Frensham Five

Simon Cox - 31st January 2005

With a changed format this year, five races out of eight to count only the keen will get in the prizes. The Frensham Five was conceived to be an early spring warm up, shrugging off the winter by getting everyone up and running for the new season, and Frensham is the ideal place to check your boat speed and improve your technique on all the points of sailing.

Race 1. In a light North North Westerly the starting line was hotly contested. Matt Wood and Sam Atkinson and Chris Ellis and Kathryn Young were caught over the line and had to return; leaving Nigel Hufton and Chris Whitehouse leading the way followed by Phil and Linda Whitney. There were few further place changes excepting that Chris and Kathryn managed to gradually work back through the fleet to overtake all but Nigel until the last round when Chris just managed to creep to weather of Nigel on the last reach to lead to the finish with Phil third.

Race 2. With a course change, all lined up for a windward start. Chris and Kathryn managed to get to the weather mark well ahead of the others and continued to pull away to win by nine minutes. Phil and Linda led the rest of the fleet round with Nigel and Chris hot on their tail, until the first run when Nigel and Chris overtook Phil. Nigel later retired leaving Phil to finish second and Matt and Sam came through to finish third, having overtaken Bob Larder and Ollie Impey towards the end.