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Ancasta IRC South West Championships at Flushing Sailing Club - Day 1

by Dave Owens 30 Jun 2018 20:31 BST 29 June - 1 July 2018

Day 1 of the Ancasta IRC South West Championships hosted by the popular Flushing Sailing Club provided champagne sailing conditions for the competitors and an uncomfortable swell for the Race Officials in an easterly breeze in Falmouth Bay. Three races were held for each of the three competing classes comprising two windward leeward courses in the Bay before a Regatta course was held into the Carrick Roads finishing just off Flushing.

Racing was close in each of the three fleets with Insatiable the modified and turboed Mumm 30 of Tim Cunliffe winning Class 1 for the day with two wins and a second. Memory of the day was Tim's daughter sailing on her grandfathers boat giving her Dad the loser hand signal as they beat Insatiable around the windward mark in the last race of the day despite being in a slower boat starting five minutes later. Second for the day was Jalabeno, a J92 owned by Martin & Samantha English who had two seconds and a first.

Class 2 had a good fleet including a couple of half tonners and three Sigma 33s and a bit of seasickness ! John Allen on Antix topped the fleet out for the day with two firsts and a second followed by John & Jane Hicks and crew on their half tonner Rampage with a first, a second and a seventh.

Class 3 is led by Chris Jelliss on his Sonata, a Little Trifle, scoring well with two first and a third followed by Event Director Bob Chapple sailing his GK24 – Wilkie.

The popular Dick of the Day winner was won by the skipper of a nameless boat who managed to wrap the pin end well and truly around the keel and rudder, blaming the Race Officer.

After the days racing surprisingly many of the crew fancied the Pasty Supper which was held prior to the prize-giving. The days racing and prizes were generously sponsored by Mylor Chandlery & Rigging and Managing Director Paul Pullen presented the prizes in a busy Clubhouse after the racing.

Racing continues on Saturday 30th June and Sunday 1st July.

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