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Alton Water 2020 Fox's Chandlery & Anglian Water Frostbite Series - Week 5

by Jenny Pavey 7 Feb 2020 04:32 PST 2 February 2020
Cadet sailors handle the breeze well on week 5 of the Alton Water 2020 Fox's Chandlery & Anglian Water Frostbite Series © Tim Bees

This has been a windy series so far and this week was no exception. The day started fairly benignly with a steady south-westerly but the wind picked up towards the end of the first race and by the start of the second race it had built to a good 20mph with some stronger gusts of up to 30mph. There were periodic deceptive lulls when the sky cleared a little and it looked as though it was going to be a nice afternoon but then the wind suddenly picked up again as the cloud rolled in.

A slightly shorter course than usual was set. Forty-two boats started the first race and most were able to finish, though there were several capsizes along the way and of the 36 who started the second race, 30 finished. It was noticeable that even some of the normally hardy asymmetrics were struggling while the Laser fleet and other single-handers were able to manage the breeze.

Well done to Rheanna Pavey in a Laser Radial and Toby Bush & George Cox in a Cadet who won both their races. The series fleet leaders remain the same as last week and after ten races the overall series leaders, for which there is a special trophy, are Stephen Videlo & Ethan Davey with Christopher & Cathy Fish and Alan Krailing & Charlotte Stewart close behind.

It was a good day for Tim Bees, our series photographer, conveniently positioned at the gybe mark, who managed to capture many people in uncompromising positions.

This Sunday is looking exceptionally windy. As always with this series being a Frostbite, it is on until it's off, but keep a look out on the Alton Water Sailing Facebook page for any updates.

Tim Bees' photos can be seen at and there are more photos on the Alton Water Sailing Facebook page.

Race and series results to date can be found on the Alton Water Frostbite Results Facebook page.

Fast fleet highlights for this week:

Tom Stewart/Pete NicholsonMerlin RocketRoyal Harwich YC21
Ady PellsFinnHarwich Town SC12
Robert Campbell‑Grey/Angie ValeScoprionTattingstone Valley SC53

Asymmetric fleet highlights for this week:

Alan Krailing/Charlotte StewartRS200Waldringfield SC21
Stephen Videlo/Ethan DaveyRS200Waldringfield SC12
Harry Pynn/Gemma CookRS200Waldringfield SC33

Laser fleet highlights for this week:

Rheanna PaveyRadialStour SC11
James DeatonRadialRoyal Harwich YC23
Harry WallheadStandardRoyal Harwich YC54
Ben ReasonStandardHarwich Town SC 45

Medium fleet highlights for this week:

Christopher Fish/Cathy FishLarkWaldringfield SC13
Ben PowellRS Aero 7Tattingstone Valley SC22
M J GiffordSoloWaldringfield SC51

Slow fleet highlights for this week:

Toby Bush/George CoxCadetWaldringfield SC11
Amelia Mayhew/Loulou MayhewCadetWaldringfield SC22
Noah FitzgeraldTopperTattingstone Valley SC43

Series leaders after eight races:

FastAdy PellsFinnHarwich Town SC
AsymmetricStephen Videlo/Ethan DaveyRS200Waldringfield SC
Laser James Deaton RadialRoyal Harwich YC
MediumChristopher Fish/Cathy FishLarkWaldringfield SC
SlowAndy Webb/Evie MayRS Feva XLHarwich Town SC

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