Brentwood Model Boat Club hosted their annual Icicle Trophy on Sunday 2nd December 2012 on a cold frosty but sunny morning. Thirty skippers from as far away as Eastbourne and Norwich approached the lake with some trepidation, concerned that there might be ice on the lake, but their fears thankfully did not come to fruition.
However, whilst the sun was shining there was very little wind as the first two seeding races got underway. Malcolm Schaffer, the Race Officer, set the best course he could under the circumstances, as what wind there was came almost directly from the back of the skippers. As such the course was initially an Olympic triangle with a sausage. After a couple of races when the wind had managed to increase slightly this was changed to two triangles, which did leave to some confusion during one of the ‘A’ Fleet races such that it had to be re- run. But, around lunchtime the wind dropped again and the course was returned to the original but with a wider wing mark.
Apart from the confusion regarding the course change, all other incidents were corrected on the water and in view of the conditions, all skippers are to be congratulated on their behaviour. We had a few skippers who were participating in their first open event and they coped with the large number of boats on the water extremely well. Whilst one or two skippers missed the last race, there were no boat failures and everybody seemed to enjoy themselves even though at times it seemed like they were watching paint dry!!
At the end of the day after five races had been completed with one discard, Trevor Binks was the winner on six points, with Mark Dennis from Chelmsford second on 11 points and Ken Binks from Eastbourne a close third on 12 points. A copy of the full results can be found on the Results page.
|4||Graham Bartholomew||65||Chelmsford||Arrival 2||14.0|
|7||Henry Farley||97||Lee Valley||Italiko||25.0|
|8||Vernon Appleton||36||Coalhouse Fort||Topiko||26.0|
|12||Graham Childs||15||Coalhouse Fort||Arrival 2||39.0|
|16||George Beacroft||30||Chelmsford||Arrival 2||48.0|
|18||Geoff Appleton||16||Coalhouse Fort||Merlo||55.0|
|21||Geoff White||197||Chelmsford||Arrival 2||68.0|
|23||Paul Clayden||110||Lee Valley||Gadget||81.0|
|26||John Jones||77||Lee Valley||Erica||82.0|
Report courtesy of John Newton and Photos gratefully received from Steve Mitchell – note more photos can be found by clicking on ‘More Photos’ towards the bottom right of the page.