Dinghies Club Racing Race Reports

Frostbite 9 & 10 Race Report

Races 9 and 10 of the DQSC Frostbite series took place on Saturday 18thJanuary 2014

The race report was published in the Chichester Observer on Thursday 23rd January 2014. See press cutting below.

The report was provided by Bill Dawber and edited by Andrew Horne.

Frostbite 9  10 Press Report

See below for a full transcript of the report:

DQSC Race Report for Frostbite 9 and 10

A grey morning with a strong South Easterly wind gusting force 5 to 6 greeted competitors to races 9 and 10 of Dell Quay’s frostbite series. In the first race Martyn Jones in his laser radial led the fleet off the line and round the first mark with, Solo sailor Bill Dawber in hot pursuit.  

An exciting tight reach followed by a gybe and a long broad reach led to several capsizes as the spinnaker equipped boats struggled with the strong gusts. In the end, first over the line was Warwick Hoddy and John Denyer in their 2000 followed by Jones and Dawber. Results, after the handicap calculations had been applied, were: 1st place Dawber (Solo), 2nd place Jones (Laser Radial), 3rd place Hoddy and Denyer (2000).

In the second race a large wind shift at the start favoured those racers who had started at the club house end of the line leaving Dawber trailing mid fleet at the first mark. This time the leading pack of fast spinnaker boats managed to hold on to the gusts without capsizing and led round the course, but Jones (laser radial) was close behind, taking 1st place after the handicap calculations were applied. 2nd place was secured by Hoddy and Denyer (2000) leaving Dawber (Solo) in 3rd place.

Dawber’s win in race 9 puts him firmly on course to win the series, with Malcolm Buchanan (Solo) currently in second place, followed closely by Mike Fitzgerald and Tim Dormer (2000).

The series continues and is open to all, with races 11 and 12 taking place on Saturday 15th February 2014 at 10:40 am.

Frostbite 9  10 Bill Dawber and Malcom Buchana in action

 Frostbite Series leaders Bill Dawber and Malcolm Buchanan in action at Dell Quay