Conditions tricky as sailors roll out barrel

The Clancy Cup is awarded by Pete and Suzy Harrison to Alistair and Manu Jenkin
The Clancy Cup is awarded by Pete and Suzy Harrison to Alistair and Manu Jenkin

Sunny weather blessed the second day of the Chichester Yacth Club Birdham Barrel series. However a force-three made for tricky conditions.

There were three races, the wind dying in the third, in which many did not compete.

In the modern/fast fleet, the 2000 contingent dominated race one with Michael and Paula Olliff having a very close race with Pete Harrison and his new crew Ed Davies.

The Olliffs finished just ahead of Harrison and Davies to take first place, with Andy Conway in RS100 in third.

In race two Tony Purser led the fleet from the front in his RS600, winning on the water and on handicap. This time the 2000 contingent was led by Mike Linney and Chris Day just ahead of the Olliffs.

In the final race, Harrison had got Davies trained up – but had a close race with John and David Cox, who were second.

The medium/classic fleet 
was quite mixed with Solos, Lasers, Streakers, an RS Aero and a GP14.

In race one, Andy Palmer-Felgate in a Laser got a good start and continued throughout, taking first on and off the water.

Nick & Biddy Colbourne (GP14) were second and Mark Harper in a Solo third. In race two, Ian Lissamore in his Solo was first, with the Colbournes second and Harper third.

In race three, only Lissamore completed the course. The only slow fleet boat was the RS Feva of Susannah Olliff and Amy Clayton, who did well in all three – often keeping up with some of the medium fleet boats.

The final races of the Birdham Barrel were part of the Last Gasp series, a separate series for last day of summer racing.

In the Birdham Barrel, the fast/modern fleet was predominantly composed of 2000s with Tony Purser in his RS600 the only exception. Racing was again dominated by Pete Harrison, this time crewed by Sonia Kirk.

They were first in both races with Helen and Mark Green second in race one and Paula and Michael Olliff second in race two.

In the medium/classic fleet, racing was led by Andy Palmer-Felgate in his Laser. He won both races. Derek Jackman was close behind on handicap in his Solo.

Jackman had some exciting racing against Ian Lissamore, also in a Solo, with Jackman finishing just ahead.

In the slow fleet, only Susannah Olliff and Amy Clayton in their RS Feva competed in race six. They were joined by Oliver Randall-May (Topper) in race seven. He has made good progress during the season and kept close to the Feva on the water, taking a good win on handicap.

Birdham Barrel overall results: Fast/modern – 1 Peter Harrison & crews, 2000; 2 Michael & Paula Olliff, 2000; 3 Tony Purser, RS600; 4 Roger Clare. RS Vareo. Medium/Classic - 1 Andy Palmer- Felgate, Laser; 2 Ian Lissamore, Solo; 3 Ian Payne, Laser; 4 Richard Smale, Streaker. Slow - 1 Susannah Olliff & Amy Clayton, RS Feva; 2 Oliver Randall-May, Topper.

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