Marblehead Games 1 Open Event at Chipstead SC Radio Sailing - 18/01/2020
The day started bright but very cold as the competitors arrived at Chipstead Sailing Club. The briefing undertaken at 09:45 by Dave Allinson the Race Officer. He then presented the 2019 Marblehead Games prize for 1st Junior & 3rd overall improver to Oliver Stollery.
The Chipstead SC Radio Sailing members performed all the duties needed to run an efficient meeting from race officials to observers.
The windward/leeward course was initially set for a very light westerly wind and racing commenced at 10:00 but shortly after the breeze increased to about 8mph from the West North West direction. So the course had to be reset. Fortunately it stayed in this direction all day although during the afternoon the strength reduced to very light.
The morning consisted of seven races with Colin Goodman counting five first places, but still only four points ahead of second place Roger Stollery. David Adams, David Andrews and Martin Crysell filled the next three places with consistently good performances.
Lunch was taken at 12:30 with club radio members Sandra and David Marten serving up a superb Chilli, rice, a bread roll and a hot drink. This was very welcome by all in the cold conditions.
The afternoon race session commenced at 13:20 with Colin Goodman and Roger continuing their good performances. Roger was slowly closing the gap to the leader. The performance of the afternoon belonged to Peter Stollery by managing to deliver five first places. David Andrews also had a good afternoon with a consistent run of results. Rob Vice and focused helping and advising Oliver Stollery with his boat and race tactics.
Fifteen races were completed during the day with the final race of the day finishing just as the breeze shut down for the day.
Every one packed away and retired to the club where tea and cake was ready for all to consume.
During tea, the results were generated and prizes were presented to the first four places overall and first junior.
Report by Peter Crisp
Photos by John Caruana Chipstead SC Radio Sailing
First Junior - Oliver Stollery
First Place – Colin Goodman
Second Place – Roger Stollery
Third Place – David Andrews
Fourth Place – Peter Stollery
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