Please select your home edition
Edition
Allen 2017 Fit to Win 4 728

Footy Class Freds Big Toephy at Guildford Model Yacht Club

by Roger Stollery on 12 Feb 2010

The first Footy Class open meeting of the 2010 season started well with 21 races for a beautifully sculpted wooden trophy. 11 skippers from 7 clubs enjoyed some excellent racing in a light, but gusty Northerly wind blowing basically straight down the lake and slightly off shore on Guildford Model Yacht Club’s Abby Meads Lake, Chertsey.

PRO Martin Crysell set a simple windward/leeward course with a leeward gate, which was also the starting line, to give 2 beats and a run. With the variable 0-6 mph wind most boats were using their biggest rigs, but the gusts forced some to change to smaller rigs. The young Vice boys, CJ 10 years old and Lachlan 8, both put up impressive performances with podium places. Lachlan’s best was 3rd in Race 3 sailing a ‘BUG 3’, whilst CJ, sailing an ‘ANT’, boasted at the end of having one of each place, including a win in Race 8, 2nd in Race 15 and 3rd in Race 5.

Everyone enjoyed at least one podium place, but Gordon Edmondson was not pleased when his radio burnt out halfway through the event. However apart from David Wilkinson’s win in Race 4 with his balanced una rigged ‘IAMBUS’ design, the wins were shared between Rob Vice’s brand new ‘ICE’ design, a moulded round-bilged version of the fast 5 plank chine ‘AWK’ design, with the same 500gram displacement, Swing Rig, cassette radio gear etc. There was a lot of interest in how these two designs would compare. Their performances were very similar as the results show, but ‘ICE’ (41) did have a little bit of an edge and assistant RO Hugh McAdoo caught this well in his photos of Race 18, shown with the other top boats (17 and 49) on the second picture page.

As well as presenting Fred’s Big Toephy and the winners’ prizes, two other trophies were presented. The 2009 Footy Travellers’ Trophy with a new base, again beautifully made by Fred Shepherd, was presented to Gary Sanderson by last year’s winner, Charles Smith. Gary shared the honours with David Wilkinson with the same number of events attended, but the tie broken by the biggest mileage.

The MYA’s Chris Dicks Award, normally presented at the MYA AGM was presented to Nick Burden, for winning the Footy design competition with his design ‘HOTFOOT’.

Overall Results:

PosSkipperSail NoDesignPts
1Rob VICE41ICE27
2Roger STOLLERY17AWK28
3David WILKINSON46Wilkinson OD60
4Gary SANDERSON13DUCK 287
5Phil BROSZEK44BUG 397
6CJ VICE118ANT99
7John CADENHEAD88Micron107
8Nick BURDEN16Hotfoot116
9Geoff SUTTON34ANT140
10Lachlan VICE84BUG 3155
11Gordon EDMONDSON49AWK172

Related Articles

Marblehead Stan Cleal Trophy
15 races held at Three Rivers Radio Yacht Club The furthest travelled competitor, Bill Culshaw from Shropshire, sailing a GRUNGE, won this event with seven wins from the two UPROARS that were successful last week at the Mermaid. Posted on 22 Nov
Marblehead Mermaid Trophy at Guildford
Uproar designs rule the day There was uproar at Guildford Model Yacht Club's water at Abbey Meads for this annual open Marblehead event. No outlandish behaviour though, just two boats to that design, going fast! Posted on 15 Nov
RC Laser Northern Autumn Series day 3
Eleven skippers race on a bright and chilly day The invite to the third Northern Lasers meet was this time over near Nelson on Lake Burwain. Eleven Skippers turned up on a bright, cloudless but chilly day. Posted on 13 Nov
DF65 TT at Lincoln
Sunshine and showers for penultimate event in the series A forecast of some showers followed by some afternoon sunshine were about right, the breeze didn't do quite what had been suggested which meant a day of A plus sailing for most with a couple of races in A suit for some. Posted on 7 Nov
RC Laser Northern Autumn Series day 2
Seven sailors on the morning of Bonfire Night Seven sailors registered with Liz for the sailing on the Sunday of bonfire night. A bit of an improvement to the usual replies she gets of just a couple. Maybe we were going to have a bumper day on this promise of blue skies and lots of wind. Posted on 6 Nov
Marblehead Vane weekend at Fleetwood
Visitors' broken mast repaired by helpful locals For Saturday we were going to have a westerly, that's fine, but at 26 mph gusting to 40 mph, it might be challenging, if the Championships ever goes ahead. Sunday should be a little more pleasant, swinging to the North and only 15 mph. Posted on 30 Oct
DF Racing Series at Weecher Reservoir
Both DragonForce 65 and DragonFlite 95 yachts racing The penultimate weekend of the DF Racing Series for radio controlled DragonForce 65 and DragonFlite 95 racing yachts promised much wind and unseasonably mild conditions at Weecher Reservoir, the home waters of the Keighley club. Posted on 19 Oct
RC Laser TT at Ardleigh
Southern District Championship and National TT Event With the unfortunate cancellation of the Sheerness TT, Ardleigh stepped up to the plate to host the TT event and Southern District Championship on the 14th October. Posted on 19 Oct
RC Laser and DF65 Northern Autumn Series day 1
Superb fun at West Lancs West Lancashire Yacht Club at Southport was the first location for the Autumn 5-part sailing series up North. A great venue with good facilities which is also used for a large variety of other full-size sailing dinghy classes. Posted on 16 Oct
Vane 36-R Training Day at Fleetwood
Help learning the ropes on these revived classics John Plant had upgraded and was now the happy owner of the previously owned boat from Martin Pritchard. Tony was quick off the mark to ask and was now delighted that he could use John's back-up boat Taxachun N043. Posted on 15 Oct