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Alton Water 2019 Fox's Chandlery Frostbite Series - Week 3

by Jenny Pavey 25 Jan 11:13 GMT 20 January 2019
Water at the mark during Alton Water Fox's Chandlery Frostbite Series week 3 © Tim Bees

We could say what a difference a week makes again in this roller-coaster series of extremes! Week three dawned cold and brighter, with very little breeze from the north and an expectation that it would veer north-east that didn't materialise.

Fifty-four boats took to the water but with a smaller fast fleet but expanded slow fleet from the previous week's much windier conditions. Many of the sailors might have appreciated some of the gusts they experienced in races 3 and 4 but at least the very light wind slowed their approach to the start line, meaning there were no general recalls this week, though some who weren't on the ball with the flags and hoots during the start sequences or were catching up on the gossip under-estimated how long it might take them to get to the start. The newly-decorated more visible pin-end buoy, may have helped as well.

There was just enough wind for a second, shorter race before the wind died. The wind strength has been so varied in this series to date that some competitors have multiple entries and are changing boat or rig according to the conditions, knowing it means that they won't be in the prizes at the end, while others are choosing to 'grin and bear it' in the hope that at least some of the races will be to their liking.

Conditions were certainly good for our regular photographer, Tim Bees, to get some excellent shots from his drone.

There is close competition at the top of most of the fleets after six races, with a tie at the top of the Laser fleet and the Fast, Asymmetric and Medium fleet all seeing the series leaders only one point ahead of the second-placed boat, while in the Slow fleet the series leader has a three-point lead. With twelve races still to sail and six discards out of eighteen races, there is much still to play for.

Tim Bees' photos can be seen here and there are more photos on the Alton Water Sailing facebook page.

Race and series results to date can be found here.

Week 3 Highlight Results:

Helm/CrewBoatClubR5R6
Fast
Matt HousePhantomAlton Water SC11
Robert FordRS300Alton Water SC22
Asym
Stephen Videlo/Ethan DaveyRS200Waldringfield SC11
Dave Conlon/Sarah BinesRS200Brightlingsea SC22
Ian Videlo/Alyson VideloRS200Waldringfield SC43
Laser
Cameron HarrisStandardOrwell YC12
James DeatonStandardRoyal Harwich SC24
Harry WallheadStandardAlton Water SC81
Mark SchofieldStandardAlton Water SC45
Graham IrelandStandardRoyal Harwich SC36
Medium
Robin PageSoloBrightlingsea SC13
Gavin Johnson K1Alton Water SC42
Ben PowellRS Aero 7Alton Water SC71
Paul AldridgeSoloBrightlingsea SC26
Slow
Charlotte Leigh/Tom KrailingCadetWaldringfield SC12
Felix PowellRS Tera ProAlton Water SC24
Imogen PalmerRS Tera ProAlton Water SC53
Isobel Stewart/Chloe MorganCadetWaldringfield SC35
Alissa Marshall/Jonja MarshallRS Feva XLAlton Water SC81

Series Leaders: (after six races)

ClassHelm/CrewBoatClub
FastMatt HousePhantomAlton Water SC
AsymmetricStephen Videlo/Ethan DaveyRS200Waldringfield
Laser =Cameron Harris StandardOrwell YC
Laser =Harry WallheadStandardAlton Water SC
MediumAdrian PellsFinnHarwich Town
SlowFelix PowellRS Tera ProAlton Water SC

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