Shorrocks do it again!
The last race in the 2003 Frensham Five series took place today (Sunday 23rd March) in warm, spring sunshine and a good breeze. The ten starters behaved themselves today and got away first time, with Katie Shorrock, crewed by husband Andy, hitting the front early and never really being threatened. Behind them Chris Ellis and Nigel Hufton battled for second and third. Mark Ampleford took fourth.
It seems that no-one can touch the Shorrocks for pace. With three bullets Katie wins the title this year, Chris took 2nd overall on 5 points, Nigel was third on 7, with Bruce Hill fouth on 10 points.
We broke records again this year, with more entries, more visitors and more qualifiers than ever before. Thanks to all those who took part, and let's make sure we repeat the success in 2004.
For those who weren't there, you missed a great day's sailing today (Sunday 2nd March) in bright sunshine and a good breeze. Another general recall led to the ten Larks starting after the GP14's, and downwind, too. Catching and sailing through the GP's was interesting, but we managed it without much aggro.
Nigel Hufton led for most of the race, only to be caught by Chris Ellis, which resulted in a fierce battle for line honours. Yours truly surprised himself by escaping the pack and catching Nigel at one point - getting past is quite another matter! (I'll settle for third in this company.) Mark Ampleford sailed through the fleet all race after an iffy start to claim fourth.
Race 3 was memorable for the navigational errors by some - including our vice commodore! - and an OCS by yours truly. The remainder of the eight boats which started had another good race, with Nigel hitting a mark allowing Katie past to lead from there to the finish, and Chris passing Nigel late on to gain 2nd. Phil Whitney, sailing the oldest boat in the fleet (Lark 12) benefited from Nigel's retirement to take 3rd.
Race 2 saw a first ever general recall that I've experienced at Frensham, followed by a scrambled start and a complete pile up at the first mark. Still, what can we expect with fourteen boats on a short line? Guess who came out of it in front? Those Shorrocks again - Katie driving this year with Andy up front (not that it makes much difference to their speed). A battle royal ensued for the minor places with Nigel taking second from Chris with the ever-consistent Cushings climbing through the fleet to finish in fourth.
|Pos||Boat Name||Sail No.||Crew||Club||19/1||2/2||23/2||2/3||23/3||Points|
|1||2339||Katie & Andy Shorrock||FPSC||1||1||-||-||1||3|
|2||Fast & Loose||2469||Chris Ellis & Ed Smith||FPSC||3||2||2||1||2||5|
|3||Tiger||2470||Nigel Hufton & Chris Whitehouse||FPSC||2||DNF||8||2||3||7|
|4||1456||Bruce & Matthew Hill||FPSC||5||4||1||7||6||10|
|5||2146||Brian & Pat Cushing||FPSC||4||-||3||6||8||13|
|6||12||Phil & Lynda Whitney||FPSC||7||3||7||5||5||13|
|7||Silver Song||2332||Nick Hurst & Sam Booth||FPSC||9||OCS||4||3||7||14|
|9||Quarrel & Hardy||2322||Dan Shaw||FPSC||8||-||-||8||9||25|
|10||2045||Bob & Robyn Larder||FPSC||12||5||-||DNF||10||26|
|15||2484||Helen Woodward & Dougal Scott||-||-||9||-||-||43|
Qualifying points total