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Polar Pursuit Race 2022 at Chase Sailing Club

by Alex Walton 19 Dec 2022 09:59 GMT 17 December 2022

As the race officer woke on the Saturday morning for the Polar Pursuit, a couple of things went through their mind; is the lake frozen? Will anyone want to sail? Don't talk about the fog!

Luckily all three things came together and 37 boats ventured out intrepidly on to the water, with no ice in sight. A steady SW breeze never faltered all day giving the opportunity for great racing across the 2 hours.

With a few boats dropping out, the first boat didn't get a small while, but when it did it was the Lightning 368 of Bethan Evans that showed the fleet the way round.

By the end of the first lap the Solo's of Richard Instone and Neil Wilkinson held a strong lead over the fleet, however Neil managed to shake Richard off to hold a commanding lead.

As the hour mark passed the breeze started to pick up, much to the enjoyment of the faster boats who were able start carving their way through, much to the enjoyment of some of the rescue crews who were able to watch, a particular fan favourite being Jake 'Spiderman' Willars in this RS600.

It also allowed some great racing between all the boats, with positions changing all the time throughout the fleet.

With 30 minutes to go, the lead had changed with the 2 Oks of Andy Davis and Nick Craig leading the way. But as time ticked away would the pack, lead by Matt Biggs/Mark Fowler in their Albacore, catch the leaders?

As the race was coming to a close, the Phantom of Adam Froggatt managed to squeeze through Neil in his Solo to take 4th place, and the Albacore of Matt/Mark got through Andy Davies with minutes to spare, with Nick holding a commanding lead over the fleet taking the win.

A big thank you to all the visitors who came along to support us again, especially the guys from Notts County SC who came back to visit us, despite the experiences of the fog the year before!

An even bigger thank you to our recorders, who made sure that we knew where everyone was before the finish.

And the biggest thank you to John, Mike, Gaz, Izzy, Ollie, Emily, Scott, Pete, Dave, Dave and Tom, for being out on the whole lake for the full 2 hrs keeping everyone safe.

We hope to see everyone again in 2023!

Prize Winners:

  • 20th place: Elsa Minton ILCA 6 (Chase SC)
  • First Junior: Fin Watson ILCA 7 (Chase SC)
  • First ILCA 6: Finn Morgan (Chase SC)
  • First GP14: Rob Stringer & Pete Tate (Chase SC)
  • First ILCA 7: Jamie Cuxson (Shustoke SC)
  • First Phantom & First Home Boat: Adam Froggatt
  • 3rd Place: Andy Davies OK (South Staffs SC)
  • 2nd Place & First Albacore: Matt Biggs & Mark Fowler (Bartley SC)
  • 1st Place: Nick Craig OK (Burghfield SC)

Overall Results:

PosClassStart TimeSail NoClubHelmCrewR1Pts
1stOK25223Burghfield SCN Craig 11
2ndAlbacore308192Bartley SCM BiggsM Folwer22
3rdOK2511South Staffs SCA Davies 33
4thPhantom331449Chase SCA Froggatt 44
5thSolo215210 N Wilkinson 55
6thPhantom331370Burton SCD Adams 66
7thILCA 7/ Laser25187480Shustoke SC/Chase SCJ Cuxson 77
8thSolo215837Chase SCR Instone 88
9thGP142213751Chase SCR StringerP Tate99
10thILCA 7/ Laser25178635Chase SCF Watson 1010
11thLaser Radial21157393Chase SCF Morgan 1111
12thBlaze31774Chase SCM Blackham 1212
13thGP142214032Chase SCN DaviesM Evans1313
14thAlbacore307426Bartley SCM ReddingtonL Fowler1414
15thGP142214246Chase SCC GroveR Slack1515
16thPhantom331359Chase SCP Lester 1616
17thBlaze31837Chase SCG Hyland 1717
18thMerlin Rocket353732 B Hollis 1818
19thRS60041810Notts County SCJ Willars 1919
20thILCA 6/ Laser Radial21210917Chase SCE Minton 2020
21stIcon3611Chase SCR LutwycheJ Harris2121
22ndMerlin Rocket353629Notts County SCC WillarsJ Tailby2222
23rdScorpion302017Notts County SCJ WillarsN Willars2323
24thIcon368Chase SCJ VyseH Hopkins2424
25thRS200301452Draycote Water SCB DeardenE Spain2525
26thAlbacore306654Notts County SCC GimsonP McHenry2626
27thPhantom331361Chase SCS Berry 2727
28thILCA 7/ Laser25210288Chase SCM Kenyon 2828
29thILCA 7/ Laser25161544Chase SCM Rudd 2929
30thOsprey401289Chase SCN Vyse 3030
31stILCA 7/ Laser25206471Chase SCB Westley 3131
32ndPhantom331403Chase SCS Turner 3232
33rdLark272468Shustoke SCO Sanders 3333
34thILCA 6/ Laser Radial21192843Chase SCM Pell 3434
35thILCA 7/ Laser25197634Chase SCS Nicholson 3535
36thTopper Omega271Chase SCA Morris 3636
37thLightning 36820234Chase SCB Evans 3737
38thILCA 7/ Laser25142961Chase SCW Kenyon 3838
39thRS Aero 7282146Chase SCM Booth DNC64
39thRS Aero 5221692Chase SCO Booth DNC64
39thPhantom331298Chase SCD Blackburn DNC64
39thILCA 4/ Laser 4.716Chase SCL Kenyon DNC64
39thPhantom331437Chase SCJ Hyland RET64
39thHornet382189Chase SCJ JonesC AndersonDNC64
39thSolo214955Chase SCT Blackham DNC64
39thRS20030967Chase SCG FlynnD FlynnDNC64
39thSupernova27558Chase SCR Peers DNC64
39thLightning 36820145Chase SCA Hopkins DNC64
39thBlaze31764Chase SCT Berry DNC64
39thSolo214453Chase SCR Lowe DNC64
39thILCA 7/ Laser25209454Chase SCM Minton DNC64
39thSolo214389Chase SCD Humphries DNC64
39thBuzz31701Chase SCP Hill DNC64
39thPhantom331270Chase SCD Watkins DNC64
39thAlbacore308237Ogston SCMatthew Metcalfe‑Smith DNC64
39thByte CII223740Chase SCD Hopkins DNC64
39thByte17460Chase SCA Hopkins DNC64
39thRS Quba111Chase SCS Hopkins DNC64
39thAlbacore307912Rudyard Lake SCP Gimson DNC64
39thSolo214630York SCJ Hartshorn DNC64
39thILCA 7/ Laser25146662Rudyard Lake SCB Nelson DNC64
39thILCA 7/ Laser25 Rudyard Lake SCD Rauenbusch DNC64
39thBlaze31595Chase SCT Barnard DNC64

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