Icicle Trophy – 2013

The annual Icicle Trophy, hosted by Brentwood MBC took place on Sunday 1st December 2013 with 22 skippers from nine clubs eventually participating. On arriving at the lake the skippers were presented with what can only be described as a mirror with obviously very little wind. With whatBMYCLake what wind there was, from primarily a westerly direction, Malcolm Schaffer the Officer of the Day was presented with the difficult task of setting a course.

The course for the first seeding race was a triangle with a further leg to the finish, but as this took some time, the windward and wing marks were both moved closer to the start line. This course was then maintained for the rest of the day, with the wind strength gradually increasing as the day progressed.

Amongst the 22 skippers participating, there were a couple of notable newcomers who were taking part in their very first open meeting, namely Angela Mears and Andy Thompson both from the Southchurch club. Angela did exceptionally well in that by her third race she managed to get into the ‘A’ heat where she managed a creditable eighth, but then dropping back into the ‘B’ in race 4. Not to be deterred she was quickly back into the ‘A’ in race five where she managed a seventh before dropping back to the ‘B’ in race 6 where she stayed for the remaining race. This just goes to show what can be achieved by a newcomer so hearty congratulations to Angela.

By race five it appeared that Trevor Binks from Eastbourne was going to take the trophy back to Eastbourne having won the event in 2012. By this stage he was leading Mark Dennis of Chelmsford by 3 points and was going well, with George Beacroft and Malcolm Harris both of Chelmsford in joint third place a further 6 points behind. However, this is when it all changed for Trevor as he had two bad races in 6 and 7 whilst Mark had two winning races enabling him to win the event overall by 5 points. Unfortunately George had a bad race 6 which allowed Malcolm to develop a lead, which he then maintained after race 7.

With all incidents being sorted on the water, there were only two retirements and one did not finish, with all skippers managing to complete the event without further incidents – well done to everybody. There was one notable skipper missing from the leading group, namely, Vernon Appleton of Coalhouse Fort who struggled all day with a borrowed boat (from his dad) and only managed to get into the ‘A’ in race 7.

Pos. Skipper Sail # Club/City Hull Score

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1 Mark Dennis 19 Chelmsford Widget 12.0 5.0 1.0 1.0 6.0 3.0 1.0 1.0
2 Trevor Binks 72 Eastbourne Obsession 17.0 1.0 2.0 3.0 1.0 4.0 6.0 7.0
3 Malcolm Harris 88 Chelmsford Tonic 26.0 3.0 3.0 10.0 8.0 2.0 5.0 5.0
4 George Beacroft 15 Chelmsford Arrival 2 29.0 8.0 13.0 2.0 5.0 1.0 11.0 2.0
5 Vinnie Zammit 17 Norwich Isis 2 31.0 6.0 10.0 5.0 2.0 6.0 2.0 10.0
6 Peter Sutton 99 Broads BritPop! 36.0 7.0 7.0 7.0 4.0 10.0 8.0 3.0
7 Graham Bartholomew 65 Chelmsford Kantun 37.0 1.0 11.0 6.0 9.0 8.0 7.0 6.0
8 John Torrance 21 Chelmsford Tonic 38.0 3.0 6.0 12.0 7.0 9.0 4.0 9.0
9 Barry Raven 32 Brentwood Arrival 2 39.0 4.0 8.0 4.0 3.0 12.0 9.0 11.0
10 Terry Burton 76 Broads Fraktal 45.0 4.0 4.0 11.0 17.0 15.0 3.0 8.0
11 John Richmond 85 Chelmsford Isis 57.0 6.0 19.0 14.0 10.0 11.0 12.0 4.0
12 Henry Farley 97 Lee Valley Italiko 61.0 2.0 5.0 13.0 13.0 14.0 14.0 20.0
13 Angela Mears 60 Southchurch Single Malt 62.0 9.0 20.0 8.0 11.0 7.0 10.0 17.0
14 Alf Reynolds 42 Chelmsford Isotonic 68.0 7.0 16.0 20.0 14.0 5.0 13.0 13.0
15 Mike Palfrey 156 Brentwood Logic 70.0 5.0 9.0 9.0 12.0 19.0 16.0 19.0
16 John  Jones 77 Lee Valley Errica 82.0 9.0 14.0 16.0 15.0 13.0 15.0 18.0
17 Rodney Latham 63 Lee Valley Italiko 88.0 2.0 12.0 19.0 21.0 21.0 18.0 16.0
18 Chris Esdale-Pearson 74 Har & Dovercourt Goth Evo 3 90.0 8.0 18.0 15.0 18.0 18.0 17.0 14.0
19 Roy Joslin 84 Chelmsford Isis 93.0 10.0 15.0 18.0 19.0 16.0 23.0 15.0
20 Vernon Appleton 16 Coalhouse Fort Merlot 94.0 11.0 17.0 17.0 22.0 17.0 20.0 12.0
21 Brian Foskett 181 Brentwood Tonic 110.0 10.0 23.0 21.0 16.0 20.0 21.0 22.0
22 Andy Thompson 34 Southchurch Lintel MMX 115.0 11.0 23.0 22.0 20.0 22.0 19.0 21.0

Congratulations to Mark Dennis, Trevor Binks and Malcolm Harris on their achievements.

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Just a quick reminder that we have some forthcoming open events at the end of this month and beginning of next month.

The Second Round of the ‘Numb Thumb’s Winter Series will take place at Coalhouse Fort on Sunday 29th December 2013 commencing at 10.30 am, and the Oliver Lee Trophy hosted by Chelmsford RYC at their Blackwater venue on Sunday 5th January 2014 at 10.00 am. More details on these events as we get closer to the time so watch this space.

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