The day started very grey and overcast as the 23 skippers made their way to the Chelmsford Radio Yacht Clubs Channels Lake to take part in this Ranking Event.
Race Officer Graham Childs assisted by George Beacroft set a windward– leeward course taking advantage of the longer bank of the lake as the wind was around 15 knots from the west.
The fleet were separated into A and B fleet for the seeding races these races were won by Peter Stollery sailing his own designed and built boat “Uproar” and Brad Gibson also with his own designed and built boat “Grunge”.
May be there is something in this DIY thing!
Just as the 2nd seeding race had finished the sky’s opened with a heavy rain and white horses on the lake delayed the racing for a short time.
The course was changed during the break to adjust for the slight change in direction however they kept the windward—leeward format with a spacer mark to avoid conflict at the windward end. This course remained for the rest of the day.
Most skippers found either C1 or C2 rigs the order of the day with only the exception opting for B1 Rig.
There was very close racing throughout the day with a very good tempered atmosphere with very few incidents requiring penalty turns. There were two protest hearings and even these were not acrimonious but rather to obtain average score due to being hindered by an offending boat.
Brad Gibson won the day with a score of 6 from the 8 races after the two discards, Graham Bantock was second on 14 points and Peter Stollery third also with 14 Points.
|4||Chris Harris||25||Windrush||Magick 3||17.0||2.0||8.0||2.0||3.0||4.0||2.0||4.0||5.0|
|6||Darin Ballington||98||Manor Park||Rok||39.5||5.0||4.0||12.0||6.0||12.0||8.5||5.0||11.0|
|8||Martin Crysell||52||Guildford||Prime Number||46.0||11.0||3.0||15.0||24.0||9.0||6.0||7.0||10.0|
|9||Hugh McAdoo||16||Guildford||Prime Number||51.0||10.0||6.0||5.0||12.0||16.0||10.0||19.0||8.0|
|13||Graham Barthol||65||Coalhouse Fort||Starkers Cubed||55.0||7.0||17.0||10.0||7.0||15.0||5.0||11.0||15.0|
|14||Austin Guerrier||46||Three Rivers||Prime Number||60.0||9.0||24.0||9.0||16.5||11.0||16.0||8.0||7.0|
|19||Vinnie Zammit||17||Tri-Services||Prime Number||91.0||6.0||24.0||24.0||11.0||18.0||23.0||14.0||19.0|
|21||Richard Uttley||125||Emsworth Slipper||Starkers Cubed||100.0||10.0||20.0||21.0||24.0||17.0||18.0||17.0||18.0|