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Chase Sailing Club Polar Pursuit 2023

by Dave Watkins 19 Dec 2023 05:58 GMT 16 December 2023

On the 16th of December, the Chase Sailing Club saw the return of its annual Polar Pursuit Race, this year stacked up to be one of the best so far, with a record entry list, fantastic forecast and a literary of sailing champions!

Competitors started arriving early with the promise of some sunshine and a constant SW breeze, usually warm temperatures for the time of year. Competitors were not disappointed as the weather held true to the predicted forecast.

The entry list saw 30 different classes and entries from around the UK, The RO Graham Flynn set out his course for the day prior to the organised briefing at 11.30am. The race was shaping up to be a classic 2-hour pursuit!

The briefing was held in the club house, the competitors all given their start times and told to keep the beach free for the slow boats to get going!

The sun was out, the breeze was a 3-4, forecasted to pick up later in the race. The scratch boat was the RS Feva of Mia Hatley and Mona Nygard from South Staffs Sailing Club. The RO got the race going at 12pm exactly.

The committee boat was a busy place to be, with 30 classes to get through starting over a half hour period.

The first notable fleet to get away was the Solo class after the slower classes of the Byte and Miracle got started. Everyone got off the start line, After the Solo's the GP14's got away.

Next of the list was the Lasers & OK's of Andy (Taxi) Davies and Nick Craig, with plenty of competition for line.

After the Supernova's and the Finn of Paul Lester it was time for the Scorpions and Albacores, these classes were keen to get away in the increasing breeze. There were a few boats over, Tom and Racheal in 2047 going back along with another. Also the Scorpion of Jon Willars (2017) deciding not to go back.

Alex Berry decided to also chance his luck in his D-Zero going back as instructed. Everyone else got started and the race was under way.

The RS Feva kept leading the race for a long period, the breeze now started to pick up and the faster boats were making the most of the breeze.

The gybe mark was now becoming a challenge for some competitors with quite a few taking a swim and the opportunity to have an early shower.

The reaches down the lake provided the spectators with some awesome sights, Tom Gillard and Rachael Gray getting the better of the slower boats with 20mins still left on the clock, Sam Mckay showed excellent consistence and pace in his Hartley Streaker, followed by Nick in his OK.

The RO finished the race, the Scorpion of Tom Gillard, and Rachael Gray (2047) winning the event, Sam McKay was the runner up in his Streaker (2176), with the defending champion Nick Craig finished 3rd in the OK. Local sailor Adam Froggatt in his Phantom (1449) finished in 4th.

The galley had done the club proud with a choice of soup and hot snacks available, everyone had a good meal, the bar was also stocked with a choice of Christmas beers and drinks.

The Chase Commodore Dave Watkins thanked everyone for attending the event, the galley for the excellent food, the Race team for all their hard work, the sponsors, Hartley Boats, Robline, Boardwise and all the members for making everyone so welcome.

Rachael Gray thanked everyone for a superb event, the welcome that was extended by the club, the sponsors, she also commented that "we are already looking forward to next year!"

Chase Sailing Club is already looking to next year, it will be bigger and better!

Overall Results:

PosBoat typeSail NoHelmCrewClubR1Pts
1stScorpion2057T GillardR GrayStaunton Harold SC/ Sheffield Vikings SC11
2ndStreaker2176Sam McKay Swarkestone Sailing Club22
3rdOK2261Nick Craig Burghfeild33
4thPhantom1449Adam Froggatt Chase44
5thGP1413915Jack HodgkinsAndy HatleySouth Staffs Sailing Club55
6thScorpion2002Chloe WillarsJohn TailbyNotts county66
7thScorpion1969Chris MartinSam BaileyBartley SC77
8thPhantom1437Joshua Hyland Chase88
9thILCA (Laser)216502Tom White Olton Mere Sailing Club99
10thGP1413751Robert StringerP TateChase1010
11thDzero154Alex Berry Chase sailing club1111
12thOK11Andy Davis South Staffs sc1212
13thBlaze774Mark Blackham chase1313
14thRS300346Eden Hyland Chase sailing club1414
15thSolo5704Jamie Cuxson Shustoke Sailing Club1515
16thGP1414048Neil DaviesM EvansChase1616
17thRS Feva6765Mia HateleyB HatleySSSC1717
18thPhantom1428Sam Coxon Chase1818
19thStreaker2136Nigel Pepperdine Staunton Harold SC1919
20thGP1413733Bryn AbendsternTBCToddbrook SC / Swarkestone SC2020
21stMiracle4026David TurtleTBCShustoke2121
22ndILCA (Laser)108827Paul Keeling Blithfield Sailing Club2222
23rdILCA 4 / Laser 4.7210917Elsa Minton Chase2323
24thSolo6076Richard Instone CHASE2424
25thSolo5210Neil Wilkinson Shustoke SC2525
26thFinn658Paul Lester Chase2626
27thILCA (Laser)197774Carl Avery Burton SC2727
28thSolo6039Steve McCarthy Chase SC2828
29thILCA 6 (Radial Rig)162627Christine Statham Attenborough Sailing Club2929
30thSupernova1189Thomas Chadfield chase3030
31stICON11Russell LutwycheJame HarrisChase3131
32ndILCA (Laser)209454Matthew Minton Chase sailing club3232
33rdLightning444Tony Jacks Bartley SC3333
34thILCA (Laser)195289Rob Yearsley Olton Mere Sailing Club3434
35thAlbacore6654Clive GimsonTBCNotts County S.C.3535
36thGP1414246Cath GroveR SlackThe Chase Sailing Club3636
37thK1GBR181Chris Swallow Burton Sailing Club3737
38thGP1414018Dave MorganF MorganChase Sailing Club3838
39thILCA (Laser)197927Alan Williams Chase3939
40thBlaze595Toby Barnard Chase sailing club4040
41stILCA (Laser)157393Harriet Temple South Staffs Sailing Club4141
42ndILCA (Laser)161753John Nygard Olton Mere Sailing Club4242
43rdBlaze599Neil Smith Manor park4343
44thRS Aero 72146Mike Booth Chase4444
45thILCA (Laser)206471Bryan Westley Chase SC4545
46thEnterprise21810Anthony MorrisDelyth HopkinsChase4646
47thRS600810Jake Willars Notts county4747
48thEnterprise3288Craig RussellTBCOlton4848
49thRS4001249Peter FaulstrohTBCChase SC4949
50thLightning334Allison Hopkins Chase5050
51stH121351Paul Gibara Chase water51.551.5
51stByte C23740H Hopkins Chase SC51.551.5
53rdEnterprise2140A RobinsonN ElsyChase SC5353
54thAlbacore7912Paul GimsonTBCRudyard Lake SC5454
55thLightning167Elanwy Hopkins ChaseDNF72
55thByte460Holly ChaseDNF72
55thRS Aero 61692Olivia Booth Chase SCDNF72
55thSolo5140Mike Green Chase sailing clubDNF72
55thScorpion2017Jon Willars Notts County Sailing ClubOCS72
55thPhantom1298Dave Blackburn ChaseDNF72
55thLightning404Carmen Evans ChaseDNF72
55thPhantom1370Duncan Adams Burton Sailing ClubDNF72
55thILCA (Laser)210288Finley Watson CscDNF72
55thSolo4955Patricia Blackham ChaseDNF72
55thLightning175S Hopkins CHASEDNF72
55thStreaker1641Peter Gray Staunton Harold SCDNS72
55thPhantom1403Steve Turner Chase SCDNF72
55thHornet2189Justin JonesChris AndersonThe Chase Sailing ClubDNF72
55thOsprey1289James VyseN SpurChasewaterDNF72
55thBlaze837Gareth Hyland Chase SCDNS72
55thPhantom1203Collin Spence Chases sailing clubDNS72
55thSolo5837Linda Instone Chase SCDNS72

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