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Pallot Windows Frosbite Series -Heavy winds test fleet
The Pallot Windows Frosbite Series, hosted by the Royal Channel Islands Yacht Club, held its third race of the season in St Aubin’s Bay on Sunday afternoon. Gloomy skies and 25-knot westerly winds offered competitors some navigating problems but these won’t stop Jackana, Less Xpense, and Lisia from taking the top spot of their respective classes.
To call it the third race is seriously misleading as the first race, scheduled for early November, was abandoned due to winds reaching nearly fifty knots.
By contrast, the second race, held on 18th November, was bliss. The force 2 to 3 north north easterly breeze, accompanied by autumnal sunshine and calm seas drew seventeen boats to the start line.
Star performers, that day, were David Jones and Guy Pipon’s First 34.7, Jackana, in cruiser class one,
Peter Crabb and Peter Williams Ed Dubois-designed Starflash, Jack Flash, in class two and Chris Fritot’s
Hunter Sonata, Rondo, in class three. The day saw the first appearance of Tom Hill’s newly-acquired quarter tonner, the renowned Runaway Bus, newly resident in Jersey.
The third race, by contrast, was run under leaden skies with westerly winds gusting to twenty-five knots. The anticipated soaking did not arise as the morning’s rain had stopped well before the race got under way. Perhaps because of the weather, perhaps because of early Christmas festivities, the fleet was slightly diminished with three fewer boats on the starting blocks.
Cruiser class one was first off the start line, at midday, in the St Helier Harbour Small Roads, heading for the East Rock buoy and St Aubin’s Bay where the around-the-cans course provided an hour and a quarter’s windward-leeward racing in the shelter of the Bay. Jackana held off Rhys Perkins and partners’
Archambault 35, Abracadabra, for the greater part of the race only to be overtaken on the East Rock buoy as the boats rounded and hardened up for the reach to the finish line. Whilst Abracadabra had the satisfaction of taking line honours Jackana crossed just seventeen seconds later to beat her convincingly on corrected time, thus chalking up her second win in the series.
Starting ten minutes later, in company with the class three fleet, Steve Pearl’s X79, Less Xpense,
revelling in the strong winds, struck out from the outset to establish an impressive lead over her rivals.
Jeff Speller’s 2Farr and Julian Barber’s Super Q, both Farr 727s, kept very close company with Jack Flash throughout the race. Less Xpense, finishing in just over an hour and well clear of the competition, took the race, well clear on corrected time. The battle for second and third was unremitting and it was 2Farr that eventually pulled clear of Super Q and Jack Flash to take second. Super Q was a close third.
The closest finish of the day was claimed by class three with Mark Tucker’s Westerly Merlin, Lisia,
pipping Sean Scarsbrook’s mini-tonner, Miss Mischief, by just ten seconds on corrected time, the
Mischief taking line honours four minutes ahead of Lisia. Nick Querée’s Poc’Han was third.
The fourth race is scheduled for this Sunday with an 0800 start. This early hour coupled with the strong winds, currently forecast, will test the mettle of those who have been partying the night before.
Results – Race 3
1 Jackana – David Jones & Guy Pipon 1.17.17
2 Abracadabra – Rhys Perkins & Partners 1.18.56
3 Big Boys’ Toys – John Smith 1.26.17
4 Zanzibar – Nigel Coxshall 1.29.41
1 Less Xpense – Steve Pearl 00.59.11
2 2Farr – Jeff Speller 1.02.41
3 Super Q – Julian Barber 1.03.24
4 Jack Flash – Peter Crabb & Peter Williams 1.05.26
5 Micmac – Darren Stower 1.08.03
1 Lisia – Mark Tucker 1.14.03
2 Miss Mischief – Sean Scarsbrook 1.14.13
3 Poc’Han - Nick Querée 1.16.29
4 Moonlight Sonata – Tom Vallois 1.18.15
Boy Blew – James Wilding – DNF
by Bill Harris
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