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Alton Water Winter Series overall

Harry Pynn - 08th March 2010

As the Winter Olympics basked in warm sunshine, the cold snap continued in the UK. It's too early to say for certain but it has been rumoured that chairman of LOCOG Lord Coe is giving serious consideration to swapping the summer games with Sochi for the winter games. Such a move could be considered controversial. Millions of pounds have already been put into the construction of the Olympic park and converting the buildings for winter sports may be problematic. However a solution may be at hand. The Alton Water frostbite series had 2 cancellations this year. Firstly blizzards prevented competitors from getting to the lake. Later in the series, freezing overnight temperatures caused the lake to freeze over. With Alton Water a venue for the speed skating and the Snoasis indoor skiing centre nearby, Ipswich could be about to pull off a major coup by hosting a major winter sports tournament for the first time. Lord Coe did not comment on the rumours. You heard it here first.

The frostbite series provided close racing in mainly light conditions. Matt Stearn and James Jopling lead for much of race 5 after taking full advantage of a shifty first beat, but they could not hold off Alan Krailing and Edd McArdle and Harry Pynn and Clare Gosling. Nobody could catch Fiona Gray and Aaron Woolf in race 6. Pynn and Gosling took race 7 having overtaken Stephen and Ian Videlo on the second lap. Following the frozen lake cancellation 2 races were sailed on the final weekend. Krailing and McArdle took both races from Chris and Cathy Fish. With Pynn and Gosling absent, this was enough to win both the Lark/RS200 fleet and the overall series.

Fleet results
Overall results