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Marblehead GAMES1 Event at Chipstead Sailing Club

by Peter Crisp 24 Jan 2018 11:22 GMT 20 January 2018

The Marblehead radio sailing members visited Chipstead SC for the first GAMES event on the 20th January 2018. There were twenty entries, but due to flu, sixteen came to the start line. Marblehead skippers from ten clubs were made very welcome indeed to the first M&S interclub event of the season. Peter Crisp even greeted everyone individually as they arrived at the entrance to the car park.

Although it was a cold damp drizzly day, Chipstead Lake provided a long course with light consistent north easterly winds. This gave some excellent conditions for racing throughout the day, with enough variation in direction to make the beats interesting.

Race officer, Dave Allinson and his team handled the racing very well and was able to run 11 races consisting of two laps of a 150 metre windward beat course that was close to the control area along its whole length. The wide start line helped to prevent incidents and there was only one general recall.

Throughout the day the racing was very close with five different race winners, culminating in only 3 points between the first three overall and only 15 points difference covering the middle of the fleet. A win in the first race by Roger Stollery using his new UP design was followed by wins for Peter Stollery sailing an UPROAR, Tony Edwards, Colin Goodman sailing GRUNGEs and Hugh McAdoo sailing a PRIME NUMBER. The lunch break was welcomed, giving an opportunity to get warm and enjoy sausages, chip and beans and a hot drink, laid on especially by the Chipstead SC Radio Sailing members.

Assistant race officer, Garven McKie, kept the racing going with back to back races. The afternoon period produced similar results, but no one skipper managed to dominate.

Overall it was an enjoyable and good natured day's racing for all those who attended. Special thanks were given by the prize-winners to Dave Allinson, who managed the racing well and organised a team from Chipstead SC Radio Sailing for scoring, observing, catering etc. as well as making a good photographic record of the event.

There is no doubt that this radio sailing club has fantastic facilities, very well suited to running big events with a large lake with good access on the banks and the clubhouse and excellent launching facilities right in the centre of the activity.

After the prize giving for this event, Roger Stollery presented the Midgley Mug for the overall winner of the 2017 GAMES series to Peter Stollery.

Chipstead SC Marblehead GAMES 1 Event 2018 Results:

1st Peter Stollery (Guildford) UPROAR 19pts
2nd Tony Edwards (Yeovil) GRUNGE 21pts
3rd Colin Goodman (Coal House Fort) GRUNGE 22pts
4th Hugh MCAdoo (Datchet Water) PRIME NUMBER 38pts
5th Roger Stollery (Guildford) UP 52pts
6th Martin Crysell (Guildford) PRIME NUMBER 58pts
7th Trevor Binks (Eastbourne) PRIME NUMBER 64pts
8th Phil Holliday (Datchet Water) NIOUTRAM 70pts
9th John Shorrock (Datchet Water) QUARK 73pts
10th Nick Ennion (Harwich & Dovercourt) QUARK 84pts
11th Peter Crisp (Chipstead) STARKERS CUBED 84pts
12th John Cleave (Ryde) SKALPEL 86pts
13th Alan Viney (Guildford) PRIME NUMBER 89pts
14th Peter Popham (Three Rivers) CREAM CRACKER 109pts
15th Terry Rensch (Datchet Water) QUARK 111pts
16th Alf Reynolds (Chelmsford) PARADOX 148pts

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