TEN HOUR RACE - Saturday 7th July - Sponsored charity: The Abbey School
Report by Jim Morley
Frensham Sailing Club’s annual Ten Hour Race is a fun event always held in aid of a charity.
This year the event was in aid of Farnham’s Abbey School whose children are keen supporters of Sailability.
The weather conditions varied with a shifting South Easterly breeze. Although the sun shone at times the event was sent periods of intense soaking rain. This did nothing to spoil the enjoyment of the nineteen competing crews sailing fifteen different designs of racing boat. Each boat sails a fifty minute stint and then makes a pit stop change of crew.
The set course took the boats to every part of the lake. The different designs are scored on a handicap system that makes the lake a level playing field. Throughout the ten hours the crews on the water were supported by family and friends ashore including many Cadet parents. An ice cream van for the children and entertainment by a rock musician enlivened the shoreside, while the galley, kitchen was kept busy through the day as crews changed shifts on the water.
As the last boats finished ,crews and supporters crowded the club house for the post race barbecue followed by the prize giving.
Special thanks were given to the organising team; Karen Ferguson, Kim Davies, Sally Townsley and Ian Hiscocks. To race officer: Tim Hemsley. To the timing team: Graham Howlett, Pat and Sue, who manned the race line computer throughout the day and posted updated results each hour. Especial thanks went to the galley team of Sala and the kitchen girls. And of course the BBQ team: Steve White and his children. Not forgetting the safety boat crews who kept an eye on the water through the day.
If you have raised money for the Abbey School then please hand cheques or cash to the Club Manager, Julian Davies, or any member of the General Committee. It is not too late to make a donation towards the school, your contribution will be very much appreciated and will help to enrich the lives of the students.
Ten Hour Race Results (Full results below)
1st: Phantom – Tim Hemsley – Jeremy Hudson – Clive Eplett.
2nd: Graduate. Sailed by the Videlo family and Neil and Laura Hardie.
3rd: 2.4 keelboat – Lionel East – Nick Cook – Tony Goodall – Peter Gregory – Paul Philips – Jim Morley – Lindsay Burns.
Special Prize. For funniest moment: Iain and Alex Philpott who somehow managed to capsize an allegedly uncapsizeable Bahia training boat.
Fastest lap: Phantom class.
Slowest lap. GP14 class.