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Christchurch Harbour Interclub Series - Day 1

by Sarah Desjonqueres 19 Sep 2016 15:22 BST 18 September 2016
Christchurch Harbour Interclub Series day 1 © Sarah Desjonqueres

Still riding on the coattails of an Indian Summer, Christchurch Harbour sailors were blessed with glorious sunshine for the first two races of this year's Harbour Interclub series.

It was a beautiful sight to witness 33 dinghies of various classes and sail colours all jostling for position on the start line with all three competing clubs keen to top the results tables.

The wind was in a fickle mood however and for moments during the race gave up blowing completely only to come back with renewed vigour some minutes later. This fluctuation created some interesting position changes amongst the fleet, with some boats making up a fair amount of ground on the lead boats as they were carried down reaches on puffs that were yet to fill the sails of those in front.

The beat sent the fleet over toward Christchurch Priory leaving them a dead run back toward the gybe mark which had had been laid just to port of the channel. On such a glorious day there was a fair amount of traffic crossing the harbour and some tactical sailing was witnessed as the racing dinghies crossed paths with various incoming vessels.

After three fairly pedestrian rounds however, race 1 belonged to three Mudeford SC Lasers, with John Challener taking the top spot, followed in by Tim Reid and then Alan Dalziel in 3rd.

As fickle winds are wont to do, the wind direction had changed by the end of the 1st race, but Mudeford SC race team were quickly on it and after a rapid course tweak between races, the 2nd race got off to a clean start.

It was the Christchurch SC Finn sailors that lead the cluster of Lasers round the course this time round although with such little wind their lead was minimal. The slower boats were however certainly enjoying the weather and one helm was spotted doing some serious sunbathing down the reach.

At the end of race 2, with the weather beginning to change, there was a little switch around at the top, with Tim Reid taking the win, Christchurch SC's Ray New (Finn) in 2nd and John Challener taking 3rd.

After two races the overall leader board sees Tim Reid leading, John Challener in 2nd place and Ray New sitting in 3rd. The next two races of the series are on 2nd October at 10am; will Highcliffe SC feature this time...?

Results after first day:

PosHelm & CrewClubClassR1R2Pts
1Tim ReidMudefordLaser213
2John ChallenerMudefordLaser134
3Ray NewChristchurchFinn527
4Richard & Jamie BattenMudefordHartley 12 2S07411
5Richard PhillipsChristchurchFinn4812
6Tom ReidMudefordLaser6713
7Roy O'CallaghanMudefordLaser11617
8Andy DenisonChristchturchFinn9918
9Stuart PercivalChristchurchScow14519
10Finn Gheury de BrayHighcliffeOK81220
11Jack ActonChristchurchRadial121022
12Drew BarnesChristchurch4.7161430
13John PhelpsHighcliffeLaser131730
14Tony LockChristchurchFinn102131
15Graham PlattHighcliffeLaser151833
16Lorrian WellsHighcliffeLaser171633
17Geoff HarwoodMudefordSolo231134
18Ian Pike & Sally PerryHighcliffeComet Duo191534
19Keith HawkinsHighcliffeLaser181937
20Marion CullingfordChristchurchRadial241337
21Alan DalzielMudefordLaser33538
22Tania TarrantHighcliffeRadial202040
23Lisa BoothChristchurchRadial212041
24Julie SephtonChristchurchTopper252550
25Keith BarkwayChristchurchMirror 1S0262450
26Russel NewChristchurchRS Vision282250
27Sue HaynesChristchurch4.7222850
28Claire van WingerdenChristchurch4.7272754
29Peter Nicholson & Mike StaggMudefordUrchin322355
30John Duffell & Chris BlakeMudefordHartley 12 2S0302656
31Roy SmithMudefordCormorant292958
32Ben CobbChristchurchTopper313162
33Julian & Tosh BrowettChristchurchLaser 2333265

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