Forty boats enjoyed ideal conditions for the final races of the Chichester Yacht Club winter Snowflake series, with a good force 4-5 breeze and bright sunshine. Race Officer Nick Colbourne set a trapezoid course with a beat straight up the channel. The sailors all enjoyed some fast reaches. The International 14 racing at high speed was a spectacle enjoyed by all!
In the Fast Fleet Archie Massey & Harvey Hillary had two fast wins in the International 14.(ISC). David & Fiona Sayce (Fireball – HISC – shown in the picture in an earlier race) confirmed their overall win with 2 third places. Sophie Mackey and James Warren (Merlin – Shoreham SC) were 2nd overall in. Simon Kings and Alistair Westle (Fireball – HISC) were 3rd overall.
In the Medium Fleet Steve & Sarah Cockerill (Stokes Bay SC) showed a clean pair of heels in both races to the rest of the Fleet, their 2000 enjoying the breezy conditions, giving them a convincing overall series win. Some notable sailing was seen in the last race from Jack Miller & Lauren Bentley (Felpham SC) who sailed their Feva very fast in the windy conditions to take 2nd place, finishing 4th overall.
Martin Frary was second overall in his Solo and Alex Butler (HISC) only half a point behind in his Laser 4.7.
In the Slow Fleet the Feva’s battled it out on the day with Nina & Connie Radford (Langston SC) and Henry Green & crew (Langston SC) taking a win each. The convincing overall winner was Fin Swanton (Felpham) in his Topper, 2nd were Nina & Connie Radford and 3rd Henry Green & crews.
The series was dogged with variable weather from gale force winds to flat calm but 9 races were completed with a total of 82 boats competing.