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Alton Water 2019 Fox's Chandlery Frostbite Series - Week 8

by Jenny Pavey 1 Mar 2019 18:20 GMT 24 February 2019

Be careful what you wish for! The penultimate day of this nine-week series brought a beautiful Spring day with ideal conditions at Alton Water for stand-up paddle-boarding, walking, cycling and anything else that didn't involve the need for wind. The water was blue, the sky was blue but the wind didn't blow.

Most sailors didn't bother to rig their boats or get changed and with no wind appearing in time for a first start by 12, the decision was made that there would be no racing that day. Instead, the Committee Boat team took the opportunity to drag Stewart who does the results every week, out of his cupboard for a boat trip round the reservoir.

With no possibility of fitting in a catch-up race this Sunday, just two races remain, followed by the series prize-giving, generously sponsored by Fox's Chandlery for the main awards and Typhoon for the best-placed club prizes.

Wind (and possibly rain) is forecast, so it is possible that, with one more discard coming into play, the series leaders could change at the last minute, particularly in the Fast, Laser and Slow fleets where points are close at the top, so we are looking forward to an exciting finale.

Full results of the series so far can be found at www.altonwater.co.uk/index.php?pid=167&series=480&full_series_fleet=480

Tim Bees' photos from the previous week can be seen at www.flickr.com/photos/144523097@N07/albums/72157689779481133 and there are more photos on the Alton water Sailing Facebook page.

Here is a reminder of the results as they stand;

Top club after 14 races:

1st - Brightlingsea Sailing Club 275.5 points
2nd - Waldringfield Sailing Club 290.5 points
3rd - Alton Water Sports Centre 391.5 point

Series leaders after 14 races:

ClassHelm/CrewBoatClub
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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