Please select your home edition
Edition
Rooster 2020 - Impact BA - LEADERBOARD

Bough Beech Sailing Club Icicle 2020 - Day 1

by Nick Marden 7 Jan 06:50 GMT 5 January - 23 February 2020
Bough Beech Icicle 2020 day 1 © Trevor Chanter

Bough Beech Sailing Club celebrates its 50th year in 2020 and so it was symbolic that the annual Open Icicle series got off to a fine start on 5 January with 50 boats on the water. Over 20 of them came from seven neighbouring clubs.

Race Officer Jon Hill set a port hand trapezoid course for the 38 strong Conventional fleet including a second beat and run up the left hand side of the course. The Asymmetrical fleet sailed a simple windward/leeward course to the right.

The SW wind never got much above Force 3 favouring the lighter weather boats. The first race of the Conventional Fleet was won by BBSC Rear Commodore Guy Marks's Wayfarer, crewed by Sam Pygall. Second, after crossing the fleet on port from a perfectly timed pin end start, was BBSC Vice Commodore Richard Sharp's Finn, and third was the Wayfarer of John Clementson and Mel Titmus from Chipstead SC (last year's Icicle winners.) It was great to see three young sailors in Toppers in the top ten.

The Asymmetrical boats were led home by Eastbourne's Mick and Sarah Whitmore, last year's Assy fleet winners, in their RS400. Second were Matt Fowler and Lynne Ratcliffe (RS 200) from Pevensey Bay SC and third were local sailors Bruce Kidd and Liz Denbigh (2000).

During a very overcast afternoon the wind went agonisingly light and the Race Committee were probably wondering if they were going to need torches. Eventually the breeze returned. The Conventional fleet were blitzed by Clemetson and Titmus who comfortably got line honours, followed by Marks and Pygall and the Solo of Richard Southern (BBSC). The Whitmore's RS400 had a similarly emphatic victory in the Assymetrical fleet pm race with Fowler and Ratcliffe again in second. Trapeze boats, including a strong visiting Contender contingent from Hythe and Saltwood SC, had a sticky day, and will no doubt be hoping for more wind to stretch their legs next week.

The Icicle continues until 23 February with a further 14 races planned. As the races to count are half the total sailed plus one, there is plenty of time for others to enter the series. Single day entries are also welcome.

Results can be found here.

Related Articles

2020 Solo Club Racing Championships
Racing across the country in a safe socially distanced manner With the 2020 Solo National championship cancelled, like many others due to the Covid 19 pandemic, the Class Association were keen to find ways of keeping its members engaged during these restricted times. Posted on 25 Jul
Bough Beech Icicle overall
Thankful that the final day's sailing was possible That a day's sailing was possible, after the previous two weeks being abandoned due to storms, was a relief to the members and more than 30 visitors entered in this eight week event. Posted on 26 Feb
Bough Beech Icicle day 4
Local knowledge and all-weather consistency is paying off After four Sundays and eight races, the 2020 Bough Beech Icicle is halfway through. Like last year, the weather has alternated between lighter and more breezy days with varying wind directions, so local knowledge and all-weather consistency is paying. Posted on 26 Jan
Warming up for the Bough Beech SC Icicle
As the club looks forward to celebrating its 50th anniversary Back in the 1970s, dinghy sailors from the South East coastal clubs started to come to the then newly built Bough Beech reservoir so they could continue sailing through the winter. Posted on 1 Dec 2019
UK Wayfarer Finale at Bough Beech
Including the end of season prize draw Where should I start this report? Should I begin by saying that I missed the racing on Saturday because I was in a persistently precipitating Portsmouth (and wondering whether the weather was just as lovely on the Kent/Surrey border)? Posted on 16 Nov 2019
UK Wayfarer Finale at Bough Beech SC this weekend
20 or more teams are expected to descend on the west Kent reservoir This weekend sees the final Wayfarer open meeting of the 2019 season which will be hosted by Bough beech SC. Posted on 7 Nov 2019
Topper Traveller at Bough Beech
Racing, coaching, and fun sessions The 10th Traveller in the series took place on 1st September 2019 at Bough Beech Sailing Club. 26 Topper sailors gathered in this beautiful corner of Kent to do battle over four races. Posted on 12 Sep 2019
Snipes at Bough Beech
Event 3 in the Yves Le Bour Trophy series Bough Beech Sailing Club hosted the Snipe Class on the 8th & 9th of June for the Annual Open Meeting and the third and final Leg of the Yves Le Bour Trophy, a competion between Belgium, France and Britain, sponsored by Allen Bros and Selden. Posted on 26 Jul 2019
Solos at Bough Beech
Four leads for Ede After windless weekends and cancelled Opens around the country, the Bough Beach race team watched Windguru predictions for 25 May anxiously as it promised anything between 4 and 14 kts. In the event it compromised somewhere in the middle Posted on 26 May 2019
Lasers at Bough Beech
20 sailors arrive despite a feisty forecast Despite a feisty forecast, 20 sailors arrived to be greeted by clear skies, sunshine and a cup of tea at Bough Beech Sailing Club on Saturday 4 May. Posted on 7 May 2019