Please select your home edition
Edition
Grapefruit Graphics 2019 - Leaderboard
Product Feature
Os22 Gill OS2 Graphite package Deal
Os22 Gill OS2 Graphite package Deal
Boat Insurance from Noble Marine


Full racing risks
New for old cover
www.noblemarine.co.uk

Chichester Yacht Club Frozen Toe Series - Day 3

by Mark Green 9 Dec 2018 20:51 GMT 26 November 2018
Chichester Frozen Toe Series final day © CYC

The final day of this year's frozen toe series was forecast to have strong winds decaying through the day. The Race officer and race committee exchanged many emails over the weekend trying to decide whether to go ahead with the event. In the end, the morning wind was lower than feared but more than enough for an exciting sail.

Due to the forecast the number of competitors was lower than previous weeks, but not surprisingly a healthy number of Merlins chose to sail.

The race officer, Martin Orton, assisted by members of the CYC Solo and Laser Fleets, laid a trapezium course with the committee boat close to the marina, and the windward mark close to the shore on the west side of the lake. Fortunately, the wind fixed on a Westerly direction, giving the racers a relatively long beat, and avoiding the trees on the far bank which cause the wind to shift.

In race 5, the fast fleet were quickly up the beat and launching spinnakers on the reach. There were a number of early capsizes as the helms struggled with the gusts. On the downwind leg, the helms were all hanging over the transom of the boat to lift the bow and minimise drag. The RS400 sailed by Steve and Sarah Cockerill was especially quick on the downwind legs, with some spectacular gybes, they built a lead over the chasing Merlins. Unfortunately on the last lap, they suffered a catastrophic failure, when their mast broke in two just above the spreaders. Impressively, they managed to control the boat and sail it back into the beach with a safety boat flanking them. The race was won by Tim Saxton and Holly Scott from Itchenor SC.

In race 6, the remaining fleet was further reduced such that only four boats finished, with another merlin from Itchenor taking the prize sailed by Neale Jones and Isabel Fitzgerald.

In the Medium fleet there was some impressive sailing and more than a few capsizes, including on one downwind run a gust caused a Devoti D-Zero to pitch-pole (the sailing equivalent of a forward somersault). At the end of the day Felpham's Liam Vass had taken both races in his Aero7. In the first race Ian and Sarah Yardley took second in their 2000.

The Slow fleet was reduced to two boats, who battled their way around a slightly smaller triangle course. Felpham's Alfie Lester took both races, followed by CYC's Ollie Randall-May.

Series Results

After the races were completed, and the sailors had recovered with mulled wine and mince pies, CYC's rear commodore, Alastair Jenkin conducted the prize giving.

In the Slow Fleet, first place overall went to Alfie Lester, followed by Ollie Randall-May and in third place Charlie Gran.

In the Medium Fleet, 27 competitors had taken part in the series, but the winners were Iain and Sarah Yardley, followed by Liam Vass and in third place Toby Schofield. The highest placed CYC sailor was Ian Payne in fourth place.

In the fast fleet, Steve and Sarah Cockerill took the series despite their breakages on the final day, followed by Jack Holden and Tom Harrison in their Merlin and in third place Neale Jones and Isabel Fitzgerald.

Frozen Toe Trophy Winners

CYC award an overall prize to the winner of the series using a formula that requires a complex spreadsheet to calculate. After some technical problems, the CYC computer decided that the overall winners of the Frozen Toe Trophy 2018 were Iain and Sarah Yardley from Silver Wings SC.

Full results and many more photos can be found on cyc.co.uk/openraceresults

The next open meeting at CYC will be on the 6th January when we start the Snowflake Series, where visitors are very welcome!

Related Articles

Lasers at Chichester
South Coast Grand Prix Series finale After gales on Friday, and high winds forecast again for Sunday, Saturday brought a lull in the wind. Unfortunately it also brought a damp mist and minimal wind. Some keen Laser sailors made their way to CYC hoping for sailable conditions Posted on 14 Oct
Chichester Yacht Club Dinghy Week 2019
Fun, sun, sailing, barbecues, quizzes and discos CYC's dinghy week started on Wednesday with a "blow the cobwebs off" force 5. The lake area was full of boats, with the 'start to race' coaching courses being closely monitored by their instructors. Posted on 6 Aug
Solos and Europes at Chichester
Beautiful summer sunshine The Chichester Yacht Club Solo and Europe Open was held on the 6th July in beautiful summer sunshine, with the early light wind reinforced by a southerly sea breeze. Posted on 7 Jul
Chichester Yacht Club Regatta
Exciting racing for those brave enough to participate The regatta at Chichester Yacht Club provided some exciting racing for those brave enough to participate. Posted on 18 Jun
2000s at Chichester
A challenge to set the first course With a forecast of a maximum wind speed of 4 knots and a predicted shift of 180 degrees it didn't bode too well for the 2000 open at CYC on Saturday 18th of May, giving the Race Officers something of a challenge to set the first course. Posted on 19 May
Rooster Optimist Southern Travellers at Chichester
It was hard work up the beats for 48 competitors 18 competitors in main fleet braved the strong and gusty wind at Chichester Yacht Club for the Rooster Optimist Southern Traveller Series Open Meeting. Posted on 15 May
Merlin Rocket Craftinsure Silver Tiller Round 3
37 boats for the first Silver Tiller of the year held in under 20 knots After many weeks of big breeze Chichester was the first Silver Tiller of the year held in under 20 knots. With 37 boats and spring tides it was going to be a fun packed day out. Posted on 25 Mar
Hadron H2s at Chichester
First decision of the day was how many layers to risk A fleet of ten Hadron H2s joined their slightly wider sisters, the Merlin Rockets, at Chichester Yacht Club for the joint open meeting on 23rd March. The day had dawned rather overcast and the first decision of the day was how many layers to risk. Posted on 24 Mar
Chichester YC Snowflake Series overall
Temperature easily into double digits and a bright blue sky After the -3 degC ice-breaking of races 5 & 6, the final event in this year's Snowflake couldn't have been more different. With the race due to start at 13:30, the competitors had a leisurely arrival for a very spring-like day at CYC. Posted on 25 Feb
Chichester YC Snowflake Series day 3
Loud crunching noises on the way to the start line Chichester's Snowflake races 5&6 required an early start for the 26 competitors. With temperatures showing -3C as they arrived and very light wind forecast, it was not very surprising that the numbers were down on previous weeks. Posted on 3 Feb