Dinghies Dinghy Racing Race Reports

Frostbite Series gets off to a Great Start

(Published in the Chichester Observer on Thursday 8 December 2016)

Temperatures may be dropping but competition is hotting up at Dell Quay SC. The first races in the club's open Frostbite Series drew 18 boats to the start line and saw new competitors challenging established names.

Though the fleet included boats that varied in speed from RS400s to a Byte, it was dominated by Solos, which also took most of the top positions. But first away from the start line each time was James Pound (Laser), returning to the club where he learned to sail in a Mirror and where his father served as commodore.

Despite a long break from dinghy sailing Pound showed he'd lost none of his competitive edge, though a capsize in the first of the day's two races as he avoided a stalled boat cost him a top-three place. That was redeemed in race two, when he took second place on corrected time.

Winner each time was Bill Dawber, who also finished first on the water in the first race and was close to the leading RS400s at the end of the second. But in race one Dawber had to haul back the lead initially established by fellow Solo sailor Simon Verrall, a comparative newcomer to the club. Dawber managed that with a better choice of shifts on the windward leg, but Verrall took second place behind him and third in the next race.

Behind Verrall each time, scoring a third and a fourth, was another sailor new to the Dell Quay Solo fleet, Justin Biddle. Other Solo sailors well in contention were John Purdy, with a fourth and sixth, and Mike Shaw with a fifth. Roger Francis and Lizzie Kies, in only their second foray in a 2000, were rewarded with fifth in race two.

The gusty easterly breeze caught out a number of competitors, who found capsizing decidedly chilly. But the triangle-and-sausage course, set both to provide two beats on each lap and to keep competitors within sight of the club in case conditions worsened, provided good racing and was much enjoyed. Dawber currently leads the series.

Report and Photos by Liz Sagues

Dell Quay SC Dec 3 2016 race 1

Dell Quay SC Dec 3 2016 race 2