Typhoon Frenzy 2016 Report
The 2016 Typhoon sponsored Frensham Frenzy may perhaps be remembered for it’s sailing dynasty angle. Father and son Bruce and Matt Hill seemed to have the weather boxed off. Sub-planing for the dinghies and Bruce would be very difficult to beat in his 2.4m. Above that and Matt, sailing like a demon these days in his Laser was always going to be in the mix.
In the longer term, the younger generation may need to look out. Winner of the “bizarre moment(s)” award goes to none other than Nick Craig, in that, for the first time in the 25 years I’ve known him, this was the first time I’ve seen Nick enter a race with no focus on winning. Instead, the next generation of Craigs were being gently blooded. Be warned!
The Frensham Frenzy comprises two pursuit races held on the Sunday after the Dinghy Show. After Saturday’s flat calm, XCWeather delivered perfectly, with the forecast 10-15mph from the NE and a cloudless sky providing perfect sailing conditions. Unless you sail a 2.4m that is - they seemed to want OOD Clive Eplett to shorten 15 minutes early for some reason.
In Race 1, Chris Whitehouse and Simon Haighton broke early from the rest of the seven-strong Lark fleet and looked to be munching up the boats ahead. Matt Hill had similarly broken from the other Lasers as had John Winchester in his Radial. There were times that Ian Gregory was flying in his RS100 (8.4), but with the wind increasing slightly as the race progressed, other classes also were starting to plane too, making Ian’s catch-up job even harder. The Larks get a minute head-start on an RS200 and Katrina Gilbert/Jenny Rust seemed to spend the race struggling to work their way past yet another Lark.
At the finish-time, it was all extremely tight, so the OOD went for the fairer finishing option of a moving finish. This seemed to cause a bit of confusion, primarily, it transpired, for those that had not read the Sailing Instructions. Nigel Hufton/Mat Wood had hauled in Chris/Simon over the final two legs and the two were right together at the final leeward mark. Some, err, inter-boat communication resulted in Nigel doing a 720, giving Chris/Simon’s Lark a simpler close-out to take the bullet, closely followed by Matt in his Laser, Ian in the 100, Charlie Roome/Emma Hivey and Nigel/Mat’s Larks then Katrina and Jenny in the 200.
Conditions were similar for race 2, perhaps with a bit more breeze on average, providing some great looking sailing. Again Matt Hill was fast out of the blocks but this time Chris and Simon were back in the Lark bunch with Charlie and Emma making the break. Katrina was still finding the Larks a struggle to get past but was making a better fist of it this time. With 15 minutes to go, we had a Hill family 1-2 but Bruce was never going to hold back the dinghies today. With the fleet far more spread this time, a fixed line finish was chosen, Matt taking the bullet comfortably from Katrina/Jenny and Charlie/Emma with Steve Cumley/Eluned Stewart fourth in another Lark.
Overall, this gave Matt a comfortable win. Chris/Simon’s first-race bullet gave them second on count back from Charlie/Emma, both having 7 points. Katrina/Jenny were a point back for fourth, Steve/Eluned fifth and an exhausted, pie-deficient Ian Gregory sixth on count back from Nigel/Mat.
After the famous Frensham free tea, Commodore Colin Dutton presented the trophy and Typhoon sponsored prizes (they design and market the Neil Pryde brand too, who knew?) and thanked all those who had made the event, as ever, a great success.
There is a gallery of over 200 pictures from the day on Clive’s website here. Feel free to download for personal use