CSC Regatta - Race Report - July 2019

Last Sunday members and visitors of Clacton Sailing Club enjoyed a wonderful sunny day on and off the water at their annual Regatta.

On the water members of neighbouring sailing club Gunfleet sailed to the club and joined in the racing programme watched over by the crews of our local RNLI.

In the clubhouse visitors included past members who popped in for a catch up and enjoy the perfect sea view from the balcony of all the action on the water.

CSC Regatta 2019 Photo

Race 1 - RNLI Pennant Race

After all the contestants were fully briefed on the figure of 8 course and at 11.00 sharp the RNLI Pennant Race with prizes across fleets began and 15 assorted craft hit the start line led by Ian and Maria on their Dart 18 catamaran with an A Class catamaran sailed by Peter Boxer and Brian and Robert on their Formula 18 catamaran hot their rudders. By the first buoy of what was to turn out to be an epic battle in the cat fleet between Peter Boxer on his A class and Brian Allen and Robert Mitchell 18 on their Formula over 4 laps Peter took the lead!

Menagerie of craft

Behind the leading fast cats the fleet made up of a menagerie of craft formed an impressive sight on the sea for on looking holiday makers and residents. Many one off battles occurred through out the fleet. The two leading single handers in their lasers of John Summerfield an Paul Stanton, both previous winners, Harry and Jess in their RS200. Robert and Tom in their Solo's and so the list goes on, with Harrison in his Topper although the boat maybe the slowest on the water but on handicap who knows when the final numbers are crunched.

Telepathic connection?

Back to the fight at the front all eyes are on Team Brian and Robert and Mr Boxer who grabs first place despite Brian's partners attempt of telepathic connection from the balcony to tell him that he is sailing the wrong course! Equally team Matt and Milo Burrell, Milo aged 7 helming a 16 foot catamaran followed team Mitchell of Robert and Cathy and missed out a buoy leading to lost time and I am sure lots of ice cream!

Results

Every person that sails is a winner but when all the numbers were crunched the trophy winners of the RNLI race were.

CATS
1 Peter Boxer 'A Class' And over all winner of the RNLI Cup and Pennant
2 Brian Allen and Robert Mitchel 'Formula 18'
3 Ian Wright and Maria O'Sullivan 'Dart 18'

Monos
1 John Summerfield 'Laser'
2 Paul Stanton 'Laser'
3 Harry And Jess 'RS 200'

Race 2 - CUDC Trophy

Race 2 was for the much coveted CUDC Trophy which has been won by sailing greats including Olympic Gold winner Reg White and the current holder Ian Wright with his first time crew Maria O'Sullivan was determined to keep the prize, equally Brian and Robert were very keen to take away from silver ware and John Summerfield and Robert Gutteridge in the mono fleet were equally determined to take the trophy. Michael Gutteridge helming a GP14 with he highly experienced Darroll Pedder had his eye on the Cadet Cup.

All was to play for and at exactly 13.45 the starting gun was fired and the race was on!

Every contestant wanted to win including Daniel on his A Class catamaran who was at the front with Peter for 3 laps and at one time check was exactly neck and neck. For Brian and Robert an unplanned capsize put their hopes of glory to an end.

The increasing wind inspired Ian and Maria to an exceptional performance and ended with Ian keeping the cup.

John Summerfield in his laser put in a performance to remember to take second on handicap and Robert Gutteridge in his Solo battled the elements to earn a very well deserved 3rd.

Results

Amongst the cadets Michael claimed the honours!

Final Score for the CUDC Trophy
1 Ian Wright and Maria O'Sullivan 'Dart 18'
2 John Summerfield 'Laser'
3 Robert Gutteridge 'Solo'
Cadet Trophy winner - Michael Gutteridge

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