2.4mR Open Meeting - Saturday-Sunday 19th-20th May.
The two day event for 2.4 mini-keelboats was gifted by two extremes of Frensham weather. Twenty boats took part. The six race series was due to start with two races back-to-back on Saturday afternoon. Untypical of this spring the weather was warm and sunny with almost no wind. In the end only one race was sailed and won by Frensham’s Richard Smallwood, with Myron Prosser, also Frensham second. The trophy holder Megan Pascoe was third.
Day Two was a complete contrast. A strong but cold north wind swept over the lake with some severe gusts. Three races were sailed in the morning session to make up for the one lost on Saturday. The sailing was exciting and exhilarating. With the wind northerly the course was set with short legs across the Eastern end of the lake. This kept the fleet tightly bunched at times with lots of close racing to windward. The contrast in conditions meant a return to the expected form. Visiting sailor and seven times winner, Megan Pascoe took charge of the event with four straight wins. This more than enough to retain the Frensham Trophy and Megan was able to sit out the last race. Megan Pascoe is one of Great Britain’s outstanding disabled sailors and only narrowly missed out on Paralympic selection this time. After the race she said. ‘I love coming to Frensham. It’s never easy to sail here. You have to be alert and leave nothing to chance.’ Megan paid special tribute to race officer, Dan Shaw. ‘He always sets brilliant courses. I think he’s one of the finest race officers anywhere.’
The day ended with the famous Frensham free tea with a great spread of food. Club Vice-Commodore Neil Hardie presented the prizes including a special award to Andrew Farrow from New Forest SC who in his first sail in a 2.4 coped well in the conditions. He presented Megan Pascoe with the cup noting that this is the seventh time she had taken part and won.
Results. 1st: Megan Pascoe – Weymouth & Portland. 2nd: Richard Smallwood – Frensham. 3rd: Paul Holzherr – Frensham.
Report by Jim Morley