Spring Series 1 & 2 - Race Report - April 2018

Clacton Sailing Club members finally started their spring series after several weeks of cancelled sailing through fog. This Sunday the sun was shinning and big smiles all round as members put to the water.

Team Glover - Spring Series 1 & 2 2018

Picture above: - Making preparations, Winners of first race - Team Glover

Spring series 1 & 2 would be sailed back to back with a course of a triangle and inter locking sausage.

Spring Series 1

At 11.00 sharp Spring Series 1 was underway with a fleet of catamarans and a mono hull hitting the start line heading for the wind ward mark.

Brian Allan and Matt Burrell in their Hurricane SX were quick to take the lead followed closely by Martin and Debbie Chivers in their Dart 18 with Stafford Glover and Glen Burrows in their Hurricane Sport in hot pursuit.

First mark honours went to Team Chivers with Glover & Burrows piping Allen & Burrell.

The Race was truly on! Over the Next 2 laps Glover and Burrows pulled a head of the fleet flying their giant 3rd sail where ever possible. With the mixed fleet all was still to play for as boats have different PY Handicap numbers.

Daniel Brzezinski sailing his Dart 18 single handed took full advantage of the light and variable winds managed to over take Team Chivers and father and son team Robert and Toby Mitchell sailing their Dart 16 made good use of the change in tide to keep well with in reach of a placing.

Husband and wife team of Peter and Helen Lyall in their Wanderer made excellent progress and managed to make the most of an increasing breeze and managed to keep on the coat tails of the much faster catamarans.

Results - Race 1

First race result was: 1. Glover & Burrows 2. Brzezinski 3. Team Mitchell

 

Spring Series 2

Time for Race 2! With all the competitors still on the water Spring Series 2 was quickly under way with the Allen and Burrell Team keen to lead from the start followed by the rest of the chasing fleet. Glover and Burrows were having none of it!

Team Chivers worked hard to make sure they did not loose sight of much faster Hurricanes whilst being constantly pushed by Brzezinski.

Team Chivers - Spring Series 1 & 2 2018

Picture above: - Winners of Rae 2 - Commodore Martin and wife Debbie Chivers

Team Mitchell managed to stay well in contention with Team Lyall snapping away at the end of the fleet.

After 2 much faster laps than the first race with all the boats much closer together it was going to be down to handicap!

Results - Race 2

The Result of the Second Race was 1.Team Chivers 2.Glover & Burrows 3.Team Mitchell.

With 2 more races in the series all is to play for with just a couple of points separating the top 3.

Many thanks to safety team

The New Club Rescue boat was on station at all times manned by Neil Warn and Derek Cheek.

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