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2020 Chichester Yacht Club Frozen Toe Series

by Richard Anderton & Karen Cheeseman 14 Dec 2020 16:01 GMT 13 December 2020

Sunday 13th December should have been the final race day of the Frozen Toe series, instead due to weather and lockdown it was the first.

The race officer, Richard Anderton, and racing committee took every precaution to minimise COVID risks at the club; a video briefing was published the evening before so that the competitors could be advised of the special arrangements. Limited by a high water just before 10am (requiring boats off the water by midday) and sunrise at 8am it was important that everyone knew the sailing instructions before arriving.

The weather wasn't looking good, it meant an early start and with three races promised it was going to have to be a slick operation to be off the water by noon. However, with safety boats on the water by 8am, the course laid by 8.30am, fleets launched 8.40am the first race started at 9am.

There were 47 boats registered, even with a few dropping out it was lovely to see so many had made it to the start line.

The Frozen Toe was run in three fleets Fast Medium and Slow with some of our junior sailors heading out to race for the first time there were also three juniors in the coached fleet.

The wind strengthened throughout the morning gusting upwards as the races progressed, the racers handled it well and it made for good sailing, with little aid required of the safety boat crews.

Race 1 got away cleanly with Steve and Sarah Cockerill taking their familiar position at the front of the fleet. Zak Smith sailed a great race to win the slow fleet. Significant gusts and shifts dominated the race and with the wind backing, the racecourse was re-laid for race 2.

Harry Kennedy pushed the start line too hard in race 2 and had to re-start, unfortunately, this also involved a quick dip to keep him on his toes. Again, racing was dominated by shifts and gusts with a fair few competitors ending up in the water. Steve and Sarah Cockerill were pushed hard by Tom Morris' Merlin but held on to take the win in race 2; Joshua James excelled win the slow fleet.

By the time race 3 started, a lot of competitors had headed for the bank - the rain had set in, and with the wind showing no signs of becoming any less shifty or gusty many thought that the appeal of the shore outweighed the challenge of being on the water. Those that continued to brave the conditions were rewarded with good racing and fast reaches. Charlie South got the better of the medium fleet while the Mirror of Effie and Sarah Grant rounded off the morning in fine style taking the win in the slow fleet.

Over the three races there was two to count with one discard. The winners of the Fast Fleet were Steven and Sarah Cockerill in an RS400, second Tom Morris in a Merlin Rocket, third William Warren and Megan Pascoe in a Merlin Rocket.

The winners of the Medium Fleet were Charlie South in his Laser, second Andy Palmer-Felgate in an RS Aero 5, third Lucy Boreham in a Europe.

The winners in the Slow Fleet were Zak Smith in a Laser 4.7, second Joshua James in a Topper, third Effie and Sarah Grant in a Mirror.

Well done to Thomas Knight in his Optimist, Tobias Vowles in his Topper and Ben Wragg in his Optimist who competed in their first Frozen Toe event.

The overall winners of the Frozen Toe were Steve and Sarah Cockerill.

Congratulations to all the winners and well done to everyone who took part and thank you to all who volunteered. It wasn't the most pleasant day weather-wise, everyone agreed that it was great to be back on the water sailing and enjoying the fun.

The next event at CYC is the Snowflake Series starting on the 17th January 2021. Visitors are invited to register one week before each event.

Fast Fleet Results:

PosSail NoClassHelmCrewR6R7R8Pts
1st1489RS 400Steve CockerillSarah Cockerill‑1112
2nd3611MERLIN‑ROCKETTom Morris ‑2224
3rd3796MERLIN‑ROCKETWilliam WarrenMegan Pascoe33(DNF [11])6
4th542RS 200Tom SullyAlicia Stephenson5‑838
5th1377RS 400Neil BevingtonAlan Skeens4‑548
6th280DEVOTI D‑ZEROSteve Southall ‑64610
7th473RS 300Harry Kennedy ‑96511
8th172DEVOTI D‑ZEROAdam Thompson 77(DNC [11])14
9th1558RS 200Tom CallanSophie Bentley‑109716
10th1386RS 400Nick EllimanRoger Elliman8(DNF [11])DNC [11]19

Medium Fleet Results:

PosSail NoClassHelmCrewR6R7R8Pts
1st215401LASERCharlie South 2‑2.513
2nd89RS AERO 5Andy Palmer‑Felgate 1‑2.523
3rd355EUROPELucy Boreham 31‑44
4th1080SUPERNOVAJames Gerwat ‑4437
5th1304RS AERO 7Mike Wigmore 55(DNC [13])10
6th2839RS AERO 7Richard Bentley ‑66511
7th166550LASERIan Payne (DNF [13])7613
8th107959LASER RADIALIzzy Howard 7‑11815
9th5237SOLODerek Jackman 9‑10716
10th54165420Alice BullockRichard Bullock89(DNC [13])17
11th3390RS AERO 7Mark Aldous 108(DNF [13])18
12th209980LASER RADIALJohnny Farrow 11(DNC [13])920

Slow Fleet Results:

PosSail NoClassHelmCrewR6R7R8Pts
1st168875LASER 4.7Zak Smith 1‑323
2nd44477TOPPERJoshua James 21‑33
3rd70268MIRROR (D/H)Effie GrantSarahGrant3‑414
4th70543MIRROR (D/H)Bas BushHenry Gray‑4246
5th445768TOPPERTorquil Morrison 55(DNC [10])10
6th4121OPTIMISTThomas Knight 7‑8512
7th138274LASER 4.7Lottie Cheeseman 66(DNC [10])12
8th4568OPTIMISTBen Wragg (DNC [10])7DNC [10]17
9th44372TOPPERTobias Vowles (DNC [10])9DNC [10]19

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