The forecasted gales did not arrive until after Wilsonian Sailing Club's New Year Day race 'The Chilly Willies'
The forecasted gales did not arrive until after Wilsonian Sailing Club’s New Year Day race ‘The Chilly Willies’. However, a blustery Force 4-5 south-westerly gave the 13 entries, including three visitors, some testing but excellent planning conditions for the mid-day start.
A lapping course was set within site of spectators on the clubhouse veranda. Steve and Katie Restall (Buzz) took an early lead with Stuart Bailey/Hannah Packman (Buzz) and Grahame Smith (Vortex) in hot pursuit while Tony Hunt/Suzanne Hall (Laser 3000) recovered from a late start. On the second lap Bailey/Packman had a dip and Smith had gennaker problems while Hunt/Hall closed the gap on the leaders. On the third round the Restalls established a clear lead, which they held for line honours and victory on corrected time, as Hunt/Hall failed to catch up sufficiently and had to settle for runners up spot.
Meanwhile Mark Bew (Phantom) and Brian Lamb/Brian Warwick (Wayfarer) steadily kept up with the leaders for third and fourth places respectively. After a late lunch Steve and Katie Restall were presented with the Chilly Willies Trophy and RNLI burgee and it was announced that entry fees had raised £100 for the RNLI.
1st Buzz, Steve/Katie Restall (Downs SC)
2nd Laser 3000, Tony Hunt/Suzanne Hall (Wilsonian SC)
3rd Phantom, Mark Bew (Wilsonian SC)
4th Wayfarer, Brian Lamb/Brian Warwick (Wilsonian SC)
5th Laser Vortex, Grahame Smith (Wilsonian SC)
6th Buzz, Stuart Bailey/Hannah Packman (Medway YC)