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Highcliffe Sailing Club Icicle Series - Day 3

by Sarah Desjonqueres 3 Feb 17:39 GMT 3 February 2019

You have to question the sanity of people who still decide to go out sailing when their dinghy mainsheets and boat covers are frozen solid, their daggerboard casings have blocks of ice inside so large that their plates won't go down and when they have to launch from a snow covered water's edge using the bow of the boat to break through the ice on the surface of the water. It smacks of an addiction or affliction at some level, I don't know. Still the sun was shining and the wind was thinking about showing up.

The cast list for today's races was somewhat depleted after last time's 36 dinghy line up; the RS Aeros had gone off to play elsewhere and the Keyhaven boys were having some logistical problems retrieving their masts from the newly refurbished gear store at their club (we shall say no more about that...), so it was just the usual suspects who carved their way past the icebergs up to the start line.

Now, after Icicle races 3&4 gave us sailors some excellent practice in countdown sequences and start line argy bargy, it seems reasonable to assume that we were all now all well versed in how to start in a harbour with more obstacles than space, right?. Wrong. The word on the beach was that the course was to be sailed in a clockwise direction, with the first leg heading over to the Beach house before freeing off to reach up the channel. And, this is what we dutifully did, well, what some of us dutifully did, but it seems alas, a miscommunication somewhere down the line had translated the course instructions to read anti-clockwise and half the fleet dribbled over the line in the 1 knot of wind available in the opposite direction to the other half of the fleet. Um, two hoots.

Back in sequence for start number two and most people still didn't know which way round the course we were supposed to go, and I am pretty sure I heard some bad language somewhere..... but with a minute to go, somehow we were all finally on the same page and clockwise it was. But after all the fuss, it barely mattered in the end, the wind had dropped to half a knot and the tide was flooding in at 3.

Most boats managed to drift over the start line at some point and Highcliffe's Platt (Aero 9) with his new go faster, aerodynamic beardless look, was enjoying the idea of actually being the first round the windward mark. Unfortunately for him, however, this wasn't to be and after most of the boats found themselves revisiting the start line, stern first, almost in defiance of RO Jim's order to sail clockwise, the decision was taken and it was 3 hoots from the Clubhouse and generally speaking, a sigh of relief across the fleet as racing was abandoned.

Time for cheese toasties and tea on land and maybe, maybe, she says with fingers crossed, the wind will finally show up for the last two races on 10th March so that this Aero sailor can get to use the 5 rig purchased for the usually really windy Icicle racing series that so far has yet to blow more than 3 knots.

Results as per 20th Jan 2019, Christchurch Alex Atkins in his Finn is still in the lead. Final two races of the Icicle Open Series will take place on 10th March at 10:30.

Series Results after day 3:

PosClassSail NoClubHelmR1R2R3R4Pts
1stFinn581Christchurch SCAlex Atkins124.5‑187.5
2ndFinn80Christchurch SCRay New261‑99
3rdLaser200227Highcliffe SCJames Rusden53‑6614
4thSolo5377Highcliffe SCSteve Waite410(DSQ)1327
5thFinn577Christchurch SCRoddy Steel7814‑1529
6thRS 300393Christchurch SCChris Arnell‑141113731
7thFinn42Christchurch SCRichard Phillips187(DSQ)1136
8thFinn20Christchurch SCAndy Denison34DSQ(DNC)44
9thLaser 4.7204013Christchurch SCFlynn Atkins1312(DSQ)1944
10thLaser 4.7184297Mudeford SCBen Reid151717‑2249
11thRS Aero 92427Burgfield SCNigel Rolfe(DNC)DNC3150
12thRS Aero 92549Lymington Town SCPeter Barton(DNC)DNC4.5252.5
13thRS Aero 92647Mudeford SCTim Reid(DNC)DNC2553
14thRS Aero 71897Highcliffe SCKen Fowler‑2019201655
15thLaser Radial86027Christchurch SCJenny Barnes16.51821‑3255.5
16thFinn635Christchurch SCSimon Percival65(DNC)DNC57
17thRS Aero 92502Burgfield SCPeter Chaplin(DNC)DNC8458
18thMirror S/H54271Christchurch SCKeith Barkway16.515(DSQ)2859.5
19thLaser Radial207571Christchurch SCChester Hendy222019‑2661
20thRS Aero 72318Lymington Town SCKarl Thorne(DNC)DNC71265
21stRS Aero 91336Lymington Town SCJoe Gallivan(DNC)DNC91065
22ndRS Aero 91490Highcliffe SCGraham Platt‑2323222065
23rdRS Aero 72571Highcliffe SCSarah Desjonqueres‑2525182366
24thFinn28Christchurch SCJack ArnellDSQ1DSQ(DNC)67
25thRS Aero 91120Spinnaker SCJae Jones129(DNC)DNC67
26thLaser Radial184297Mudeford SCTim Reid913(DNC)DNC68
27thRS Aero 92114Lee‑on‑Solent SCFernando Gamboa(DNC)DNC15869
28thLaser8Mudeford SCAlan Dalziel816(DNC)DNC70
29thFinn722Keyhaven SCSimon Moss(DNC)DNC101470
30thRS Aero 71637Highcliffe SCLorrian Wells1014(DNC)DNC70
31stLaser 4.7168091Christchurch SCSam Acton24(DNF)242573
32ndLaser156427Mudeford SCTom Reid(DNC)DNC111774
33rdRS Aero 72100Lymington Town SCJulie Willis1121(DNC)DNC78
34thTopper46982Christchurch SCElaine Browett272626‑3179
35thRS Aero 92369Lymington Town SCTom Ehler(DNC)DNC162183
36thFinn34Christchurch SCPeter Blick(DNC)DNC122785
37thRS Aero 92368Lymington Town SCNev Herbert(DNC)DNCDSQ386
38thLaser 4.772235Christchurch SCSue Haynes1924(DNC)DNC89
39thLaser 4.7207297Christchurch SCClair Von Wingerden2122(DNC)DNC89
40thSolo4231Christchurch SCGareth James(DNC)DNC252495
41stRS Aero 92223Stokes Bay SCMark Fox(DNC)DNC232998
42ndComet Duo142 D. Holter2627(DNC)DNC99
43rdOK741Christchurch SCEla Miller(DNC)DNC2730103
44thSolo3539Christchurch SCNick Woolley(DNC)DNC28DNC120
45thLaser208853Christchurch SCJack Acton(DNC)DNCDSQDNC129

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