DINGHISES TAKE PART IN ICEBREAKER SERIES FINAL RACES AT BRADING HAVEN – Island Echo
23 dinghies took to the water at Brading Haven for the last 2 races of the Icebreaker series on Sunday March 20.
The conditions were perfect for the race as the sun was shining and the wind was blowing a Force 4 from the east.
In the 1st race, a long beat upwind to buoy 10A was established, followed by a descent to buoy 14 with reaches to buoy Y, in the port, then to the buoy 17. The Fast Handicap was to complete 4 laps while the Slow Handicap and the Scows completed 2.
Stuart Gummer in his Devoitte sped ahead, closely pursued by the Lasers of Harry White and Charlie White with Kristian Schafer also in the mix.
Phil Wright in his Pico (Racing Sail) took command of the Slow Handicap, with Dawn Bee, also in a Pico (Racing Sail), close behind. Alex Ridgewell, the promising youngest, maintained his position in 3rd, sailing on his Tera Pro.
At the Scows, Martin Palmer quickly took the lead. Meanwhile, Paul Gould and Chris Wilkinson battled rounding buoy 17. Jodie Spence took advantage and finished 2nd.
In the 2nd race, the same course was given to the Fast Handicap, although it was shortened to 2 laps. The Slow Handicap and Scows course was changed, so instead of buoy 10A they went to buoy 12, but they still had to do 2 laps.
In the Fast Handicap, Tony Burton in the Aero 9 challenged Stuart Gummer for the lead and finished 1st on the line with exactly 1 minute left. However, it was the Lasers who triumphed on handicap.
In the Slow Handicap, Phil Wright led the way with Dawn Bee in 2nd, followed closely by Catherine Brading Palmer in her Pico (training sail).
Buoy 17 again proved to be tricky for the Scows and eventually defeated retired Chris Wilkinson. Martin Palmer led the field while Jodie Spence came 2nd, followed by Paul Gould.
It was the last event of the series. 8 of the 12 scheduled races were contested because 2 weekends were marked by storms. The overall results of the series are as follows:
- Harry White, (Royal Victoria Yacht Club)
- Charlie White, (Royal Victoria Yacht Club)
- Kristian Schafer (Brading Havre)
- Phil Wright (Gurnard Sailing Club)
- Dawn Bee (Gurnard Sailing Club)
- Catherine Brading Palmer (Yarmouth Sailing Club)
- Martin Palmer (Yarmouth Sailing Club)
- Jodie Spence (Brading Haven)
- Paul Gould (Brading Haven)
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