Please select your home edition
Allen Brothers

Felixstowe Ferry Sailing Club Special Race Series - Race 3

by Edward Swain 5 Jun 2019 05:35 BST 26 May 2019

Sunday the 26th of May was the rescheduled date for the third race in the FFSC Special Race Series Sponsored by Suffolk Sails and Billie Box. The Suffolk Sails flag showed a South-South-West warm but strong breeze. The sun was shining so a mere five boats decided to rig up and go sailing.

The briefing informed the competitors of an out-to-sea course of channel-course, Dip, Outer, Haven, Dip, Channel course. The competitors were also informed of their starting times - the RS400's of Roger Lewis and Elias Woodard and David Robertson and Asa Robertson. Starting ten minutes were the Dart 18's of Andy Robinson and Isabelle Crichton-Smith and Sam Walker and Katelyn Lucas. Finally, the last ones to start were the F18 team Ed Swain and Zac Monk.

The start lines were very empty for all boats so the fetch out of the river was very simple. As the boats approached the Deben bar, they were greeted by higher winds than expected (18 -20 knots, gusts of more) and choppy waves over the bar.

Not long after the 400's start was the Dart 18 start. This was now down to one boat due to illness on board the other. This meant that the other Dart 18 could focus on chasing down the 400's where they still led on the beat up to Dip and the reach down to Outer. The Dart then used its pace to navigate the big, windswept seas and eventually overtake the 400's.

Whilst this was happening, the F18 had started and made it to the green buoy where they would find their forestay to snap causing a dismasting in a very unfortunate place. With help from the safety boats they eventually made their way back to the club.

Then came the rain. This really set the mood - dismastings and capsizes performed by the 400 team of Roger Lewis and Elias Woodard when rounding the Haven mark. Now they were in hot pursuit of the other 400.

With the Dart 18 leading way out in front there was really no catching them so it became a race between the two 400's.

Eventually, the boats screamed downwind back into the river mouth and across the club line where the Dart 18 of Andy and Isabelle took first place, Dave and Asa in a 400 took second, and Roger and Elias, also in a 400, took third, with both the other F18 and the Dart 18 took a DNF and a DNS.

Again, FFSC would like to thank the sponsors of this series - Suffolk Sails and Billie Box. They are providing great prizes for the series which you could be in with a chance to win at the end of the series by racing in the next race in the race series - the Methersgate Race on the 30th of June.

Related Articles

Get your entry in for Allen Burton Week 2022
Less than ten days to take advantage of the early entry discount There are now less than ten days to take advantage of the early entry discount for Allen Burton Week 2022. This year's edition of Burton Week (the National 12 class National Championships) takes place from 27th to 30th August at Felixstowe Ferry SC. Posted on 15 Jul
Felixstowe Ferry News Chronicle Trophy Race
The traditional all in start for the trophy series opening salvo The opening salvo of the Felixstowe Ferry Sailing Club Trophy series for 2021 got under way with the traditional all in start for the News Chronicle trophy. Posted on 9 Apr 2021
Bart's Bash 2019 at Felixstowe Ferry
Eighteen boats of many kinds turn up to race Bart's Bash has come around which gave us another opportunity to remember the life of Andrew Simpson and also raise some money for the Andrew Simpson Foundation. Posted on 23 Sep 2019
Felixstowe Ferry SC Cat Open 2019
30 boats arrive to double the previous year's entry FFSC held its second ever catamaran open last weekend hosting a wide variety of catamarans. The event included the Dart 16 National Championships and was a part of the Formula 18, Shearwater and Catapult Traveller Series. Posted on 5 Aug 2019
Shearwater TT Round 4 at Felixstowe Ferry
The greyest of dreary days met the sailors Ten Shearwaters met for the fourth Travellers' Trophy of the 2019 season at Felixstowe Ferry Sailing Club in Suffolk. The greyest of dreary days met the sailors for the inevitable rig up in torrential rain. Posted on 31 Jul 2019
Methersgate Race 2019 at Felixstowe Ferry
First formal running of this Long Distance Race This Sunday saw the first formal running of the Methersgate Race. Last year this was an alternative course for the Long Distance Race due to high winds, however this year we decided to make it a race of its own. Posted on 3 Jul 2019
Felixstowe Ferry Easter Sunday Race
Beaming sunshine, high temperatures and an 8 knot breeze Easter Sunday dawned and the Billie Box flag indicated a light East North East 8 knot breeze accompanied by beaming sunshine and high temperatures. Posted on 25 Apr 2019
Allen Phantom National Championship overall
Clear and dry with a decent breeze for the final day The sailors were up early for an 0930 launch for a 1030 first race. The weather was clear and dry with a forecast of 12 to 15 knots directly against the incoming tide which was already flooding fast. Posted on 10 Sep 2018
Allen Phantom National Championship day 2
Harry Briddon and Andy Couch trading the top two slots The fleet were sent out for a 1030 start for four planned races today. The weather was slightly overcast but a steady breeze of around 15 knots. Wind against the last of the flood caused the waves to rise and a healthy chop developed. Posted on 8 Sep 2018
Allen Phantom National Championship day 1
Short, steep chop, proved challenging for the pondies 55 Phantoms were entered for this year's championship at Felixstowe Ferry Sailing Club, with 53 making it to the line for the 2 starts today. The sun shone brightly with a reported 17 knots expected on the race course. Posted on 7 Sep 2018