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DF95 Invicta Trophy Open at Chipstead Sailing Club

by Dave Allinson 8 Mar 2022 17:02 GMT 5 March 2022

Twenty-eight sailors arrived at Chipstead SC on a damp, breezy Saturday morning to contest the DF95 Invicta Trophy. There was a constant light drizzle in the North Easterly breeze, which was just nicely below the top end for the A rig.

Most sailors rigged in the dry comfort of the large clubhouse, whilst the race team laid a 100 metre windward leeward course.

Following the briefing, the seeding races commenced. Seeding B race was won by Alfred Patten closely followed by Barrie Martin, Simon Fairman and Martin Crysell. Seeding A followed with Richard Calas jumping out into the lead he managed to hold to the finish. Adrian Tomlinson chased him home pursued by Mike Brand and David Adams.

With the top six from each seeding race placed into the A fleet, the remaining sailors commenced battle in the B fleet race. Terry Connell picked the wind shift well to tack and cross the fleet on Port and move into a lead he did not give up. Paul Turner, Jim La Roche and John Caruana had a good battle for the next three places. In the A fleet, Adrian showed he had been paying attention, also crossing the fleet on port as the shift came in. He held his position to the finish followed by Barrie Martin, Martin Crysell and Mike Brand.

Buzz Coleman got to grips with the course and conditions in the next round, winning the B fleet and coming home fourth in the A fleet. Mike Brand won that A fleet race from Terry Connell and Vinnie Zammitt. The morning continued with good racing and penalties being taken on the water for all infringements.

Lunch was taken at 12:30 with Peter Crisp serving up a delicious beef stew with French bread aided by Linda Aldcroft and Jayne Allinson. Everyone was glad to get away from the cold damp North Easterly breezy conditions for the warmth of the clubhouse.

Race results were entered into the race laptop and after five races the leader was Barrie Martin on ten points followed by Adrian on thirteen. Buzz and Vinnie were close behind on eighteen points. Mike Brand and Martin Crysell were in fifth and sixth on twenty one points.

Racing recommenced at 13:30 with the breeze slightly up and the drizzle slightly less and slowly dying away during the afternoon. It was still very cold, but the racing was lively in the stiff breeze. In both fleets the races were won by different sailors up to the final race of the day where Adrian won for the second time in the afternoon. Vinnie, Mike and Buzz also consolidated their positions during the afternoon. Sailing came to an end just after 15:30 hrs after ten races had been sailed. Sailors gladly departed to the carpark and club house where hot drinks with lemon drizzle or chocolate cake was served by Linda and Jayne to a very welcoming group of rather cold sailors.

During the day the fleets had been very well behaved. A few boats had been called over the line and only one general recall had allowed racing to progress as quickly as the fleet board could be updated and the next fleet called to the water. A one minute start sequence had also been used to get racing going more quickly.

PRO and club radio lead Dave Allinson entered the race results whilst tea was taking place. Mike Weston had popped down to see everyone during the morning and had kindly donated three transmitter lanyards for prizes. Prize giving commenced with Dave thanking Linda and Jayne for all their hard work serving food and drinks to everyone. Special thanks must go to club members Peter Crisp Chris Heath and Graham Latter. These guys managed registration, laid and maintained the course, rescued the odd disabled boat, controlled the starts and finishes and also observed.

Prizes down to seventh place were presented with a bottle of wine, with the following three places receiving a lanyard.

Adrian thanked the Chipstead race team for the day's racing, praising the club facilities, the hot lunch and the great racing.

Overall Results:

PosSkipperSail NoClub/CityR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10Pts
1Adrian Tomlinson30Chipstead SC ‑ RS21158211143122
2Vincent Zammitt17Norwich MYC693639618235
3Mike Brand875Chipstead SC ‑ RS341131819552336
4Buzz Colman12Coal House Fort MYC111742153127538
5Peter Jackson928East Kent RS8235315210214448
6David Adams358East Kent RS4136117101771652
7Glen Meekoms418Coal House Fort MYC57891139941054
8Paul Turner114Eastbourne DMYC912916864361657
9Martin Crysell52Guidford MBC43104142111691259
10Richard Calas502Emsworth RSC115245611711131567
11Barrie Martin49Chipstead SC ‑ RS221115132018201870
12Colin Honour62Chipstead SC ‑ RS51071291212811870
13John Mursell1Eastbourne DMYC12211917251821051194
14Terry Connell47Eastbourne DMYC11112716161717212297
15Jim La Roche57Coal House Fort MYC761729104717292997
16Simon Fairman666ROFWAC3513182222271710997
17Robin Harris147Eastbourne DMYC92021101215817121497
18Anthony Marshall268Hove Lagoon RSC681423268142418798
19Mike Lightwing881Chipstead SC ‑ RS1024121413713282219110
20John Caruana96Chipstead SC ‑ RS714172141421232828121
21Alan Viney44Guidford MBC13261815282018131723137
22Peter Glover26East Kent RS14182922192524201613146
23Robin Aldcroft518Chipstead SC ‑ RS12272025231722211517147
24John Nash311East Kent RS8192319172425221921148
25Alfred Patten151Coal House Fort MYC1162629272329262820167
26Ralph Wilkinson56East Kent RS10252220242619252324167
27David Bland488CHF RSC13222529202723192526173
28Martin Fry222East Kent RS14282724212826272425188

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