Frensham Five 2006 - Races 1 & 2

Chris Ellis - 13th February 2006

This years Frensham Five, five races out of ten to count over five weekends, will make it a close run event. The number of races will also give everyone the opportunity to qualify. There is no doubt if you want to hone your boat on boat skills, mark rounding and just check your boat speed then 70 mins per race around a course at Frensham, covering all points of sailing is going to help you get off to a good start for the new season.

Race 1. With a force 2/3 forecast with intermittent rain, following a freezing Saturday only the keen were going to get out of bed. Those that did make the start were rewarded with close tactical racing with positions changing all the time, as well as hot thick soup between races. First round the windward mark was Simon Cox and Nicky Curwen in his new boat followed by Nigel Hufton and Chris Whitehouse. By the next mark Chris Ellis and Kathryn Young had taken the lead which lasted a round before Nigel and Chris overtook and stayed ahead for nearly two laps. However, the boats were always close to each other and on the last lap Chris and Kathryn crept ahead upwind to take the gun. The rest of the fleet were always on the leaders heals with places changing between Simon and Nicky, Phil and Linda Whitney and Bob Larder and Chris Griffiths, with Sandy Lavelle and Pat Jones finishing next.

Race 2. First round the weather mark was Chris and Kathryn followed by Simon and Nicky and Bob and Chris. Simon was certainly going well in his new boat and overtook Chris upwind about halfway through the race. Meanwhile Nigel and Chris were having to use all their skills to move up the fleet past Bob and Phil. A crash tack by Simon on the penultimate beat to cover Chris and Kathryn, allowed Chris through for a thirty yard win from Nigel who caught Simon on the line by two seconds.

If you would like to join us and donít have a crew I may be able to help, just give me a ring. Chris Ellis 01256 703402.