Frensham Frenzy 2013 Report
Sponsored by Typhoon and Guildford Marine
Sunday March 10th 2013
The Frensham Frenzy is an event open to all comers. And this year it reverted to its tradition - following two previous Frenzies in 2011 – 12, that had zero wind and anything but frenzied.
On Sunday March 10th the wind gusted across the lake from the north east at speeds reaching twenty five knots. Unusually for Frensham the lake saw breaking wavelets. But it was the wind chill that affected everyone involved; with the cold causing not a few retirements.
The Frenzy is a pursuit event. First start goes to the Cadet Class. Local Cadet crew, Molly Spiers and Lucy Petifor led off the line and held that lead for long periods of both races. Among the chasing classes was the Finn of veteran sailor, Richard Hart.
Richard, a Frensham founder member and former champion, was by far the oldest contestant on the day. This did not affect his form as he competed around the course to finish fifth overall out of twenty eight entries. But the day belonged to three visiting crews. First a Lark dinghy sailed by Pete Mitchell and Karen Falcon from Southampton and an Icon class sailed by Mike Lyons and Simon Beddous from Burgfield, and furthest travelled crew, a Lark sailed by James Ward and Kate Cumming from Exe SC. Fastest Frensham entries were Tim Deacon in his Solo, with Richard Hart fifth and Graham Howlett sixth in his Laser.
Following the contest the sailors were only too happy to reach the warmth of the clubhouse and attack the famous Frensham free tea. Club commodore, Jeff Dolton, thanked all the contestants and also the event sponsors: Typhoon and Guildford Marine for the splendid array of prizes. Then he thanked the race officer and the safety boat crews who had had a busy day, the galley staff for their good food, and of course: sailing secretary Keith Videlo, a previous winner of this event.
In her speech the winner, Karen Falcon, thanked everyone who had organised this day. “This is such a friendly club and such happy place to come to. It was well worth the trip from Southampton. We will come back again…”
1st. Lark – Pete Mitchell & Karen Falcon – HaylingIsland and Netley SCs.
2nd. Icon – Mike Lyons & Simon Beddous – Burgfield SC.
3rd. Lark – James Ward & Kate Cumming Exe SC.
4th – Solo – Tim Deacon – Frensham.
5th. Finn - Richard Hart – Frensham/Warsash.
6th Laser. Graham Howlett – Frensham.
Special prizes. Youth. Molly Spiers & Lucy Petifor
Master. Nick Royse
Grand Master. Richard Hart.