The Annual Phoenix v Selsey Victoria Race Meeting
Wednesday the 15th July turned out to be nearly perfect for sailing. May be just
a bit more wind would have made the day perfect, but at least the forecast
showers stayed away. Ten members of the Phoenix club and eight members of the
Selsey club were at the pond to take part in our annual titanic battle to see who
could take the winner’s rostrum this year. The numbers meant we could not race
all yachts at the same time so two groups of 9 yachts raced at any one time.
At lunch time the top 3 yachts from each group from the Phoenix club and the top
2 yachts from each group from the Selsey club made up the numbers for the
new group 1 and the remainder made up the numbers for the new group 2.
We managed to complete 12 races, which meant that each skipper took part in
6 races during the day.
As usual competition was keen with plenty of vocal encouragement for both teams.
The top two buoys in the north west corner proved to be difficult to round due to
the lack of wind in that part of the pond due to the wind shadow from the Island,
however the rest of the pond was very sailable. Weed was a slight problem with a
few skippers collecting the odd bit, and some skippers putting a bad performance
down to weed but on lifting the yacht out of the pond, nothing was seen!
The standard of sailing was very good from every one, with very few disputes
regarding the rules and every one competed in a keen but friendly way. This is how
club yacht racing should be because we all wish to have an enjoyable days racing.
One again, the Selsey club enjoyed the company of our friends from Phoenix and
after the results were announced we accepted the challenge from Grahame Palmer,
Phoenix Club Chairman, to visit them at their lake at Silvermere for a return
challenge next year.
NAME SAIL NUMBER POSITION POINTS
Linda 156 1 17
Peter 63 2 19
Graham 72 3 20
Richard 126 4 21
Paul 51 4 21
Richard 33 6 23
Ian 87 7 24
John 65 7 24
Chris 187 9 27
Simon 44 10 29
David W 35 11 31
Hans 22 12 36
Tim 76 12 36
Gordon 71 14 38
David M 56 14 38
Jim 29 16 40
Colin 45 16 40
Gerry 17 18 51
SELSEY PHOENIX RESULTS FOR DAY
TOTAL POINTS. 212 323
Average 26.5 32.3
SELSEY WIN THE DAY WITH THE LOWEST AVERAGE POINTS
LINDA was best Skipper of the day with 17 points