Chipstead Sailing Club Radio Sailing IOM Mid Week Open Meeting
Wednesday 19th June 2019
Eighteen competitors arrived at Chipstead to an overcast day with hardly a breath of wind. Registration was completed, a course was laid and the race officer greeted the sailors. It was great to see two sets of father and sons out together for a days racing.
A light breeze from west north west drifted in and out as racing commenced. Emsworth sailors John and son Theo Gayler made an immediate impact taking the first two positions in race one.
David Andrews won race two with Theo in close pursuit. The light breeze shifted to north west requiring a course change. When racing commenced Theo took the win followed by David Andrews. Two more races were run, each being won by local sailors Mike Keyte and Martin Graham.
After five races, lunch was taken a few minutes early as the breeze shut down completely.
Lunch was hosted in the spacious club house and was a cold meat and salad buffet with a fresh fruit flan and cream for dessert.
During lunch the wind direct shifted to the west and started to settle down in strength although still light.
Seven races were sailed during the afternoon session. Local sailor Carl Targett sailing his Widget-2 took race six, Mike Keyte with his Britpop won two races and Barry Martin sailing his ISIS won one.
Consistency was paramount, and that honour went to home sailor Vernon Appleton who laid down three second places, two firsts and a third, before sailing a discard eleventh in the final race.
Also finding some consistency was home sailor Peter Crisp finding the form to pull his way up the fleet.
Racing concluded after race twelve and all sailors adjourned to the club house for tea and cake and results.
Thank you to everyone who raced and helped to run the event.