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Highcliffe Sailing Club Icicle Open Series - Overall

by Sarah Desjonqueres 5 Mar 2018 13:52 GMT 4 March 2018

There was much race cancellation discussion going on last week between the sailing clubs as the harbour froze over and we all peered through frosted windows at the vast whiteness of the great Siberian ice monster outside. It was with a mixture of relief and surprise to find that 48 hours after the biggest snowfall in a decade, the desolate tundra outside had melted away and transformed into a sunny, spring morning - snow? What snow?

Come Sunday then, Highcliffe SC and Mudeford SC, in a joint venture, were pleased to be able to run the last 2 races of the series, in really quite pleasant conditions. Again, our Icicle Open was well attended, with a final tally of 51 boats signing on over the 8 races. In a change at the top this year, the first 6 races were dominated by Lymington Town SC, Pete Barton's RS Rocket, sorry, Aero, which came, saw and conquered in style.

But with the LTSC Aero Army absent this Sunday, the door was left wide open for the Christchurch Finn Display Team (plus KYC Simon Moss) to strut their stuff and fill the harbour with pace and extravagant roll gybes and with 8 of them coming out to play, they presented a force to be reckoned with.

Both morning races got away cleanly with the FInns promptly leading the way each time to the (slightly drifting) windward mark sitting just off the Beach House Cafe, race 1 headed by CSC New and race 2 by CSC Percival. Peeping out between this mylar wall for both races, however, was MSC John Challener's Radial rig vying for position amongst the bigger boats. Not far behind him and leading the Laser charge was MSC Lack (Laser) heading up a tightly packed line of Radials and 4.7 rigs, with HSC Gibson's RS Feva and MSC Shell's Topper bringing some colour to the harbour.

Both races were tightly contested, capsize free affairs with both New and Percival not relinquishing their lead on the water from start to finish. That said however, the Sailor of the Day hat goes to John Challener, whose dogged determination (perhaps fuelled by wanting to beat his sister) earned him two top spot finishes, impressively claiming both wins with almost a minute to spare (after correction) on the the lead Finns. These victories pushed New down into second place and Moss (Finn) into third position for race 1.

Not wanting to be outdone and putting in a sterling performance for both races was MSC Jane Challener, who bagged herself a fourth place for race 1 and a highly respectable second position in race 2, leaving Percival to settle for third place in the end. Lack put in a great performance both races and sailed for home with a fifth place finish for the last race of the series, just 30 seconds behind 4th placed Moss.

And that wraps it up, a lovely sunny morning to end our Icicle Open Series on. Thanks again to MSC Mike Roach for running the last 2 races from HSC and to everyone who turned up over the series and braved the winter weather and of course, a big congratulations to LTSC Peter Barton, who with 4 wins and 2 second place finishes, takes this year the Icicle Open Crown!

Overall Results:

1stRS Aero 7Peter BartonLymington Town SC112112(DNC)(DNC)8
2ndLaser RadialTim ReidMudeford SC3255319(DNC)(DNC)37
3rdFinnS. PercivalChristchurch SC111233(DNC)(DNC)6338
4thFinnA. AtkinsChristchurch SC12146473(DNC)(DNC)46
5thLaser 4.7Jane ChallenerMudeford SC(DNC)(DNC)4624184258
6thFinnRichard PhilipsChristchurch SC‑18‑16108121212.5963.5
7thFinnRoddy SteelChristchurch SC1615(DNC)(DNC)14651066
8thLaser RadialCharles FowlerHighcliffe SC14.59‑21919‑2071371.5
9thLaser RadialLorrian WellsHighcliffe SC131013141815(DNC)(DNC)83
10thFinnJack ArnellChristchurch SC77(DNC)(DNC)4511DNC86
11thFinnRussell NewChristchurch SC(DNC)(DNC)12112310151586
12thLaser RadialPete EmersonHighcliffe SCOODOOD16(DNF)‑2114171187
13thFinnSimon MossKeyhaven YC19(DNC)(DNC)DNC893495
14thRS Aero 7Graham PlattHighcliffe SC14.51111DNF2225(DNC)(DNC)101.5
15thLaser 4.7Drew BarnesChristchurch SC4312(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC114
16thFinnRay NewChristchurch SC(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC5127119
17thLaser RadialJohn ChallenerMudeford SC(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC6811120
18thFinnCy GrisleyChristchurch SC813(DNC)(DNC)27DNCDNC134
19thLaser 4.7Sue HaynesChristchurch SC(DNC)(DNC)8DNC26221917144
20thLaserJohn PhelpsHighcliffe SC(DNC)(DNC)17DNC27261614152
21stSoloStuart JamesHighcliffe SC2119DNF(DNC)2523(DNC)DNC167
22ndTopperSam ActonChristchurch SC201823(DNC)2827(DNC)DNC168
23rdLaserDave BurrowsHighcliffe SC(DNC)(DNC)22151321DNCDNC175
24thLaserWilliam LackMudeford SC(DNC)(DNC)15DNCDNCDNC95185
25thLaser RadialJenny BarnesChristchurch SC171718(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNC208
26thLaser RadialMike GreenlandChristchurch SC(DNC)(DNC)19DNCDNCDNC2116212
27thRS Aero 7N. RolfeLymington Town SC25(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC215
28thRS Aero 7Karl ThorneLymington Town SC54(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC217
29thRS Aero 7F. GamboaLymington Town SC66(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC220
30thRS 300Chris ArnellChristchurch SC(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC104DNCDNC222
31stRS Aero 7A. WilliamsMudeford SC(DNC)(DNC)97DNCDNCDNCDNC224
32ndOKAndy RushworthChristchurch SC98(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC225
33rdRS Aero 9Jack ActonChristchurch SC(DNC)(DNC)713DNCDNCDNCDNC228
34thFinnPete Bail (DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC911DNCDNC228
35thFinnMerrick GillChristchurch SC(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC148230
36thLaser RadialA. DwyerChristchurch SC(DNC)(DNC)1410DNCDNCDNCDNC232
37thFinnLawrence PetersChristchurch SC(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC16DNC10DNC234
38thFinnHurstChristchurch SC(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC226236
39thLaser 4.7Abi HaylesChristchurch SC(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC8DNF236
40thLaser RadialKeith MitchellChristchurch SC(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC1812238
41stLaserAlan DalzielMudeford SC(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC1713DNCDNC238
42ndLaserR. AnnettHighcliffe SC(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC1516DNCDNC239
43rdRS Feva XLAlex/Jane GibsonHighcliffe SC(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC20DNC12.5DNC240.5
44thLaserJack ActonChristchurch SC(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC1124DNCDNC243
45thLaser RadialHamish Scott‑DalgeishHighcliffe SC(DNC)(DNC)DNF12DNCDNCDNCDNC247
46thLaser RadialGlen TizzardChristchurch SC(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNF18250
47thTopaz 16SPaul GristHighcliffe SC(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC2917DNCDNC254
48th420J&H George 10(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC270
49thTopperPaul SnellMudeford SC(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC20DNC280
50thDart Sprint 15Steve MidgleyHighcliffe SC(DNC)(DNC)20DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC280
51stFinnTom Johna RussellChristchurch SC(DNC)(DNC)DNFDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC287

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