Dinghies Racing Race Reports

Wet Ending to Late Trophy Series

(Published in the Chichester Observer on Thursday 16th October 2014)

A good turnout from both the Solo and Handicap fleets made for some competitive racing in the final two races of the DQSC Late Trophy Series, despite the forecast heavy rain. Conditions were dry for most of the racing, with variable force 2 to 4 ENE winds, but the expected rain showers arrived during the second race making it difficult to read the luff telltales on the beats.

Race Officer Frank Wilson set a course with a short beat up the Fishbourne channel to the Hook racing mark, followed by a long reach/run down to the Marina mark. The Solo fleet got off to a good start in the first race and kept well together, with much jostling for position at the Marina and Bowling marks.

The congestion at Bowling mark on the first lap left Andrew Horne unable to avoid a collision with Mike Shaw and hence obliged to take a 720 degree penalty turn which left him trailing well behind the rest of the fleet. Consistent sailing by Solo veteran Gordon Barclay earned him first place, with Malcolm Buchanan second and Chris Wylam third.

The fleet kept well together again in the second race with the first three places unchanged from race one. Solo Late Trophy overall series winner is Bill Dawber, with Gordon Barclay second and Malcolm Buchanan third.

In the Handicap fleet racing was less consistent with performances varying significantly between the two races. Phoebe Noble (Laser Radial) won the first race and took third place in race 2. Jean and Liz Sagues (Lymington Scow) came second in race one, with Sue Manning (Laser 4.7) in third place. Andrew Buchanan (Finn) took first place in race 2 with Helen Dignum (Streaker) second.

Handicap Late Trophy overall series winners are Jean and Liz Sagues, with Phoebe Noble second and Tom Bettle (Topper) third.

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Andrew Horne