Typhoon Winter Classics round-up

The circuit involved over 500 boats, racing on lakes, sea and estuary in conditions from a drifter to gale force.
The first Typhoon Winter Classic circuit sponsored by Typhoon International, in association with madfor sailing, finished last weekend with the Hoo Freezer. The overall victor was Simon Allen sailing an International Canoe. For Allen, who took part in all four events, this was an excellent result with sustained top sailing over a variety of conditions and venues. The opening event was the Grafham Grand Prix which had a 200 boat entry. Sailed over a very cold weekend, with snow showers in the area before the racing, the wind was sufficient to give good racing without dunking too many. Allen, and Phil Laycock sailing a Finn taking the Typhoon wet suit prizes. Other winners were 29er World Champion John Pink, sailing a Musto Skiff and Charles Apthorp, the Flying Fifteen World Champion. Other names that were to feature later in the series were Mark Brewster, Laser, second here and Andrea Brewster, Europe, in seventh, Vince Hoary took a second with his Fireball and Martin Harrison in his International Moth was down in 24. At the second event, the Bloody Mary, it was very different - the major problem was actually seeing the competitors at all. Queen Mary was shrouded in fog throughout the race, which was a drifter. A group of 2.4mR mini keelboats led from the first mark, it was reported, and hung on to the end as Ossie Stewart's A-Rater appeared majestically out off the mist, but just failed to catch the leading pair. The Bloody Mary overall prize and the Typhoon prizes of Riot Steamer wet suits went to George Barker in first and Martin Pascoe second, with Ossie Stewart third. For Typhoon circuit purposes handicap group winners were calculated and this was to be Simon Allens worst result, a twelfth place. Phil Laycock had an eleventh, but moving into the chase