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Sea Interclub Series at Highcliffe Sailing Club

by Sarah Desjonqueres & Chris Arnell 30 May 2017 08:08 BST 14 May 2017

Fluky conditions test sea sailors

Despite a rather limp forecast, Christchurch SC, Mudeford SC and Highcliffe SC all met up in Christchurch Bay for races 5 &6 of their Sea Interclub Series. Like a pre race warm up, just getting down the Run and out to sea with light SE winds fighting a strong flood tide saw everyone arrive at the start line battle ready and raring to go. With the wind turning out to be better than expected, although still light, it made for some challenging upwind conditions against the chop but after getting away to a clean start it was Christchurch's Atkins (Finn) who lead the charge to the windward mark, with fellow sailor Arnell (OK) and Acton (Laser) tucked in tightly behind.

Racing a square course, Mudeford's Reid (Radial) kept in close contact with the 3 leading boats with Highcliffe's Wells (Radial) and Bell (Europe) maintaining touching distance throughout. It was Atkins however who never relinquished his lead from start to finish taking the line honours after 3 laps followed in by Arnell who finished just 24 seconds ahead of Acton. Despite the close racing however, on correction Atkins had not done quite enough handing the win to team mate Arnell, with Reid's persistence gaining him a 2nd place with Acton keeping his hard earned 3rd place.

With a heavy pin end bias attracting all the sailors to one end of the line, the start of the second race saw some start line argy bargy as several boats tried to squeeze in and claim their spot at the mark. For a moment it looked like Reid was set to 'win the pin' but Acton's attempts to dive into the gap ended in both boats being pushed head to wind. It was Reid who recovered first, tacking on to port and getting away from the line leaving Acton to pay his dues and complete his 360. Choosing to avoid the fun and games by starting at the Committee Boat end were Bell and Arnell who got both a clean start and clean wind and sped off to the windward mark.

The fickle light winds however were clearly getting bored and by the second round simply decided to go and play elsewhere. The Race Team crossed fingers and toes and let the fleet continue onto the last round but eventually hoisted the shortened course flag on the beat as the wind simply forgot to blow in small pockets of the bay. Acton, found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time, losing out to Bell and Reid as they recovered well capitalising on the slight wind shift in order to gain some places. It was Atkins lead, established from the start that served him well in the end, crossing the line with the dying puffs of wind as the rest of the fleet struggled to cross the line. In the end after correction race 6 of the series went to Atkins, with Bell in 2nd and Arnell clinging on to 3rd place.

Overall Results:

PosClassSail NoHelmClubPYR3R4R4R5Pts
1stLASER RADIAL184297Tim ReidMSC113911248
2ndOK21Chris ArnellCSC110422138
3rdEUROPE351Pete BellHSC1145345214
4thRS AERO 7 & 91490Graham PlattHSC107110DNS11624
5thLASER133424Mike GreenlandCSC109712DNSDNCDNC26
6thLASER RADIAL205316Chris PerryHSC1139DNFDNSDNCDNC28
7thLASER RADIAL208469Hamish Scott DalgleishHSC11398371129
8thLASER RADIAL723Lorrian WellsHSC1139976729
9thFinn581Aley AtkinsCSC DNCDNC4135
10thLASER RADIAL178768Keith MitchellCSC113911891038
11thLaser Std208853Jack ActonCSC DNCDNC3538
12thLASER91113David BurrowsHSC10975.56DNCDNC43.5
13thLASER RADIAL160012John PhilpsHSC113975DNCDNC44
14thSplash1118S HerringCSC DNCDNC8846
15thRS VISION1050Russell NewCSC11285.59DNCDNC46.5
16thOK67Andy RushworthCSC11044DNSDNCDNC50
17thSplash741Ella MillerCSC DNCDNC12951
18thLaser Rad162788Peter HowardCSC DNCDNC101252
19thRS Vision1050Russell NewCSC DNCDNC131457
20thLaser Rad179672Richard HuntCSC DNCDNC141357
21stPhantom1017Mark SmithHSC DNCDNC151560

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