The competitors at this weekend’s Frensham Frenzy were treated to some lively racing in the gale force winds
Despite the gale force winds which forced many sailing events to be cancelled over the weekend, the relative shelter of Frensham Pond SC made racing Guildford Marine Frensham Frenzy Pursuit Race possible.
However, 40 knot gust screaming across the lake from all sorts of directions made for extremely challenging sailing conditions during the two 75-minute pursuit races.
In the morning race, Cadet sailors Jack Lees-Smith/Alex Young made the early running but by lap three Solo sailor Alan Dance had planed into the lead. Behind them there was a battle going on between the GP14 of Tim Hemsley/Stu McManus and Nick Craig in an OK, with Craig having to take a 720 degree penalty turn early on.
Craig came through downwind to take the lead on lap four. Chris Elliss/Carolyn Curwen were moving through the fleet fast in their Lark but a capsize in one of the vicious gusts meant Craig was never challenged to win from Hemsley/McManus.
Katrina and Colin Gilbert did extremely well to keep their tippy Enterprise upright for most of the race to finish third. Leading visitor Terry Curtis in an OK almost caught Elliss/Curwen on the finish line, who were fourth.
The five rescue boats were very busy with only 15 of the 30 starters finishing.
Over lunch the wind increased with whole pond turning white on occasions. Unsurpisingly, only about 15 souls ventured out for the afternoon race which got underway in one of the biggest gusts of the day. Hemsley/McManus capsized while in the lead and Craig took over pole position with the Gilberts and Curtis chasing hard. Gusts were now reaching 40 knots and with most boats capsized, several washed up on the leeward shore and a Lark transom detached from the boat, the race officer made the wise decision to cancel racing for the day.
1st OK, Nick Craig Frensham Pond
2nd GP14, Tim Hemsley and Stu McManus Frensham
3rd Enterprise, Katrina and Colin Gilbert Frensham
4th Lark, Chris Elliss and Carolyn Curwen Frensham
5th OK, Terry Curtis Upper Thames
6th GP14, Steph and Keith Videlo Frensham
7th Laser, Mike Redpath Frensham
8th Laser, Clive Eplett Frensham
9th OK, Graham Eliss Frensham
10th Laser, Bob Castle Frensham
Top under 21 Laser Radial, Rebecca Marriot
Top under 18 Lark, Tom Whicher and Alex Adams
Top under 15 Cadet, Jack Lees-Smith and Alex Young
Top lady Enterprise, Kartina Gilbert
Top lady crew Lark, Carolyn Curwen
Top family Enterprise, Katrina and Colin Gilbert
Top master Lark, Chris Elliss
Top visitor outside prizes Lark, J and N Hurst Parkstone
Longest swim Graham Ellis
Lark Elliss and Curwen