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Hayling Island Sailing Club Christmas Cracker Pursuit Race 2019

by Paul Fisk 30 Dec 2019 05:24 PST 28 December 2019
HISC Christmas Cracker 2019 © Peter Hickson

34 boats of all shapes and sizes took part in the HISC Christmas Cracker Pursuit Race on Saturday 28 December 2019 in a light southerly breeze with an overcast sky.

First to start was Oscar Hoult in his Topper who struggled to make ground upwind over the adverse tide. Nick Rawlings led the six-strong Solo fleet around the weather mark having showed the way by short tacking along the Hayling Beach while his fellow competitors chose the Winner Bank. It wasn't long before David Sayce and Nick Rees in their Fireball overhauled the smaller boats to take the lead which they were to hold until the last thirty seconds of the 150-minute race.

Steadily making progress through the fleet were two RS21s - the latest keelboat from RS Sailing - one sailed by Paul Fisk, Simon Childs and Kato, tussling at close quarters all the way round the course with the other sailed by Henry Jameson, Joe Bradley, Louis Johnson and Freddy. In the meantime, Ian Swann in his RS700 was leading the charge of the late starting faster boats chased by Rob Gullan and Mari Shepherd in their RS800.

In a nail-biting finish, the RS21 of Paul Fisk, Simon Childs and Kato just managed to find a way past David Sayce and Nick Rees in their Fireball who had battled hard all the way up the final beat only to be agonisingly pipped at the final post. Third to finish was Henry Jameson, Joe Bradley, Louis Johnson and Freddy in the other RS21 who somehow managed to hold off the fast finishing Ian Swann in his RS700. Rob Gullan and Mari Shepherd rounded off the top five in their RS800.

Overall Results:

PosClassSail NoHelmCrewClubR1Pts
1stRS21 Paul FiskSimon Childs KatoHISC11
2ndFIREBALL15112David SayceNick ReesHISC22
3rdRS21 Henry JamesonJoe HISC33
4thRS 7001022Ian Swann HISC44
5thRS 8001124Robert GullanMari ShepherdHISC55
6thFLYING 154004Charles ApthorpCharlie ApthorpHISC66
7thFLYING 153736Peter BannisterSue BannisterHISC77
8thRS 200880Paul HammettAnnie HammettHISC88
9thRS 800885Chris FeibuschZeb ElliottHISC99
10th29ER2816Rupert JamesonBen BradleyHISC1010
11thFLYING 153564Mark NicholsonAmelia NicholsonHISC1111
12thFIREBALL15149Chirs TurnerColin ParkeHISC1212
13thOSPREY1373Richard MarshallRichardPYC1313
14thFIREBALL15150Angus HemmingsSteve ChesneyHISC1414
15thOSPREY1291Alex WillisNick WillisHISC1515
16thRS 2001429Paddy GambleEdward GambleHISC1616
17thSOLO5569Nick Rawlings HISC1717
18thFLYING 153591Adrian SimpsonCarlHISC1818
19thSOLO5781Alex Butler HISC1919
20thSOLO4214Brenda Houl HISC2020
21stRS AERO 71672Richard Bentley FSC2121
22ndRS AERO 72712Greg Lamb HISC2222
23rdRS 800949Tracey CovellFred CovellHISC2323
24thFINN22A Wylan MRSC2424
25thINTERNATIONAL 42055169Hazel JonesMartyn JonesHISC2525
26thFIREBALL14887Harry PayneTom PayneMRSC/HISC2626
27thF DUTCHMAN382Peter BarrRichard KeevilMRSC2727
28thSupernova1080James Gerwat Felpham SC2828
29thSOLO5334David Steel HISC2929
30thSOLO5495Robin Gadd HISC3030
31stSOLO5630Greg Swift HISC3131
32ndRS 8001140James HallZoe NiereenHISC3232
33rdFINN88Tom Rolay MRSC3333
34thTOPPER46994Oscar Hoult HISC3434

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