ASAP Vortex Southern Championships, Hayling Island 2007

Very strong winds and mountainous seas led to the cancellation of all racing on Saturday to the disappointment of many who had travelled from as far as Devon, Yorkshire and Scotland to this premier location. Instead of racing, the fleet went 10 pin bowling, followed by a trip up the Spinnaker tower in Portsmouth.

On Sunday the wind was still too strong for the fleet to cross the bar in safety, and many competitors decided to head for home early. A much depleted fleet eventually took the water for racing in the harbour.

In race one Chris Tilbrook (Teingmouth) was the early leader, chased hard by Terry Pressdee (Yorkshire Dales) and Angus Winchester (Castle Semple). Jonathan Lister (Yorkshire Dales) recovered from a poor first beat by flying his kite downwind whilst the leaders were being more sensible. His eventual capsize on the drop was almost inevitable and put a large rip in his mainsail; fortunately for him the rest of the mainsail just held together for the remaining races. Philip Whitehead (Yorkshire Dales) started to recover after returning from an OCS but was then unable to drop his kite and headed off in the general direction of Mengham! Chris made one small error on the last lap letting a delighted Terry through to a well deserved first open meeting race win.

In race two an intense thunderstorm, complete with torrential rain and lightning almost caused a premature end to the day's racing, but Phil Whitehead was a man on a mission and led from start to finish without being seriously challenged; the battle for second place was initially led by Chris T. until he fluffed a tack and let Angus through, then had a nosedive to let Jonathan past. Angus stayed cool and was delighted to take second place just ahead of Jonathan.

Phil took an early lead in race three, with Chris Tilbrook and Chris Cunningham (Teingmouth) in hot pursuit. Phil and Chris T. both took spectacular pitch-poles as a squall hit on the first run letting Chris Cunningham through to lead for a lap. Jonathan found flatter water and slightly less tide on the penultimate beat to take the lead – which he stretched but then almost threw away by heading high for the wrong wing mark on the last lap. Meanwhile, Terry was in hot pursuit of Chris C. and these two had a great battle around the last lap, with Chris just surviving a near wipe-out on the top reach and hanging on to second place along the testing final reach with a huge grin.

On the water the overall results were still unclear between Jonathan, Terry and Angus because they each had one poor result and we weren't sure if a discard would come into play. As it happened, the results were the same either with or without a discard so justice was done. Everyone that sailed in the challenging conditions deserved a medal and we are all looking forward to the next event at Yorkshire Dales on 9 / 10 June.

Overall

Sailed:3, Discards:0, To count:3, Entries:8, Scoring system:Class Racing

Rank

Class

SailNo

Helm

Club

R1

R2

R3

Total

Nett

1

Vortex (Asym)

1164

Jonathan Lister

Yorkshire Dales SC

5.0

3.0

1.0

9.0

9.0

2

Vortex

1073

T Pressdee

Yorkshire Dales SC

1.0

6.0

3.0

10.0

10.0

3

Vortex

1181

Angus Winchester

Castle SC

3.0

2.0

5.0

10.0

10.0

4

Vortex

1045

Phil Whitehead

Yorkshire Dales SC

6.0

1.0

4.0

11.0

11.0

5

Vortex

1153

Jonathan Carter

Richmansworth SC

4.0

4.0

6.0

14.0

14.0

6

Vortex (Asym)

1090

Chris Cunningham

 

9.0 DNF

5.0

2.0

16.0

16.0

7

Vortex (Asym)

1030

Chris Tilbrook

 

2.0

7.0

7.0

16.0

16.0

8

Vortex

1025

Stephen Carr

DYC

9.0 DNF

9.0 DNS

9.0 DNS

27.0

27.0



Scoring codes used

Code

Description

Points

DNF

Started but did not finish

9

DNS

Came to the start area but did not start

9