2014 K6 Itchenor SC

Itchenor laid on sunshine, tight racing, afternoon cake and a great dinner for the second K6 open meeting of the season. On the water, Andy Fitzgerald and his race team did a great job of managing to set true courses in fickle breeze and strong tide.

The first of the seven races saw Pyers Tucker and Dave Mossman wearing the biggest smiles as they picked the best breeze and won with Ian Robson and Simon Tonks in second. National Champions and HISC locals Dave Hitchcock and Ian Nicholson got the bit between their teeth and won the following two races with dad and son combo Lawrence and Luka taking the fourth race of the day following a nice shift to the south as the sea breeze decided to kick-in. The award for consistency of the day went to Nick Jones and Mike Butler who recorded four eighths. ...they wouldn't have wanted it any other way!

Cake, FA Cup Final and a three course dinner that only Itchenor could do ensured the smiles off the water were as large as those on...other than for Luka who lost a £100 bet on Hull winning. A special toast went to Terry who was making a rare but welcome return to the circuit having been involved with the fleet from the very beginning.

The fleet got a lie-in on Sunday morning as we waited for enough water to be able to launch. The breeze had shifted south, so the course was now across the river which called for a big decision as to whether you crossed the tide early and beat up against it on the south shore or used the north shore and crabbed across to the mark. Ian and Simon called it right and took the first race with Lawrence and Luka in close pursuit. Ian Nicholson now had the stick in his hand and was crewed by Peter Bannister sailing a K6 for the first time after David fell ill over night. They looked good to win the first race until Peter Kirkby and Richard Barker pipped them on the line by half a length having made a lot of distance sailing bigger angles with more speed against the tide. It looked like Ian would the bridesmaid again in the last race as Nick and Mike showed their east coast grit and led for much of the race. However, Ian wasn't going to give-up easily and showed that whether he's sitting at the sharp end or guesting at the back he knows how to make a boat go, and he and first timer Peter overhauled Nick and Mike to take the final race and the weekend overall.



Position

Sail Number

Crew

1st

155

David Hitchcock; Ian Nicholson; Peter Bannister (HISC)

2nd

162

Ian Robson; Simon Tonks (Aldeburgh YC)

3rd

159

Lawrence and Luka Crispin (Stone SC)

4th

216

Peter Kirkby; Richard Barker (QMSC)