Dinghies Dinghy Racing Race Reports

Strong Winds Continue to Challenge Frostbiters in 2016

(Published in the Chichester Observer on Thursday 21st January 2016)

The first two races of the year in the DQSC Frostbite series (5 and 6) attracted 6 boats on to the water, despite the continuing strong winds. Race Officer Frank Wilson set a figure of 8 course between Copperas East and the club house taking into account the predominantly SSW breeze.

The first race took place in a challenging force 6 gusting at times to force 7, proving too much for Ken Baker and crew in his Day Boat who retired from the race after capsizing. Bill Dawber (Solo) also had difficulty launching in the strong gusts and was hit by the boom whilst stepping into the boat, resulting in a nasty cut which required prompt first aid from his wife so he could continue racing.

Martyn Jones (Laser Radial) struggled to get back across the line in the final minute before the start and was caught on course side as the hooter blew. Andy Morley (Pico) was first to cross the start line with a good lead but was unable to hold off Bill Dawber (Solo) and Martyn Jones (Laser Radial), finishing third on handicap. Despite having to return to cross the line legally Jones managed to come in second on handicap, leaving Dawber to take first place with Peter King and Jamie Prescott (RS 400) fourth.  

The wind dropped slightly for the second race but was still blowing a hefty force 5 gusting to 6. Dawber and Jones dominated the racing again but this time it was Jones who came in first, leaving Dawber, who had issues with weed around his rudder, to settle for second place with Morley third, Baker fourth and Fred Hilgers (Solo) fifth.

With the series now half way through Bill Dawber has established a clear lead in the series, having only dropped one race so far. Ken Baker and Andy Morley are currently joint second in the series with Fred Hilgers fourth. 

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Andrew Horne

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