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Illusion Weekend Racing at Bembridge Sailing Club

by Alexis Dogilewski 18 Dec 2017 14:12 GMT 16-17 December 2017

Saturday 16th December was a cold and crispy but sunny morning which accounted for the lack of competitors; also the start of the first was due at 0900. With a delay of 16 minutes owing to some still sleepy unshaven sailors tardiness the race committee got the racing under way.

Seven competitors led by the class captain were given 5 two lap races. The weather was clement the wind blowing a steady 8-12 knots from West to Nor-west or 270-310. Needless to say all 5 five races were won by Mark Downer but the racing for the lower order was very competitive.

Saturday Results:

1. Mark Downer, 5pts
2. Alistair Speare Cole, 16pts
3. Admiral Robin Ebsworth, 20pts
4. Andrew Eddy, 22pts
5. Mike Toogood, 22pts
6. Jonathan N-Luxmore, 25pts
7. Charlie N-Luxmore, 35pts

The next day Sunday 17th December racing was due at 0930 there was a delay caused by tardiness and a lack of wind. The race committee was graced by the Class Captain Mark Downer and a bar of chocolate. The day started cold, still freezing but overcast. The wind was a light 3 knots flicking around between 180 and 270.

The first race got under way slowly it was only for the patient and those with new sails after the first lap; the windward marks were brought in to shorten the length of the course. Bruce Huber won the race with Mike Toogood coming second and Justin Biddle 3rd. After readjusting the course the second race started at 1040 it was won by Philip Bown with Justine Biddle 2nd and Bruce Huber 3rd. The wind had now picked up to 6 knots and backed to a southerly the committee boat moved to accommodate a better course. All marks re-laid the leeward marks were place just off the Duvver close to the dog walkers and their dogs. The class captain, who had by this time taken over the responsibility of the mark laying, was hoping to see if a friendly canine would take the helm. The next two races were won by Bruce Huber with Richard Ambler and Justine Biddle 2nd and 3rd respectively. In the last race 3 boats failed to compete owing to a Christmas lunch at the Bembridge Sailing Club.

Sunday Results:

1. Bruce Huber, 5pts
2. Justine Biddle, 11pts
3. Philip Bown, 18pts
4. Richard Ambler, 20pts
5. Andrew Eddy, 22pts
6. Alastair Speare Cole, 23pts
7. Mike Toogood, 25pts
8. Jonathan N-Luxmore, 32pts
9. Admiral Robin Ebsworth, 34pts
10. Charlie N-Luxmore, 35pts

The class had an honourable showing on Wednesday 13th night on More 4 in Penelope Keith's Coastal Villages. Next weekend 23/24 Decembear is the Christmas Cracker regatta.

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