2013 K6 Stone SC. Grand Prix

Light winds and buoy catching.

Stone Sailing club made the K6 fleet very welcome over the weekend of the 18th and 19th of May. A light westerly greeted the fleet along with an incoming tide – a factor that was to prove crucial to the tactics as well as avoiding picking up the racing mark anchor warps with the keel.

Local boats showed the way in the first race with Lawrence & Luka Crispin taking the first race but it was Peter Kirkby & Richard Barker who stole the second race from another local boat of Neil Fulcher & Will Polston. However at the end of the day with a consistent score line including winning the last race the overnight leaders were Dave Smithwhite & Martin Wedge. The real excitement and entertainment was the number of boats who managed to catch the warps of the race marks. With the strong current running it was very easy to pick up the long lines lying at such a shallow angle. The best ones going to Dave & Tom Hall and Fraser Elms & Georgie Smith – there are plenty of other culprits too many to mention!

Sunday dawned with an Easterly breeze which as the race started looked like it would produce a promising day, however as the race progressed the wind faded. Dave Smithwhite & Martin Wedge took an early lead after making the best of a 30 deg shift up the first beat – a lead which they increased through the race to take the gun. With the wind dying away completely there was no more racing leaving Dave & Martin the overall winners.

A big thank you to Neil Fulcher and all the club members who made the weekend both on and off the water a great success.


Sail No

Club

Helm Name

Crew Name

208

HISC

Dave Smith-White

Martin Wedge

159

Stone

Lawrence Crispin

Luka Crispin

216

QMSC

Peter Kirby

Richard Barker

222

Stone

Neil Fulcher

William Polston

204

AYC

Steve Liddell

Martin Liddell

220

TBYC

Dave Hall

Tom Hall

166

HISC

Fraser Elms

Georgina Smith

155

HISC

Ian Nicholson

James Nicholson

213

AYC

Nick Jones

Dave & Spike

137

Stone

Dave Wood

Fran & Debs

162

AYC

Ian Robson

Paddy & Daniell

115

Stone

Mike Stone

Dan Stone

105

AYC

Alex Cooper

Danny Hilling