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Frensham Frenzy 2023 pursuit event at Frensham Pond Sailing Club

by Megan Pascoe 20 Mar 17:58 GMT 11 March 2023

Saturday 11 March was the annual Frensham Frenzy at Frensham Pond Sailing Club. Thirty boats from over ten different classes braved the cold to sail it out in a very close fought competition that saw the top four boats on equal points.

The Frensham Frenzy consists of two pursuit races and is open to monohull boats a maximum of 16ft long.

It was nice to see so many different boats out for the Frenzy. The forecast was interesting when five days before it was suggesting 40 knots and then on the day forecasting five knots from varying directions. Despite the changeable forecast, Katie Shorrock and her team set up a good course in challenging conditions.

Ned and Sam led the fleet off in their Cadet. It was great to see all the youth out in various classes. It was also good to see the big boys out in their Aero 9s and Phantoms. The Solos and ILCAs were as always hotly contested and it was going to be interesting to see where the winners were going to come from.

It was a tricky day trying to work out if you were beating, reaching, where the next puff was coming from. The most-asked question was to put the kite up or not. But generally in the big puffs it was definitely worth having it up even if you weren't going in the right direction. Definitely an interesting wind direction.

The top five overall had four different classes and were so close on points. Prize of the day goes to Martin Goult for elbowing his son and crew, Ben, twice in the face on the kite hoist leaving Ben trying to race the rest of the race slightly blind. Shouldn't trust your dad in a boat.

Four boats finished on the same points so the race was decided, as per racing rules, on countback. This meant Simon Lomas-Clark took first place in his Solo, second place went to Sam Pascoe sailing a Phantom, third place, sailing a Laser, was Rebecca Videlo.

First junior and fifth overall in his RS Tera Oliver Stratton-Brown.

The first double-handed boat was father and daughter team Megan and Martin Pascoe sailing a Scorpion.

Overall Results:

PosClassSail NoHelmCrewClubPursuit 1Pursuit 2Pts
1stSolo5258Simon Lomas‑Clarke FPSC415
2ndPhantom1498Sam Pascoe Castle Cove145
3rdILCA7 (Laser)208996Rebecca Videlo FPSC325
4thSolo4730John Brooker FPSC235
5thRS Tera Pro2392Oliver Stratton‑Brown FPSC6511
6thPhantom1373Richard Moore FPSC8614
7thRS100 8.4259Ian Gregory FPSC9716
8thSolo5442Richard Harding FPSC71522
9th2.455Bruce Hill FPSC111122
10thRS Aero 94396Peter Barton Lymington Town141024
11thILCA6 (Laser Radial)6Fiona Nee FPSC101626
12thScorpion1980Martin PascoeMegan PascoeCastle Cove52227
13thPhantom1358Bob Larder FPSC20929
14thILCA4 (Laser 4.7)209134Tristan Harding FPSC181230
15thRS Feva XL5782William Stratton‑BrownWill AhlheidFPSC121830
16thRS Aero 91603Rob Ahlheid FPSC191433
17th2.4143Kate Hedley FPSC161733
18thRS Feva XL5144Zoe Lomas‑ClarkeMark SoarsFPSC151934
19thILCA7 (Laser)178220Christopher Brown FPSC251338
20thILCA4 (Laser 4.7)194123Jago Moore FPSC172138
21stSolo5700Adrian Law FPSCDNC839
22ndSolo4700Tony Bull FPSC212041
23rdRS2001660Ben GoultMartin GoultFPSC13DNC44
24thRS2001518Rob AnsteyKate TaylorFPSC222446
25thRS Aero 92515Iain Soars FPSC232346
26thCadet9367Ned FairhurstSam EnglishFPSC272552
27thRS200897Richard GarnerGeorge GarnerFPSC282654
28th2.4105Kate Whyatt FPSC24DNC55
29thSolo4685Martin Kemp FPSC26DNC57
30thPhantom1330Justin Philipps FPSCDNFDNC60

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