Dinghies Dinghy Racing Race Reports

Longmore 1 and Junior 1 & 2 Race Report

(Published in the Chichester Observer on 5th June 2014 - See press cutting at the bottom of the page)

Warm sunshine and light force 2 to 3 winds greeted the first race of the DQSC medium distance Longmore series. Race Officer Richard Ede challenged competitor’s memories by setting an interesting course with 15 mark roundings, resulting in 3 boats being disqualified for going round the wrong mark!

Initially the fleet was well strung out but the gentle breeze favoured the lighter single handed boats which caught up with the faster classes to take the first 7 positions, including 5 Solos. As usual the RS 400s were first to cross the finish line, but came last on handicap.

A bad start left Andrew Horne (Solo) trailing a long way behind the leading Solos. However, some favourable wind shifts and effective light wind sailing enabled him to catch up with the leading single handers.

The results after application of handicap corrections were: John Purdy (Solo) 1st, Sue Manning (Laser 4.7) 2nd and David Swift (Solo) 3rd.

The fine weather also encouraged a good turnout for the first two races in the DQSC Junior series. Light winds made for difficult racing conditions so a good start was key. Fleur Moranne, sailing a Topper, lined herself up in a great position to take the lead from the beginning of the first race.

William Lynas also racing in his Topper kept up the pressure all the way round. It was close but Fleur confidently took the first win of the season, leaving William in second place and Adam Hall third in his Tera, with Phoebe Pontet coming fourth.

In race 2 Charlotte and Juliet Binning got off to an impressive start in their Mirror. However the wind dropped considerably which made it a race for the lighter single handers. Phoebe Pontet, sailing really well all day, moved to the front of the fleet taking a well-deserved first place.  Lizzie Kies came 2nd in her Pico with Charlotte and Juliet coming third and Gregory Kies fourth.

After the racing the juniors enjoyed fun and games on the water with Henry Bettle, DQSC Dinghy Instructor.  Full video coverage of the junior race is available on the DQSC facebook site.

Andrew Horne

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Start of the Longmore 1 Race

Longmore 1 Race Start

Junior racers in action

Junior Racers in action

Press Report

Longmore and Juniors Press Report