Congratulations to Colin Goodman for a dominating display at the first district Open of the year at ChipsteadM&S Marblehead Interclub Event 1 at Chipstead Sailing Club – 19/01/2019
The day started bright but very cold as the competitors arrived at Chipstead Sailing Club. With boat registration completed and the course laid the briefing commenced at 09:45. Dave Allinson the PRO welcomed everyone to the club and outlined the days sailing. The Chipstead SC Radio Sailing fleet provided a host of bodies to perform all the duties needed to run an efficient meeting from race officials to observers. Racing commenced just after 10:00 with the breeze from the East South East and averaging about 8 mph.
The course was a windward leeward course over a distance of approximately 150 metres. The mornings racing consisted of seven races with Colin Goodman as the outstanding leader, but with only ten points covering the following four boats. The home based boats were also having a good series with only a handful of point between the three of them. Lunch was taken at 12:45 with a superb hot sausage and vegetable stew and French bread being very welcome in the cold conditions.
The afternoon race session commenced at 13:45 with Colin Goodman continuing his good run. John Shorrock also maintained his consistency and slowly began to cement his boat into second place overall. Martin Crysell and Trevor Binks battled it out for third and fourth place respectively. After four afternoon races and with the breeze slipping away a halt to racing was called at 15:15hrs.
A special mention should be made of the top home club sailor William Grant who is disabled and sits in a wheel chair, sailed his RM for the first time in some years and finished in a very creditable sixth place. Every one packed away and retired to the club where tea and cake was ready for all to consume. During tea, the results were generated and prizes were presented to the first four places.