Fabulous day at Datchet today – 30-31 degrees, bright blue sky and enough breeze for fun!!
FFers, John Hanson and Helen Seldon put in a tremendous performance to tie at 3 points with Andrew Wilson, (another FF owner but sailing his RS today). Sadly for John and Helen, Andrew was awarded the day on count back!!
Roger has continued his excellent scorekeeping and here, hot off the press, are the results from the Spring Series:
- Richard Jones/Howard Shawyer – Palmer Trophy and Club trophy
- Mervyn Wright/Sophie Singleton – Club trophy
- Mark Firth/Toby Sparkes – Club Trophy
Best Silver: Trevor Sparrow/Mike Clapp – Keene Cup
Best Performance Improvement Rating: Emma Bunting/Russell Griffiths – Ridgeway Consulting Trophy
I’ll let you know when the trophies will be awarded after I have found out when the stars are next around
Also attached is an update to the ‘FF Roll of Honour’ – click here
All the best
With four Datchet boats competing at the Hayling Bulwark, our numbers were down today – four teams on the slip….. in bright sunshine and a force 3 – lovely !!!
There was a bit of a pin end bias on the line, and Howard/Richard popped out of the line of the gun down there. No matter though – the beats were so shifty that Mark and Toby made the top mark first, followed closely by Howard/Richard, then Matt and Andrew. It was all pretty close, with Matt/Andrew closing in on the other two all the time.
Matt and Andrew tended to favour the left side of the beats, and Mark/Toby the right. Come the final beat, Howard/Richard went up the middle and nabbed the top mark first. The top reach was pretty tight for spinnakering – 4011 made it a two sail reach for the most of it and pulled away slightly from the other two. At the gun, it was pretty close but Howard/Richard got it from Mark/Toby then Matt and Andrew.
Race two saw a bit more breeze and Matt/Andrew did a pin end flyer and just crossed ahead of Howard/Richard and Mark/Toby. However, by the pin it was Howard/Richard out front by quite a handsome margin and were never really challenged. On the final leg, Mark/Toby fell into the doldrums and finished a full two minutes behind Howard and Richard.
It was ALL in the beats!!