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Zhik 2024 March - LEADERBOARD

M&S Marblehead ranking event at Chipstead Sailing Club

by Dave Allinson 16 Mar 04:04 PDT 9 March 2024
Darin Ballington wins the M&S Marblehead ranking event at Chipstead © CSC

Thank you to all the participants for turning up at Chipstead on a beautifully sunny if slightly chilly Saturday morning. The quality of the sailors in the fleet was exceptionally high. At eight AM the lake was like a rippled with a good breeze from ESE which was forecasted to build through the morning.

The only downside was the occasional shift to a more SE direction. Registration was open at 08:45 and competitors were keen to get sorted so they could test the water on the windward leeward course of approximately 180 meters.

The briefing took place at 09:45 adjacent to the lake. The usual topics were discussed, and racing was ready to commence at 10:05.

Darin Ballington was quick of the start line to take a small lead at the windward mark from Phil Holiday and Graham Bantock. These positions were held to the finish.

Race two saw Phil continue his sparkling form by taking first place from Barrie Martin and Graham. Race three saw Tony Edwards come through on the final upwind leg to win from Peter Stollery and Chris Harris.

Peter kept his form to take race four from Duncan Ellis and Austin Guerrier. Tony Guerrier was quick of the start and lead at the windward mark in race five. He was chased by Chris and Tony but managed to stay in front to the finish.

Rob Wilson found form and a great start to take race six. He was chased all the way by Graham and Chris but laid down a textbook cover up the last windward leg to the finish. In the last race before lunch, Duncan came through to win from Graham and Austin.

The weather was bright and sunny enough for numerous sailors to sit outside on the picknick tables for lunch. Hot drinks were available to those who wanted one. Results were entered and published.

Graham had sailed exceptionally well all morning to take a small lead, but the battle for places two through eight was very close.

The course was lengthened as the breeze had settled into ESE. Race eight commenced at 13:30 and Peter was soon at the front followed by Rob who was chased by Roger Stollery.

Darin now found exceptional form chasing Chris around the course and overtaking him several times on the final leg.

Peter also got in the mix with another win, a couple of seconds and a third place. Graham whilst not as consistent as his morning had been still placed well in several races.

In the final seven races he ground out five first places whilst Chris had to settle for several second places. The final race commenced at 15:55 with ironically the best breeze of the day.

Sailors packed their boats away as a great day's sailing came to a conclusion at 16:10. The race team packed up, race results were entered and calculated, hot drinks and cake was served in the warm cosy friendly environment of the clubhouse.

Prizes were also awarded to the top eight boats and:
First Junior - Oliver Stollery
First Lady - Tracey Ballington

Kind words of thanks were given by Darin for the days racing. My thanks go to my excellent race team of Mike Lightwing, Peter Crisp, Richard Jones and to Stuart Ord-Hume for his photographs, mark placing and boat recovery duties.

PRO Dave Allinson thanked all the sailors for their attendance and wished everyone a safe journey home.


If you analyse the results for the top two sailors, you realise just how well both sailed to tie on overall points with Darin winning on countback. This also demonstrated the consistency from Chris throughout the day. It was exceptionally good to watch these two stars fight it out. My thanks also go out to all the sailors for their good behaviour on the water.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHullHelmClub/CityR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10R11R12R13R14R15Pts
198GrungeDarin BallingtonLincoln MYC189457491114115148
221GrungeChris HarrisWindrush RYC5103132376321482248
339UPPeter StolleryGuildford MYC462161218121625121357
495QuarkGraham BantockChelmsford MYC336514224794357657
550GrungeTony GuerrierThree Rivers MYC8456155811839179475
675GrungeTony EdwardsYeovill MYC97183612556116711983
737GrungeDuncan EllisNorwich MYC1011727811413361148886
868GrungeAustin GuerrierDatchet Water MYC713831193784814331387
997Starkers CubedRobert WilsonLincoln MYC1512111281621012102217593
1019GrungeNigel BarrowFrensham Ponds MYC6541541481061177613794
1166F6Phil HolidayDatchet Water MYC2113994911910518202020120
12118F6Hugh McAdooDatchet Water MYC169121810151012413121513410139
13103Starkers SquaredBarrie MartinLMYC1121510151311161971313111212145
1431F6Oliver StolleryGuildford MYC141610111611171512515109616150
15117UPRoger StolleryGuildford MYC171416713181931917912201511171
1677Starkers CubedLewis WyethGosport MYC18151816191013131514168141414180
1749Starkers SquaredTracey BallingtonLincoln MYC132019141217161919151716101015193
1886Starkers 2Robert PearsonGosport MYC121714171720142020202020202020231
1960F6Graham HetemDatchet Water MYC191817191816151914202020202020235

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