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Alton Water 2019 Fox's Chandlery Frostbite Series - Week 7

by Jenny Pavey 22 Feb 13:12 GMT 17 February 2019

At last we had near-perfect conditions for week 7 of this nine-week series; a gentle (no need for sausage roll fuel for Matt in his Phantom this week!) and slightly fickle, force 2-3 southerly which was forecast to veer to the south-west but actually backed slightly to a south south-easterly. It was sunny and mild and the only slight negative was that the wind being from anywhere in the south limits the length of the second windward leg.

Just over 60 boats turned out, a good number considering it was half-term and some were away, and with racing back on schedule after the previous weeks' three-race catch ups, two slightly longer than usual races were completed. As has happened regularly in this series, the large and very competitive Asymmetric fleet (18 RS200s, four RS800s, three 29ers and a Laser Vago) just couldn't contain their excitement at being on the water again after a week at work or school and had a general recall, starting under a black flag in the first race.

The wind increased slightly for the second race and the marks were shifted to reflect the slight change of direction and, although the layout of the course remained the same, three Laser sailors who were not concentrating (perhaps due to heatstroke, or at least bright sunshine), missed out a mark in the second race and subsequently retired. The shifty, fluctuating breeze meant that race wins were spread throughout the fleets this week, and no-one won both races in their fleet.

The series leaders remain the same as last week apart from the Slow fleet where Alissa and Jorja Marshall have taken the lead in their RS Feva from Hazel Whittle and Gwen Thorogood in the Cadet.

Four races remain and the forecast for this Sunday looks good again.

We can reveal that after fourteen races, with results taken from the overall (not fleet) results of the top three performers from each club, the three highest-placed, battling it out to be top club are:
1st - Brightlingsea Sailing Club 275.5 points
2nd - Waldringfield Sailing Club 290.5 points
3rd - Alton Water Sports Centre 391.5 point

Full results of the series so far can be found at

Tim Bees' photos can be seen at and there are more photos on the Alton water Sailing Facebook page.

Week 7 Results - top three:

1FastAlan Krailing/Pete NicholsonMerlin RocketBrightlingsea SC21
2FastRobert PortwayPhantomAlton Water SC13
3FastMatt HousePhantomAlton Water SC42
1AsymmetricDave Conlon/Sarah BinesRS200Brightlingsea SC61
1AsymmetricIan Videlo/Alyson VideloRS200Waldringfield SC16
3AsymmetricAdam Fuller/Aaron WoolfRS200Waldringfield SC53
1LaserGraham IrelandStandardRoyal Harwich SC51
2LaserMark SchofieldStandardAlton Water SC42
3LaserMartin HawkesStandardWaldringfield SC63
1MediumHarry Pynn/Gemma CookLarkWaldringfield SC11
2MediumJohn BallSoloBrightlingsea SC62
3MediumBen PowellRS Aero 7Alton Water SC26
1SlowAlissa Marshall/Jorja MarshallRS Feva XLAlton Water SC12
2SlowWilliam ThorogoodTopperOrwell YC61
3SlowHazel Whittle/Gwen ThorogoodCadetWaldringfield SC34
4SlowDaisy Nunn/Oscar BushCadetWaldringfield SC25

Series leaders after 14 races:

FastRobert PortwayPhantomAlton Water SC
AsymmetricStephen Videlo/Ethan DaveyRS200Waldringfield SC
Laser Graham IrelandStandardRoyal Harwich YC
MediumTom Stewart/Charlotte StewartNational 12Royal Harwich YC
SlowAlissa Marshall/Jorja MarshallRS Feva XLAlton Water SC/RHS

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