Dinghies Dinghy Racing Race Reports

Easter Mini Series Race Report

The DQSC Easter Mini Series took place over 3 days of the Easter weekend.

Series Results: 1st - Anne and Jim Norfolk (2000); 2nd - Gordon Barclay (Solo); 3rd - Peter King (RS400) with variously, Jamie Prescott, Colin Pullenger and Rob Corfield. For full results Click Here and select:

Result Set - 2014 Results, Class - General Handicap, Series - Easter Mini

The race report was published in the Chichester Observer on Thursday 24th April 2014. To read earlier reports Click Here

The report was edited by Andrew Horne from contributions provided by Peter King and Anne Norfolk. See press cutting below.

Easter Mini Series Press Report

See below for a full transcript of the report:

DQSC Easter Mini Series Race Report

With the Barclay Egg Trophy as the prize, a seven race series was held over three days of the Easter holiday at Dell Quay Sailing Club. With brilliant sunshine on Good Friday and Saturday the weather deteriorated significantly on Easter Sunday with the race starting in pouring rain, although the sun reappeared briefly for the finish. With twenty six entrants the RS400 crews led the fleet home on every race, with Anne and Jim Norfolk (2000) providing stiff competition throughout most of the weekend.

On Friday a figure of eight course was set, taking racers up to the top of the harbour to round Fishbourne mark with a gusty and changeable north easterly wind, which led to several capsizes. A cruiser moored in the middle of the start line also provided an additional challenge to the racers. During the second race many competitors forgot to round the Hook mark, giving a welcome advantage to the remaining fleet.

Three races were scheduled for Saturday with the race officer setting a triangular course, once again heading up to Fishbourne. With many boats over the start line a general recall was signalled for race four.

The wind direction kept changing during this race and then died altogether just as the leading RS400 of Peter King and Jamie Prescott approached the finish line. Having built a lead of over a full leg they could see the following boats catching up before the wind also dropped off further down the harbour with the fleet finishing 15 minutes later.

With all seven races completed and five different winners, Anne and Jim Norfolk (with two first places) won the series on handicap. Gordon Barclay, with consistent second place positions during the series, took second place overall in his Solo. Peter King (two wins), sailing with Colin Pullenger on Friday and Rob Corfield on Sunday, ended in third place in the series despite a major navigational error in the final race taking him from first place to last.

Photos from the Racing

Easter 2014 1 The RS 400 Fleet sets the pace



Easter 2014 2 Two young fishermen watch the racing


Easter 2014 3 IMG 3910