RACE REPORT 3 October 2015 – Birdsall Family Trophy
The day started with promising signs of a building seabreeze clear skies and an unusally hot day for the early start to the season. With a light Sou’easter starting to fill in, bets were put on as to whether the breeze was going to shift around to the East/Nor East. Most of the fleet decided to hedge their bets either way and slot in the No.2 Rig except for Gizmo (James Birdsall and Peter Bevis) who went No1 (Big Rig). There were 10 boats on the start line for the longweekend regatta with 7 finishes.
With a handicap start (highest handicap start first) and predictions of a building seabreeze, the guys heading off first were going to be struggling to maintain the gap between them and the lower handicap positioned boats starting later, however, as it turned out the breeze never did quite fill in as predicted and the guys were left with a light Easterly to get them around the course as it slowly died off throughout the day.
Skoll with Peter Polec and fill-in Ollie Hartas, recently returning from his European sailing stint over winter, took out the double win beating Lincoln Crown (Jonathan Temple & Richard Jones) on scratch and handicap with Gizmo coming in with a second on Handicap, not quite able to keep the distance between Skoll coming into the finish. Chapman High Performance Sailing saw veteran skipper Jack Winning team up with his old crew’s son from the 90s James Glassock (Andrew ‘Bushy’ Glassock) finishing a very respectable third on handicap with it being James’ first taste in the bigger boats stepping up from his usual Flying 11 gig.