rd place.


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