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Frensham Pond Sailing Club RS Tera Open Meeting
36 enthusiastic young competitors from as far afield as Rutland, Harwich and Sutton Bingham took to the Pond for the 2016 FPSC RS Tera Open Meeting on Sunday 12th June.
In the Pro fleet, Tim Hire set the early pace in the first race but was overhauled by Freddy Wood, who never looked back and took a clean sweep of firsts. Tim and Issy Taylor-Jones were always close behind, though, and traded places to take second and third overall.
The Sports mustered an amazing 29 entrants, with impressively close racing throughout the fleet. At the front there was a hard fought battle and much place changing in all four races between Tom Ahlheid, Luke Anstey, Alice Davis, Ralph Nevile, Fergus Pye and Jake Thompson, with Tom Stratton-Brown always pushing them. Ralph edged out Luke by a boat length to take his third win and the series, with Luke having to settle for second overall with a win and a string of seconds.
Grateful thanks to Andark Diving & Watersports and RS Sailing, who very generously supplied some fantastic prizes for the event.
Pro Fleet : 1st Freddy Wood (HISC); 2nd Tim Hire (Royal Lymington); 3rd Issy Taylor-Jones (Royal Harwich / Alton Water).
Sport Fleet: 1st Ralph Nevile (FPSC); 2nd Luke Anstey (FPSC); 3rd Tom Ahlheid (FPSC); 4th Alice Davis (Great Moor SC); 5th Jake Thompson (FPSC); 6th Fergus Pye (Draycote Water SC)
Novices : 1st Akira Blackha (Welsh Harp); 2nd James Healy (Emsworth SC); 3rd Beth Lewis (FPSC)
The full results table can be found in the “Results” section of the FPSC web site.
With a few venerable boats in various stages of re-build, just six lined up for this year's Signet Open Meeting. But conditions were almost as good as they get at Frensham – a good NNEly, strong enough to plane in the gusts yet shifty enough to keep life interesting. Plus, of course, bright sunshine.
The local boat, with Luke Anstey at the helm and Kate Taylor up front, did not put a foot wrong to win the starts and secure three convincing first places. A fantastic result for the youngest helm in the fleet racing against adults. Pat Overs and Lizzie Davies (Paxton SC) provided some close tactical racing to take second place, with Tim and Tom Wild (Saltash SC) snapping at their heals in third.
The Signet Class Association is very grateful to FPSC for hosting another open meeting and were once again bowled over by the facilities, friendly welcome and brilliant weather provided!
|907||Luke Anstey/Kate Taylor||Frensham Pond SC||1||1||(1)||2||1|
|914||Pat Overs/Lizzie Davies||Paxton Lakes SC||2||2||(4)||4||2|
|847||Tim Wild/Tom Wild||Saltash SC||3||(3)||2||5||3|
|924||John Panting/Frank Goodall||Papercourt SC||4||4||(5)||8||4|
|858||Keith Hatton/Richard Cannon||Aquarius SC||6||(DNF)||3||9||5|
|690||Will Davies/Michael Whiteside||Paxton Lakes SC||5||5||(6)||10||6|
The final World Team qualifying event took place over the bank holiday weekend at The Royal Corinthian Yacht Club, Burnham on Crouch. Frensham boats took 4 of the 10 places to represent GBR at the 50th Cadet World Championships in Buenos Aires, Argentina in December.
Congratulations to Megan Ferguson and Yasmin Sfaxi; Issie qnd Emily Speirs; Ryan Wilkinson and Eliza Jones; and Anna Morgan and Jemima Hill
Frensham Pond Sailability has been honoured with the Queens Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award that a voluntary group can receive in the United Kingdom.
This award reflects the hard work, commitment and enthusiasm of literally hundreds of regular volunteer helpers and support from the club over 15 years since Sailability was launched in Septmber 2001.
As well as being our annual open day, this will be our contribution to the RYA's Push the Boat Out 2016. This is the RYA's annual campaign to get people on the water. Push the Boat Out runs from 14th to 22nd May.
On Saturday 14th May the club will be open to members of the public to have a look around the club and have a taster sail if they wish.