by National Firefly Association 25 Sep 10:56 BST 22 September 2019
Fireflies at Chipstead - photo © Jennie Chapman
Sunday dawned remarkably beautiful compared to the forecast for the eighteen Fireflies who had made the trip to Chipstead SC for the 60th running of the Walter Smith Cup Firefly open.
The Fireflies were joined by eleven Enterprises and a whole shower of Comets making for a fairly packed piece of water.
The Chipstead Enterprise Open Meeting, took place on Sunday 22nd September. 11 boats entered including 5 visitors. The event was shared with open meetings for the Comet and Firefly fleets leading 3 separate starts for each of the 4 races. OOD John Masters did a fantastic job setting good start lines and courses in the face of mixed weather conditions and changeable wind directions.
On arrival competitors were faced with very still conditions with what little wind there was coming from the south. This led to some frequent changes in positions, particularly in the middle of the fleet in the first two morning races.
by Jane Marshall 07 Sep 2019
40 Toppers from 13 clubs around the South East gathered for the 11th event in the SE Topper Traveller Series, that was run in parallel with the annual Chipstead Topper Open. They were greeted with moderate North Westerly, which challenged race officer Bob Murrell to set a fair course, given the long and thin East/West layout of the lake.
The weather was at its hottest during the whole weekend with Temperatures in excess of 30C. Little shade at the lake side.
The number of Yachts racing was 50 , 17 boats in each fleet.
Difficult sailing as the start due the wind direction was going directly away from our standing position, with the sun directly in the sailor’s eyes.