Snowflake fleet to to a flyer at Chichester

Action from the opening Snowflake races
Action from the opening Snowflake races

Chichester Yacht Club’s open Snowflake series started with two races in overcast conditions and a gusty southerly breeze.

In race one of the series, there were 16 entrants in the fast fleet, including six from CYC.

It was the visiting Merlin Rockets who dominated, taking the first four places both on the water and on handicap - Nick Craig and Allan Roberts (Felpham SC), Steve and Sarah Cockerill (HISC), Alex Jackson and Fran Gifford (Shoreham SC) and William Warren and Mark Oakley (Shoreham).

Craig and Roberts won the second race, followed home by Warren and Oakley. Just a second behind to take third on the water was the RS400 of James and Anne Gardener (HISC), but they dropped to sixth on handicap. Jackson and Gifford took third, relegating the Cockerills to fourth.

The medium fleet comprised 20 boats, including six from CYC.

Race one was led by the single-handers, with Richard Bailey (Emsworth) taking first in his Laser, followed by Geoff Sherwood (HISC) sailing very fast in a Laser Radial.

Lucy Boreham was second equal on handicap in her Europe, followed home on the water by Ian Payne (CYC), but he was beaten on handicap by the Solos of Gerome Bakker (HISC) and Ray Collins (Locks SC).

In race two, first home was Bailey, but Sherwood beat him on handicap. Three Lasers and a National 12 crossed the line next, but it was Bakker in his Solo who took third place.

The slow fleet of 11 boats had seven CYC entrants, but the visiting Mirrors from Itchenor, sailed by Edward and Celia Hansell, and Tash and Sarah Ewart Smith, took first and third in race one, despite being beaten on the water by Jess Carter and Charlie South, both CYC Topper sailors, who were given second and fourth.

In race two, the Mirrors were beaten into fourth and sixth by the Toppers of Carter, Howard Lane (Lancing) and Charlotte Reading (CYC).

For full results see www.cyc.co.uk