Atkins take Millenium Cup
The three races on Saturday took place in very fickle winds. The breeze started to fill in from around 10:00 and just allowed the race officer to start the program on time. The first and third races were sailed on the usual windward leeward course but the second race was sailed on a figure of eight course. In the light winds it was the lightweight crews which mainly dominated as the fleet sailed in and out of the holes in the wind. The series regular Skip and Chay Atkins (Stone Sailing Club) quickly made their way to the front and were hotly pursued by Tim and Amy (aged 9) Hulley (Wier Wood), Graham and Mathew (also aged 9) Ponsford (Chichester) and Trevor and Caroline Bradley (Littleton). The biggest suprise to the fleet was at the beginning of the third race when after an excellent start and first beat, newcomers Russell Eden and Roy Rodgers led to the first mark and managed to hold off most of the fleet finally finishing fourth. (There were rumours in the bar afterwards that their combined weight is approaching 30st). As the gusts turned to violent swirls and became stronger many of the fleet practiced capsize drills. However at the end of Saturday Skip and Chay had a commanding lead with three wins. The fleet then retired to the club house for a hot shower, an excellent meal and the Class Association’s AGM
Sunday started with no wind, which gradually developed into light airs with the odd gust but certainly not the F9, which had been predicted. The fleet set off in the drizzle and attempted three races in cold damp conditions. Although the wind occasionally threatened to fill in it was never sufficient to alter the placings.
With two discards out of the six races the result was a clear win for Skip and Chay but it left three boats on 10 points contesting the minor places.
First Skip and Chay Atkins Stone 5 Points
Second Graham and Mathew Ponsford Chicester 10 Points
Third Tim and Amy Hulley Wier Wood 10 Points
Fourth Trevor and Caroline Bradley Littleton 10 Points.
Once more generous prizes were provided by our series sponsor Crew Saver and water proof cameras donated by Kodak were given to the younger children.
The Millennium Series was held over seven weekend events, one per month from April to October with four to qualify. The series attracted a total of 53 boats and the Crew Saver prizes will be awarded at the Laser Asymmetric Ball in January.
First - Skip and Chay Atkins – Stone Sailing Club
Second – Trevor and Caroline Bradley – Littleton Sailing Club
Third – Helen and Andrew Phillips – Cardiff Bay Sailing Club
Fourth – Paul and Lindsey Williams – Langstone Sailing Club
Fifth – Andrew and Alice Barraclough – Rickmansworth Sailing Club
Sixth – Ian and Sara Simpson – Queen Mary Sailing Club