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Fowey Gallants Sailing Club Winter Series 2019

by Yvette Gamble 6 Jan 11:51 GMT 3 November - 26 December 2019
Fowey Gallants Sailing Club Winter Series 2019 © Yvette Gamble

It has been several years since Fowey Gallants SC invited sailors to compete in a winter series for the Brass Monkey trophy. November 2019 saw its revival with 18 people signing up to take part in a total of 9 races.

Fowey Gallants SC have a range of boats in their sailing school and were very generous in allowing helms to use them for the racing. Some competitors brought their own boats and there was a good mix including Lasers, Fusions, Taser, 505, Topper, Feva, Aero and Sunfish. The fleet raced on PYS handicaps with corrected average lap times being used to allow the wide range of ratings to fairly race together with the courses set in the harbour from the FGSC line.

Weather across the series was mixed and the first week saw light winds, strong tides and heavy rain, which made it very challenging for the sailors and race officer alike. In contrast to the weeks where winds were very light, there were 3 races that had to be abandoned or delayed due to the strong and gusty conditions. However mostly the event saw perfect weather with good winds and clear skies allowing some great racing. Some weeks saw the safety boat working hard as the gusts came through and tipped a few boats over but there was some very exciting racing. The eight races saw five different winners in five different classes.

The last race of the series was due to be held on Boxing Day but, due to the wind in the harbour and the forecast, it was agreed that this be abandoned. However the fleet convened to the club bar and enjoyed some festive cheer and a good lunch. The result from the Boxing Day race could easily have changed the final standings with double points and with small margins separating first and second and third and fourth. In the end there was only 2 points difference between 1st and 2nd place. Kim Furniss took first place overall in his Sunfish and the Brass Monkey trophy, with Hans Wehmeyer taking 2nd place in his Tasar and David Gamble in a Fusion 3rd. Other awards were presented for best junior - Elliot Toms (Aero), best lady helm - Sal Furniss (Sunfish) and best endeavour - Kay Barr (Topper).

All involved agreed that this has been an enjoyable and successful winter series. Hopefully it will be the start of sailing in Fowey during the "closed" season once more and it is intended to run a longer series this coming winter from October - December.

Overall Results:

1Kim furniss61942361218
3Dave Gamble45746612528
4Gary Barr84954197735
5Colin savage5381910681240
6Sal Furniss3195198194443
7Elliot Toms19191371910646
8Kay Barr76108111951046
9James Dowrick11931919192347
10Philip Henson21961921961954
11Adrian Banks1919121919611976
12Chris Spencer1919191913193881
13Andrew Dellow1919197519191988
14Dave Richards1981991919191993
15Andy Matthews19191911919191996
16Jack Madgwick19219191919191997
18Ollie Luck191919199191919104

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