The first race in the 2019 dinghy racing calendar took place at the Club on Sunday. The conditions were excellent although extremely cold, with clear blue skies, sunshine and a steady six to ten knots of breeze.
Race Officer Chris Brooke set a long and interesting course and was fortunate to get a very true upwind starting line in the Twizzle River with the whole fleet starting well with the fleet evenly split with the end they chose to cross the line.
James Oxley was the early leader from his fleet mate Martin Jenkins in their Phantoms, Dominic Jacobs in his Laser also got away from the line fast and was in contention. Oxley and Jenkins were jousting for the lead at the first mark but Oxley pushed his luck just too far and got caught on the mud allowing Jenkins to round in the lead.
The two Phantoms got away from the rest of the fleet and had a great battle with the lead changing between them several times. At the last mark in the river Jenkins led and managed to hold on to the final mark just off the club House and thirty yards from the finish line, but Jenkins elected to gybe for the finish, which was a costly mistake as Oxley rounded a couple of boat lengths back but then managed to hold on to his boat speed and glide across the finish line with his bow just in front of his opponent’s.
However, Dominic Jacobs had been sailing a very competent race and did very well to keep his concentration without having a running mate near him. Jacob’s Laser crossed the line some six minutes behind the leading boats but took the race on handicap by exactly sixty seconds after the hour and a half race.
Paul and Jemima Burnage sailed their Wayfarer well and took fourth place from Petra Potasse and Steve Gregory sailing their Javelin.
The next race is on Sunday 10th February.