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Inter-club racing at Highcliffe Sailing Club

by Sarah Desjonqueres 15 May 2017 17:03 BST 14 May 2017

Last Sunday's Sea Inter-club racing between local clubs Highcliffe SC, Mudeford SC and Christchurch SC played out in Christchurch harbour in near perfect sailing conditions.

The racing started in a SW F3-4 which built over the morning to a well established F4-5 all played out under clear blue skies. The event attracted 13 excited sailors, representing all 3 clubs, all eager to get going and all jostling for position on the start line. First out of the traps were Mudeford's Reid (Radial) and Christchurch's Arnell (OK) who were the pair to beat, taking an early lead in both of the morning's races egging each other on in their own private battle at the head of the fleet, with Reid taking the win on the water in race 1 but having to settle for second behind Arnell in race 2. Going on not far behind, Highcliffe's Bell (Europe) spent the first race hunting down fellow sailor Burrows (Radial) and the second race fending off Scott-Dalgliesh (Radial). After correction, Bell's hard work earned him 3rd and 4th places in race 1 and 2 respectively being pipped by 18 seconds by Scott-Dalgleish race 2 who took the 3rd place honours.

The conditions at sea were delivering some exhilarating reaches as the sailors surfed at breakneck speeds down the growing swell and many shouts went up around the marks as flying dinghies all arrived together, all trying to find the space to turn without incident. A high speed gybe at the final leeward mark of the morning's racing nearly caused an upset between an RS Vision and a Europe but fortunately all parties came out unscathed. With such exciting and challenging conditions the Race Team kept the courses short giving the competitors 2 intense and demanding races. The superlatives were flying freely in the clubhouse later as a lot of very happy faces saw fit to relive their experiences. Days like that are why we all love sailing.

Overall Results:

PosBoat TypeHelmClubR1R2
2ndOKChris ArnellCSC22
3rdEUROPEPete BellHSC34
4thLASER RADIALHamish Scott DalgleishHSC83
5thLASERDavid BurrowsHSC5.56
7thRS VISIONRussell NewCSC5.59
8thLASER RADIALLorrian WellsHSC97
9thOKAndy RushworthCSC4DNS
10thLASER RADIALKeith MitchellCSC118
11thRS AERO 7Graham PlattHSC10DNS
12thLASERMike GreenlandCSC12DNS

Next Interclub Racing will be 28th May - 10.30am start.

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