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Snow Globe 2023 at Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, Burnham - Races 3 and 4

by Petru Balau 21 Nov 2023 13:35 GMT 18 November 2023
Charlie Matthews leads Malcolm Hutchings in the first race - second week of the RCYC Snow Globe © Petru Balau Sports Photography /

The Burnham Blaze fleet took two wins on the second day of the Royal Corinthian Yacht Club SnowGlobe series, on 18th of November, as Charlie Matthews and Malcolm Hutchings won a race each.

The 11 boats that braved the grim looking forecast, with gusts of 32 kts and heavy rain, were regaled with a perfect day for sailing, with many one to one fights taking place on the water.

The southerly wind and low tide, forced the Race Officer to set up a very unorthodox course, with a westerly start, towards a buoy on the north shore, a short beat to Fairway 9, a reach to a buoy just off the Royal Corinthian pontoon, up to Fairway 7, another reach to a buoy close to middle of the channel and back towards the start line, around a final buoy, just off the Rice and Cole pontoon.

First race saw Charlie Matthews and Malcolm Hutchings, on Blazes, lead Steve and Alison Hall's Merlin Rocket to the first mark.

The predominantly reaching course favored the Blazes, Charlie saying: "[the course had] not much opportunity for the Merlin to use its pointing ability or superior speed on a dead run", opinion mirrored by Malcolm.

The eventual winner was Charlie, followed in second place by Malcolm, with the Merlin Rocket being pushed down to 4th by James Hutton-Penman's Laser Radial/ILCA 6 on corrected time.

As Charlie had to retire from the second race, due to family commitments, Malcolm took the lead and despite Steve and Alison's efforts, he kept it all the way to the end.

Jason Phelps, on Blaze, finished on a well deserved 3rd on the line, with enough lead for a 5th on corrected time.

Further down the fleet, James Hutton-Penman was battling guests from Burnham Sailing Club, Jo Tribe and Marcus Collingbourne, on RS200, with James the eventual winner, 4th on the line, 2nd on corrected time.

Keith Gilmore, Laser Radial/ILCA 6, beat Scarlett and Carl Anderson's RS200 for 6th on the line and 3rd on corrected time, pushing the Merlin Rocket on 4th, corrected time.

With the first discard taking effect, Steve and Alison Hall share the top position with James Hutton-Penman, with 6 points each, followed by Keith Gilmore, on 3rd with 11 points and Charlie Matthews on 4th, with 14 points.

The next races will take place on 25th of November, at Royal Corinthian Yacht Club. ends.

Overall Series Results so far: (4 races)

PosClassSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4Pts
1stMERLIN‑ROCKET3645Steve HallAlison HallRCYC11‑446
2ndLASER RADIAL/ ILCA 6209087James Hutton‑Penman RCYC22‑326
3rdLASER RADIAL/ ILCA 6213598Keith Gilmore RCYC3‑65311
4thBLAZE764Charlie Matthews RCYC1031(DNC)14
5thLASER RADIAL/ ILCA 6161435Nick Peel RCYC6‑96618
6thBLAZE680Jason Phelps RCYC‑18117523
7thRS 2001152Jo TribeMarcus CollingbourneBSC‑1788723
8thRS 200879Scarlett AndersonCarl AndersonRCYC‑22109827
9thBLAZE836Malcolm Hutchings RCYC(DNC)DNC2131
10thLASER RADIAL/ ILCA 6209957Nathan Flynn RC Otters45(DNC)DNC37
11thLASER/ ILCA 749Stephen Carty BSC‑23RET10942
12thSTREAKER1687Gregory Walker URYC‑212111RET43
13thBLAZE830Nick Milton RCYC124(DNC)DNC44
14thBLAZE854Robert Coyle RCYC137(DNC)DNC48
15thLASER 4.7/ ILCS 4179051Lucie Prior RC Otters516(DNC)DNC49
16thLASER RADIAL/ ILCA 6203945Phil Aspinall RCYC912(DNC)DNC49
17th20002882Nic BarnesFreddie BarnesRCYC717(DNC)DNC52
18thLASER 4.7/ ILCS 41721470Charlie Rawling BSC818(DNC)DNC54
19thLASER/ ILCA 7108378James VanSchagen BSC1614(DNC)DNC58
20thRS 2001515Kathryn Hutton‑PenmanMatthew PikeRCYC1913(DNC)DNC60
21stLASER RADIAL/ ILCA 6178228Hayden Gilmore RC Otters1419(DNC)DNC61
22ndLASER RADIAL/ ILCA 6189090Florence Fisher RC Otters1520(DNC)DNC63
23rdLASER RADIAL/ ILCA 6173352Ethan Hague RC Otters11(DNC)DNCDNC67
24thLASER 4.7/ ILCS 4200520Amelia Kilgour RC OttersNSC15(DNC)DNC68
25thLASER RADIAL/ ILCA 644Luca Winfield RC Otters20(DNC)DNCDNC76
26thLASER 4.7/ ILCS 423Meghann Haynes RC Otters(DNC)DNCDNCDNC84

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