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Alton Water 2019 Fox's Chandlery Frostbite Series - Overall

by Jenny Pavey 9 Mar 19:49 GMT 3 March 2019

Well, the 2019 Alton Water Frostbite Series certainly went out with a bang! We were not beaten by Beast from the East last year and we weren't beaten by Storm Freya this year either. The forecast for the last day of this nine-week series was very ominous and with the high winds and rain set to arrive any time from lunchtime onwards, the pressure was on to get racing under way as quickly as possible.

Just over forty slightly apprehensive sailors started the first race in a gusty force 3 southerly breeze, which steadily picked up during the course of the race. The plan was for a quick two-lap race but those who had ventured out looked as though they were enjoying themselves so much, having had racing cancelled due to lack of wind the previous week, that the Race Officer sent some of the fleets round for a third lap. There were several capsizes but most finished the race.

By the time the second race started, the wind had picked up considerably to a F4 5 with strong gusts and half a dozen or so decided to call it a day but over thirty stayed out for the grand finale which was shorter. Prize-giving followed swiftly and sailors were able to be home and warm before the worst of the storm hit East Anglia.

In the end, despite several of them not having their best races on the last day, all the fleet series leaders from week seven managed to hold on to their lead due to an additional discard kicking in, apart from Tom and Charlotte Stewart who couldn't do the last two races, so lost out to Matthew Taylor in his RS Aero 5 in the Medium fleet. There were ties at the top of the Fast and Laser fleets, with Robert Portway taking the series win from Alan Krailing/Peter Nicholson and Graham Ireland from Pete Kyne in the Lasers, on countback.

This series is a great way for sailors from across the region to get together during the winter, when there is no racing at their own clubs and this year was no exception with 107 entries from 14 different clubs across Suffolk and Essex, plus young sailors from the adjacent Royal Hospital School. The largest fleet was the Medium with 28 entries and 13 different classes represented, followed by the Asymmetrics, with 26 in total, including 18 very colourful and competitive RS200s. It was also good to see a Slow fleet of 24 boats, including Cadets, Toppers and RS Teras. Despite experiencing extremes of wind during the series, only two races were lost, so 16 out of 18 races were sailed with 5 discards.

The overall series winners were Stephen Videlo and Ethan Davey in their RS200 with Dave Conlon/Sarah Bines in an RS200 second and Pete Kyne in a Laser third. Best club was won by Brightlingsea Sailing Club, with their top three boats of Dave Conlon/Sarah Bines in an RS200, Pete Kyne in a Laser and Alan Krailing/Pete Nicholson in a Merlin Rocket. Waldringfield Sailing Club were second and Alton Water third.

Fox's Chandlery generously sponsored the main prizes and Typhoon provided prizes for the winning club team. The volunteer race team and results co-ordinator were thanked, as well as the Alton Water sailing centre and café staff. Big thanks too to Tim Bees, our stalwart photographer, who captured the highs and lows of the series with his dramatic shots.

Full results of the series so far can be found at

Tim Bees' photos from the final day can be seen at and there are more photos on the Alton Water Sailing Facebook page.

Special awards went to:

  • 1st Female Helm Alissa Marshall, RS Feva XL
  • Perseverance Trophy Benjamin Woodcock, Topper
  • Highest placed not in fleet prizes Glen Enkel/Celie Broomfield, Lark
Top 3 overall in each fleet:

PosHelm / CrewClubClassPts
1Robert PortwayAlton Water SCPhantom17.5
2Alan Krailing/Pete Nicholson Brightlingsea SC Merlin Rocket17.5
3Matthew HouseAlton Water SCPhantom20
1Stephen Videlo/Ethan DaveyWaldringfield SCRS20012
2David Conlon/Sarah BinesBrightlingsea SCRS20025
3Ian Videlo/Alyson VideloWaldringfield SCRS20039
1Graham IrelandRoyal Harwich YCStandard32
2Pete KyneBrightlingsea SCStandard32
3Harry WallheadAlton Water SCStandard41
1Matthew TaylorBrightlingsea SCRS Aero 535
2Ben PowellAlton Water SCRS Aero 742
3Adrian PellsHarwich Town SCFinn45
1Alissa Marshall/Jorja MarshallAlton Water SC/RHSRS Feva XL23
2Hazell Whittle/Gwen ThorogoodWaldringfield SCCadet26
3Imogen PalmerAlton Water SCRS Tera Pro36

Best Club: (Top three overall results to count)

1st Brightlingsea SC
2nd Waldringfield SC
3rd Alton Water SC

Results from the final day: (top 3 or 4 in each fleet)

Matt HousePhantomAlton Water SC21
Paul RossContenderShotley SC32
Robert PortwayPhantomAlton Water SC44
Alan Krailing/Pete NicholsonMerlin RocketBrightlingsea SC1DNC
Stephen Videlo/Ethan DaveyRS200Waldringfield SC11
Dave Conlon/Sarah BinesRS200Brightlingsea SC22
Hattie Collingridge/Katie SparkRS200Waldringfield SC45
Rheanna PaveyRadialAlton Water SC22
Pete KyneStandardBrightlingsea SC41
James Deaton4.7Royal Harwich YC14
Matthew TaylorRS Aero 5Brightlinsgea SC11
Ben PowellRS Aero 7Alton Water SC32
Gavin JohnsonK1Alton Water SC73
Robin PageSoloBrightlingsea SC64
Noah FitzgeraldTopperAlton Water SC12
Hazell Whittle/Gwen ThorogoodCaderWaldringfield SC31
Alissa Marshall/Jorja MarshallRS Feva XLAlton Water SC/RHS24

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