Please select your home edition
Edition
Trident-UK 2012 May

2012 Freds Big Toephy at Guildford Model Yacht Club

by Roger Stollery on 22 Feb 2012 19 February 2012

There was great enthusiasm to get racing after a fortnight of ice on Guildford Model Yacht Club's Abbey Meads Lake near Thorpe Park, Chertsey. This caused the postponement of the first Footy open of the year to 19 February 2012. Although still cold it was a sunny day with a very variable north westerly wind from between 2 and 12 mph. 10 entries from 5 clubs took part and 15 races were sailed over a simple windward leeward course taking on average 11 minutes per race. Guildford's race team of Mark Mortimore and John Townsend handled the event with authority yet gave skippers time for changing battery or rigs etc and everyone enjoyed the racing with some close finishes at times.

The morning racing

Racing started with boats in a variety of rig sizes because of the gusty conditions, but later most settled for a 500 millimetre high rig. Trophy holder Rob Vice started his defence with a win with his ICE beating Roger Stollery's SUPABUG and Scott Wallis's RANGER. Leading Footy skipper, Hugh McAdoo, who had technical difficulties in the first race, stamped his authority on Race 2 with a win from Roger and Rob. These three skippers continued to master the variable wind strength and direction to take the podium places with Rob winning Races 3 and 4. The rest of the fleet began to read the wind better and in Race 4, Jim Vice scored his best result of the event finishing fourth. Hugh did not let Rob monopolise first place and won Race 5 and not to be outdone Roger took Race 6, in which recent Footy enthusiast, Peter Shepherd got his best result of the event with a fifth. From here on Rob sailed really well and won all the remaining races before lunch, leading overall with a score of 8, with Roger and Hugh tied with 14.

Racing after lunch

The wind became slightly more westerly and even more variable and gradually eased off towards the end of the event allowing the use of the biggest competition rigs. The same pattern of results followed the morning's racing with Rob continuing to sail well being chased by Roger and Hugh. However they didn't have it all their own way and David Wilkinson, who was racing his SUPABUG for the first time, was going better with a third in Races 11and 13. In the penultimate race Alan Viney had his best result with a second behind Rob, who retained Fred's Big Toephy by a big margin.

The prizegiving

This started with the award of the 2011 Footy Travellers' Trophy traditionally presented at the first event of the following season. GMYC Commodore, Hugh McAdoo presented this to David Wilkinson who had competed in the most events last year. On receiving the beautiful wooden, Fred's Big Toephy, Rob Vice thanked the race team of Mark Mortimore and John Townsend for running another very good event.

The boats

Footys are by far the cheapest way into competitive sailing and the whole fleet of 10 boats this year may have cost no more than £700! Apart from the Stollery Swing Rig powered ICE and SUPABUG, the most interesting designs were American, from the board of Bill Hagerup. Relative newcomer Peter Shepherd had built an elongated RAZOR 3 which fitted in the measurement box double diagonally, a nice looking boat except that the Swing Rig was high up off the deck to clear the top of the box. Dinghy sailor, Scott Wallis had made a very nice example of RANGER, a very narrow hard chine hull in Depron with a balanced Una Rig. This was very fast at times off the wind, but the wider and more stable designs continue to dominate the results.

Overall Results: (place, name, sail number, club, design, score)

1st Rob Vice (41) Clapham ‘ICE' 14pts
2nd Hugh McAoo (87) Guilidford ‘ICE' 30pts
3rd Roger Stollery (117) Guildford ‘SUPABUG' 30pts
4th Scott Wallis (84) Clevedon ‘RANGER' 68pts
5th Alan Viney (17) Guildford ‘ICE' 72pts
6th David Wilkinson (46) Cotswold ‘SUPABUG' 78pts
7th Jim Vice ‘ICE' (48) Guildford 82pts
8th Peter Jackson (30) Wickstead ‘SUPABUG' 90pts
9th Keith Parrott (31) Frensham Pond ‘ICE' 91pts
10th Peter Shepherd (52) Wickstead ‘RAZOR 3 extended' 98pts

Related Articles

RC Laser & Df65 Southport Winter Series overall
A very windy finale at West Lancs Relentless rain for the last month or so - have we not had enough? The journey in saw more of it, but just as you arrived at 10:00, magically it stopped. It was windy... very windy... probably 25mph from the west. Posted on 23 Mar
RC Laser Fleetwood Spring Series day 1
Sluice gate open at the bridge end As you approached Laidleys Walk, you couldn't but help notice that there was water in the Model boating lake. Then, just as you rounded the Sea Cadet HQ roundabout, you realised that there wasn't enough in the lake to actually sail in. Posted on 17 Mar
Lymington DF65 March Championship
Competitive and cheap racing in the marina On Saturday March 11th Lymington Town Sailing Club's RC Yachting section met for their March monthly championship. Posted on 16 Mar
Scottish IOM Travellers at Levenhall
18 skippers for first event of the 2017 season The first event of the Scottish Travellers IOM series for 2017 attracted eighteen skippers with fifteen from six of the Scottish District clubs together with three raiders from Killingworth south of the border. Posted on 12 Mar
Fleetwood Df65 Winter/Spring Series Round 5
Concluding part of the series Saturday saw the concluding part of the Df65 Winter series. As only 2 events were sailed at the end of 2016, the start of 2017 was included to make up a series. The first one was cancelled due to no water leaving a further 5 up to date. Posted on 7 Mar
RC Laser & Df65 Southport Winter Series day 5
14 helms brave the elements The forecast was for some rain and light-ish winds from the South. The marsh and the wetlands in the area were looking waterlogged and very wet. Posted on 6 Mar
RC Laser Spring Series at Fleetwood day 4
A problem with marks moving in the high winds By only 3 replying with a yes and a possible maybe to the email invite from Liz, it was looking doubtful to whether we would be racing at all. Ken did decide to turn up in the end as the weather looked like it just might turn for the better. Posted on 27 Feb
IOM Belton Trophy at Chelmsford
Eastern District IOM Championship Series Round 1 Chelmsford Radio Yacht Club hosted the Belton Trophy and Round 1 of the Eastern District IOM Championship Series (EDCS) on Sunday 19th February 2017. Posted on 27 Feb
One Metres at Rotherham
IOM Northern District Winter Series event Twenty IOMs with sixteen visitors from both sides of the Pennines and from the Northern & Midland Districts entered the Rotherham leg of the Northern District Winter Series at Harthill Reservoir on Sunday. Posted on 22 Feb
RC Laser & Df65 Southport Winter Series day 4
One of those claggy, misty days It was a looking dreary over at Southport - you know one of those claggy, misty days, when you think, 'Will we ever see any blue sky today?'. Posted on 22 Feb