Itchenor K6 Open – Round 3 of Gul Grand Prix

Like the rest of the country Chichester harbour was a very windy place to be for anyone wanting go yacht racing. The hardy fleet of intrepid K6 teams set off from Itchenor sailing club into the open reach of the harbour where race officer ‘Sibby’ and his team were able to lay a good windward – leeward course.

Race one was a rude awakening for many as the waves and tide caught half the fleet out on the wrong side of the beat – however David Hitchcock & Ian Nicholson showed not only that that they knew the harbour but had speed and tactics that left the rest of the boats behind. With much of the fleet in shock from the conditions it was left to Neil Davidson, Andrew & Phillipa Younge to take the runner up spot. Peter Dann & Dominic Stanislaus decided that half their mainsail should be left on the top of a distance post and were forced retire and miss the 2nd race, they did however make it back for the 3rd. Race 2 was a repeat of the conditions from race 1, David and Ian once again led the way but this time it was the team of Dave & Tom Hall & Peter Hansell that led the chasing pack to take second. The tide had changed for the last race of the day and while David & Ian once again pulled out a considerable lead it was the team of Jonathan Calascione, Dave Mossmann & George Yeoman who powered through the fleet to take second after an indifferent start. The fleet who were much relieved to be sent home after the battering were treated to an ISC evening which included nibbles on the decking, a superb dinner and some interesting music.

Sunday dawned with 28 knots blowing through the harbour, as the wind abated a cautious fleet set off to the Gallon reach less a few tired teams from the previous day. At the front of the fleet it was a repeat of Saturday with David & Ian winning the first 2 races. It was the turn of Julian Cook, Caroline Aisher & Richie Leonard to shine, they put in a second and a third and a win in the final race obviously loving the flat water and strong wind.

Another successful weekend of K6 racing with a special thanks to Itchenor sailing club and to Roger Ewart Smith for his organisation.

The fleet moves onto Aldeburgh for its final open before the National Championships at Torbay YC in September.

25/6/12

Rank

Sail No

Helm Name

Crew Name

23-6

R2

R3

24/6

R5

R6

Total

Nett

1st

155

David Hitchcock

Ian Nicholson

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

(14.0 DNS)

19.0

5.0

2nd

206

Julian Cook

Caroline Aisher, Ritchie Leonard

3.0

3.0

(4.0)

2.0

3.0

1.0

16.0

12.0

3rd

156

Jonathan Calascione

Dave Mossmann, George Yeoman

4.0

4.0

2.0

(14.0 DNF)

2.0

4.0

30.0

16.0

4th

166

David Hall

Tom Hall, Peter Hansell

(14.0 DNF)

2.0

3.0

5.0

6.0

3.0

33.0

19.0

5th

157

Roger Ewart Smith

Andrew Carroll

6.0

6.0

(7.0)

4.0

5.0

6.0

34.0

27.0

6th

154

Peter Dann

Dominic Stanislaus

(14.0 DNF)

14.0 DNS

6.0

3.0

4.0

2.0

43.0

29.0