Double Dan - Race Report - September 2019

Last Sunday members of Clacton Sailing Club joined by sailors from Gunfleet Sailing Club raced for a much coveted trophy The Double Dan.

Crews on beach - Double Dan 2019

The 'Double Dan' Trophy dates back to 1958 and has been won by sailing legends including Reg White and starts at Brightlingsea Sailing Club with competitors then sailing all around the coast back to Holland on sea.

Start gun sounds

At 14.00 sharp the start gun sounded across a packed Brightlingsea start line with Paul Stanton a previous winner sailing his Laser getting a perfect start with Larry Foxon Ian Wright sailing their Hurricane SX catamaran followed by the rest of the fleet including Brian Allan and Robert Mitchell sailing F18 catamaran with a damaged rudder suffered in their journey to Brightlingsea.

All was set with the much faster craft needing to gain significant distance in front of the slower boats as with the handicap system you can be last over the finish line be still be the winner.

Calamity

With the impressive procession coming out of the Creek it was calamity for the leading catamaran team Foxon and Wright with their Gennaker flying caught a gust spectacularly capsized sending the helm and crew flying with Larry also crashing through the main sail. With time of the essence this proved to be disastrous.

Eyes on the prize

Paul Stanton had his eyes on the prize and kept in striking distance all the way with Andy Dunnett also sailing a Laser coming right through the fleet and pushing Paul with just seconds between them. Michael Gutteridge and Derrol Pedder sailing their GP14 enjoyed a real battle with a Xenon being sailed by Clare and Michael Giles.

Dash to the finish

With the finish line in sight spectators were treated to a dash to the finish line with everything to play for with Rob Mitchell on his Dart 16 making the most of the problems suffered from the bigger cats, but when all the numbers were crunched it was Paul Stanton who took the honours followed very closely by Andy Dunnett who took second and Gutteridge and Pedder being a very worthy third.

Big thank you

Big thank you all the rescue boat crews and organisers who made this great annual event happen..

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