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Highcliffe Sailing Club Icicle Open Series - Day 2

by Sarah Desjonqueres 5 Feb 2018 13:54 GMT 4 February 2018

Highcliffe SC Icicle Open series races 3&4 served up a rather spicy, sometimes hairy and for some very wet, brace of races yesterday.

Clear blue skies and the promise of some proper wind to play with called 25 boats to the start line and with the Icicle finally living up to its name our intrepid sailors donned gear that wouldn't have been out of place on the pistes. The cause of the bite in the air was an arctic F3 - F5 North Easterly, which for the most part seemed relatively benign but as the morning wore on sporadically delivered patches of swirling fleet flatteners which marched across Christchurch Harbour turning broad reaches tight and trying to cartwheel running Lasers. Seriously great fun to photograph!

Race one got off to a clean start but the erratic winds that were to shape the morning's racing had already started to show their teeth flicking CSC Atkins Finn into a spin and giving us the first swim of the day. Up front, in a borrowed Aero 9, kindly brought by LTSC Barton, CSC Acton had got off to a flying start and for the first 2 legs of the race led the way, holding off the master Barton (Aero 7), albeit with a larger sail, tightly chased around by CSC's Percival (Finn) and Philips (Finn). Finally letting his lead slip at the leeward mark, Barton then took over at the front gradually extending his lead for the remainder of the race and despite the efforts of Acton and Percival, took the win on the water and on correction leaving Percival to take 2nd place and Acton, 3rd (6th on correction). Putting in a fantastic performance in her 4.7 rig was MSC Challener who successfully navigated the vicious gusts and worked hard both rounds earning herself 3rd place on correction.

The really cold water, icy blasts and unpredictability of the weather, sought to undo several sailors and the start line for the second race had dwindled to 18 boats. The wind had also picked up a notch and the race team found themselves swapping the camera for rescue duties. Again the race belonged to Barton, untouchable from start to finish, Percival and Atkins did their utmost to hunt him down finishing their race within 3 seconds of each other and it was only CSC Barnes (4.7) who managed to do any damage, working hard and respectfully earning 2nd position on correction nudging Percival down into 3rd place in the end. MSC Reid (Radial) put in a good show but was unable to quite match his previous performance of 3rd and 2nd places ending the races with highly honourable 4th and 5th places.

Across the harbour, the wind had decided to have fun, ramping up the volume and wreaking havoc on every leg. Several dinghies opted for a DNF and the safe haven of the clubhouse, although some were less fortunate and took several swims before they found the finish line and could head for home. All in all, pretty exciting day out on the water and we are all looking forward to races 5&6... aren't we? Next 2 Icicle Open races will take place 17th February at 11am at Highcliffe SC in Christchurch Harbour.

Results after Day 2:

PosClassSail NoClubHelmR1R2R3R4Pts
1stRS Aero 72093Lymington Town SCPeter Barton-11113
2ndLaser 4.7186027Christchurch SCDrew Barnes43-1329
3rdLaser Radial184297Mudeford SCTim Reid324-59
4thFinn635Christchurch SCS. Percival11-122316
5thFinn581Christchurch SCA. Atkins12-145421
6thFinn42Christchurch SCRichard Philips-18167831
7thLaser Radial130162Highcliffe SCCharles Fowler14.59-20932.5
8thLaser Radial723Highcliffe SCLorrian Wells131012-1435
9thRS Aero 71490Highcliffe SCGraham Platt14.51110(DNF)35.5
10thRS Aero 72157Lymington Town SCN. Rolfe25(DNC)DNC43
11thLaser 4.7191328Mudeford SCJane Challener(DNC)DNC3645
12thRS Aero 72318Lymington Town SCKarl Thorne54(DNC)DNC45
13thRS Aero 72114 F. Gamboa66(DNC)DNC48
14thFinnNo numberChristchurch SCJack Arnell77(DNC)DNC50
15thRS Aero 71176 A. Williams(DNC)DNC9752
16thOK67Christchurch SCAndy Rushworth98(DNC)DNC53
17thRS Aero 92083Christchurch SCJack Acton(DNC)DNC61355
18thLaser Radial166027Christchurch SCJenny Barnes171721(DNC)55
19thFinn69Christchurch SCCy Grisley813(DNC)DNC57
20thFinn8Christchurch SCRussell New(DNC)DNC111158
21stLaser Radial204538Christchurch SCA. Dwyer(DNC)DNC141060
22ndTopper29930Christchurch SCSam Acton201823(DNC)61
23rdFinn577Christchurch SCRoddy Steel1615(DNC)DNC67
24thSolo4231Highcliffe SCStuart James2119DNF(DNC)67
25thLaser Radial172130Highcliffe SCPete Emerson(DNC)DNC16DNF70
26thLaser91113Highcliffe SCDave Burrows(DNC)DNC221573
27thLaser Radial208469Highcliffe SCHamish Scott-Dalgeish(DNC)DNCDNF1275
28thLaser 4.772235Christchurch SCSue Haynes(DNC)DNC8DNC80
29th42051750 J. George10(DNC)DNCDNC82
30thLaser18Mudeford SCWilliam Lack(DNC)DNC15DNC87
31stLaser160012Highcliffe SCJohn Phelps(DNC)DNC17DNC89
32ndLaser Radial162788Christchurch SCMike Greenland(DNC)DNC18DNC90
33rdDart Sprint 151412Highcliffe SCSteve Midgley(DNC)DNC19DNC91
34thFinn722Keyhaven YCSimon Moss19(DNC)DNCDNC91
35thFinn12Christchurch SCTom Johna Russell(DNC)DNCDNFDNC99

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