Snowflake series honours are dished out at Chichester

Jerome Bakker sails towards Snowflake honours
Jerome Bakker sails towards Snowflake honours

The forecast was uncertain for the final races in Chichester Yacht Club’s Snowflake series.

Race officer Charlie Porter set a W-shaped course for the fast and medium fleets, with the slow fleet sailing a V course.

The fast fleet was only eight-strong for race nine of the series. Only the leaders managed to round the leeward mark, the rest of the fleet chasing it towards Dell Quay.

The race was abandoned and the fleet sent ashore as the mark was recaptured and tethered to the seabed again. The race was restarted but the gusts were strong enough to cause a few capsizes, and a number of boats retired.

First over the line was the CYC Fireball of Andy Palmer-Felgate and Rich Anderson, but on handicap the Merlin Rocket of Neale Jones and Sam Adam (HISC) were ahead, with the RS 200 of David and Fiona Sayce (HISC) third.

Race ten had only five starters, first place going to the Fireball, with Jones and Adam second and the Sayces third.

A total of 36 fast-fleet boats competed, with 15 qualifying for the results.

The top places all went to Merlin Rockets, with the Shoreham teams of Warren and Oakey and Jackson and Gifford taking first and second, and the Cockerills (HISC) in third.

These three were all level on 17 points nett, the final results being calculated on the number of first places. The first CYC boats were the Fireball of Palmer-Felgate and Anderson in 11th place and the Ellimans in their RS400 in 12th.

Single-handers dominated the 17 entrants in the medium fleet again, with Jerome Bakker (HISC) in his Solo taking first place in race nine.

Jimmy Carter (CYC) crossed the line first in his Laser, but earned second on handicap, with Ray Collins (Laser, Locks SC) third.

In race ten, Richard Bailey (Emsworth) in his Laser took first place with a clear lead on the water, followed by Bakker and Mark Harper (CYC) in Solos. Michael and Paula Olliff (CYC) in their 2000 put in a confident performance to cross in second place, dropping to fourth on handicap.

The medium fleet had an entry of 47 boats for the series, 21 of which qualified. The overall winner was Bakker, who competed in every race and counted three firsts and three seconds for his final score. In second place was Bailey and third Harper.

Six boats competed in the slow fleet, the Topper of Jess Carter (CYC) crossing the line first in race nine, but losing out to Thomas Weston and Patrick Jefferies from Itchenor in their Mirror on handicap.

In third place was another Itchenor Mirror, sailed by Edward and Celia Hansell. Jess Carter was the only one tough enough to compete in race ten, gaining her another bullet to count.

Overall results for the slow fleet gave Carter a well-deserved first place, with four first and two second places to count. Second overall was Howard Lane of Lancing (Topper) and third the Hansells.

By a complicated formula, it was determined that the overall trophy winner was Bakker, with Jess Carter second, and Richard Bailey third.

The Merlin Rockets will be back in force for the CYC Open on Sunday, March 30.