Chipstead SC Radio Sailing IOM Unicorn Trophy Open Event Report
Chipstead SC Radio Sailing held its IOM open meeting for the Unicorn Trophy on the 11th February 2018. There were seventeen that came to the start line. IOM skippers from seven clubs were made very welcome with Peter Crisp greeting everyone individually as they arrived at the entrance to the car park.
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It was a cold but bright day with strong winds from the south east. Race officer, Dave Allinson and his team handled the racing very well and was able to run 15 races consisting of two laps with a control area along its whole length giving a good view of the yachts while racing. Chipstead Lake provided a long beat and run course which had to be adjusted at lunch time as the wind increase further and its direction changed slightly. This gave some excellent conditions for racing throughout the day, with enough variation in direction to make the beats interesting.
As the wind was strong number 2 rigs were used throughout the day. The racing was very close in the middle part of the fleet. However at the front Colin Goodman sailed very well and managed to win most of the races. Tony Edwards sailed consistently to win the remaining races. As the wind increased during the day there were a number of rig issues with some having problems resulting in retirements. Trevor Binks, Mark Dennis and Peter Crisp also sailed well to fill the remaining top positions and collected prizes at the end of the tiring day.
The lunch break was welcomed, giving an opportunity to get warm and enjoy a beef stew and bread with a hot drink, laid on especially by the Chipstead SC Radio Sailing members.
Assistant race officer, Garven McKie, kept the racing going with back to back races. The afternoon period produced similar results.
Overall it was an enjoyable and good natured day’s racing for all those who attended. Special thanks were given by the prize-winners to Dave Allinson , who managed the racing well and organised a team from Chipstead SC Radio Sailing for scoring, observing, catering etc. as well as making a photographic record of the event.
There is no doubt that this radio sailing club has fantastic facilities, very well suited to running events with a large lake with good access on the banks and the clubhouse and excellent launching facilities right in the centre of the activity.
Report by Peter Crisp Secretary Chipstead SC Radio Sailing
Results for the Chipstead SC Radio Sailing IOM Unicorn Trophy Open Event 2018:
1st Colin Goodman Chelmsford BRITPOP 13
2nd Tony Edwards Yeovil BRITPOP 27
3rd Trevor Binks Eastbourne BRITPOP 42
4th Mark Dennis Chelmsford BRITPOP 56
5th Peter Crisp Chipstead KANTUN S 71
6th Martin Graham Chipstead V9 89
7th David Hope Chelmsford KANTUN 2 100
8th George Startup Chipstead Fractal 2 118
9th Brian Flecknoe Chipstead BRITPOP 122
10th Vernon Appleton Chipstead BRITPOP 123
11th William Grant Chipstead V9 123
12th David Adam Woking BRITPOP 143
13th David Martin Chipstead MX14 146
14th Colin Honour Chipstead BRITPOP 170
15th Jim La Roche Coal House Fort BRITPOP 186
16th John Carauna Chipstead MX14 209
17th David Lees LBYC BRITPOP 23