Please select your home edition
Upffront 2020 Foredeck Club SW LEADERBOARD

Draycote Water Brass Monkey Pursuit Race

by Jeremy Atkins 26 Dec 2022 11:42 PST 26 December 2022
Second placed Mike Deane and Paul Disney in their Fireball during the Draycote Water Brass Monkey Pursuit Race © Mark Dunkley

With the online forecasters predicting gale force winds all week, with force 11 gusts on some days, the Monday pursuit race was held in glorious sunshine and a reasonable breeze with some gusts coming through, but ones that most of the fleet could cope with.

First off were an impressive group of Youth & Junior sailors in their Toppers, some competing in their first pursuit race. Among them, Katt Gunn took an early lead and maintained it for over 90 of the 100 minutes. Behind her it looked like it might be a battle of the Topper World Champions. Current World Champion Joe Roe, now in an ILCA 6, against 2007 Topper World Champion Mike Wood in an Aero 5.

Joe battled hard all the way round with fellow ILCA 6 sailor, Freddie Sunderland, but their rivalry got the better of them as they (just) missed out a mark of the course while concentrating too hard on each other. Nevertheless, they continued passing the boats ahead and Freddie moved into the ‘lead’ shortly before the finish and would have won if his navigation hadn’t let him down.

Mike Wood was also coming up fast, but he was caught out by one of the gusts and took a swim. Did that give an opportunity for the rapidly approaching Fireball of Mike Deane and Paul Disney? Mike recovered quick enough to claim his first Draycote pursuit race for 2 years. Sadly, it will also be his last for 2 years as the RAF have posted him to Cyprus for that time. It should give enough time for Freddie and Joe to practise their navigation!

Third overall, and first Youth & Juniors, were Imogen Green and Felicity Angell in their Feva, who deservedly won all the chocolates!

With none of the podium-placed in this race having got on the podium before in the series, the Club Championships Trophy (for the series) is very open. Greg Irish, despite not attending this race, retains his lead, and Will Sunderland, who also spent the day on dry land, is still second. But brother George moves up to third, demoting Steve Irish and Norman Byrd in their 505 as Norman was confined to barracks.

So it is all down to the final, New Year’s Day Pursuit Race (datum 1.30pm), to which visiting sailors are very welcome. However, keep an eye on the forecast – at the time of writing it is predicting force 7 average with gusts of force 9 – any cancellation will be posted on the Club website that morning.

Related Articles

Dart 15 Winter TT at Draycote
The New Year has got off to a great start for the fleet The New Year has got off to a great start for the Dart 15 catamaran fleet. A change of name from Sprint 15 back to Dart 15 confirms this most exciting and versatile of catamarans as the most popular single handed catamaran, bar none, in the UK. Posted on 16 Jan
Draycote Water New Year's Day Pursuit Race
Probably the closest finish ever provides drama to the end With probably the closest finish we have ever had, Draycote's New Year's Day pursuit race was drama to the end. Not even the top two boats knew who had won when they came ashore, and the destination of the Club Championships was also in the balance. Posted on 1 Jan
Draycote Water Christmas Pursuit Race Series
To be held on Boxing Day and New Year's Day Every bank holiday, Draycote Water Sailing Club runs a pursuit race and there are two over the Christmas period: Boxing Day (datum 11am) and New Year's Day (datum 1.30pm). Visitors are very welcome to enter providing their boat is allowed at Draycote. Posted on 21 Dec 2022
Richard Pye wins the Fernhurst Books Draycote Dash
Taking the early lead in the Seldén SailJuice Winter Series Richard Pye held off the faster boats in his RS Aero 7 to win Sunday's Pursuit Race and clinch victory in the Fernhurst Books Draycote Dash. The first event of nine in this season's Seldén SailJuice Winter Series, Pye won by the smallest of margins. Posted on 21 Nov 2022
ITCA 4.2 National Training Squad at Draycote Water
Coached by the incredible Max Todd and James Deaton The second weekend for the ITCA 4.2 National Training Squad took place last weekend and we were very warmly welcomed by Draycote Sailing Club. Coached by the incredible Max Todd and James Deaton, the main focus for the weekend was race starts. Posted on 20 Nov 2022
Draycote celebrates 50 entries to Worlds
18 different World Championships events were attended by members in 2022 In 2022 Draycote Water Sailing Club amassed an amazing 50 member entries to sailing world championships. We doubt anyone has counted before, but we suspect it must be the highest ever for the Club. Posted on 17 Nov 2022
Entries closing soon for the Draycote Dash
Opening event of the Seldén SailJuice Winter Series It's just a week until the Fernhurst Books Draycote Dash, and entry for the first event of this season's Seldén SailJuice Winter Series is closing soon... Posted on 13 Nov 2022
Craftinsure returns to sponsor 'Top Class'
And fund fantastic photography for Seldén SailJuice Winter Series Aside from the main contest for overall honours, there are lots of other category competitions including 'Top Class', which is based on taking the best three results from each class in each individual race of the Series. Posted on 9 Nov 2022
Solo Inland Championship at Draycote Water
Tom Gillard wins from Oliver Davenport by 3 points The morning light revealed some sizeable cracks in the ceiling above me, a feature not mentioned in the reviews but this gave me a good reason to exit the bijou single bed in the luxuriously named Carlton Hotel. Posted on 1 Nov 2022
Solo End of Season Championship at Draycote
52 Solos from around the UK converge on Draycote Water 52 Solos from around the UK converged at Draycote Water to contest the Goat Marine End of Season Championship, ironically, one day before the final event of the season, the Gill Inland Championship. Posted on 31 Oct 2022
Hyde Sails 2023 Wuzzos - FOOTERC-Tech 2021 America's Cup 728x90 BOTTOMRS Sailing 2021 - FOOTER