10 entries from 5 clubs sailed 15 races on a blustery day at Abbey Meads lake, Chertsey. Race Officer Martin Crysell set a simple windward leeward course for the WSW wind and operated from the southern control area. There were some very strong gusts and initially these Footys were in their smallest, but one rigs.
The conditions favoured Peter Shepherd’s FAT BOY design and although pressed by Peter Jackson’s IBEX and Roger Stollery’s ICE at times, he won the first 5 races. This run of wins would have continued except that he lost Race 6 to Roger. During the afternoon the wind became much lighter with big calm patches in the centre of the course and bigger rigs came out of the sail bags. This made a big difference to young Oliver and Nathan Stollery, who won Races 13 and 14 respectively. Not to be outdone, Peter Shepherd in a frustrating dying breeze won the last race after a battle with David Wilkinson’s single sailed wooden BREITHORN.
The prizewinners thanked Guildford Model Yacht Club’s Race Team, RO Martin and scorer Peter Dunne, for running another good Footy event at the start of the 2020 Footy racing series.
1st Peter Shepherd Abington Park FAT BOY 14
2nd Roger Stollery Guildford ICE 32
3rd Peter Jackson Abington Park IBEX 40
4th David Wilkinson Whitefriars SC BREITHORN 53
5th Oliver Stollery Guildford ICE 61
6th Nathan Stollery Guildford ICE 71
7th Sid Sims Birmingham ICE 80
8th Keith Parrott Frensham Pond ICE 85
9th Mark Mortimore Guildford ICE 119
10th Tony Butler Birmingham ICE 120