The Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Fund Charity Event, for Dragon Force 65 boats, hosted by Coalhouse Fort RYC on Sunday 19th March 2017 proved to be a challenge for those skippers participating. Being somewhat of a fun day, conventional racing was mixed with relay racing where skippers were paired based on their ability. In addition, a couple of ‘Round the Island’ clockwise and anti-clockwise races, were included, which involved sailing round ALL the outside marks at Coalhouse Fort.
Whilst rain was threatened, it did not appear, whereas the forecast for relatively high winds which veered from SSW to WSW throughout the day did and created problems for Race Officer Geoff Appleton and skippers alike. The first four races were conventional races with a windward/leeward course at the southern end of the lake which Buzz Coleman, Glenn Meekcoms and Angela Mears handled better than most. In races 4 and 10 Buzz appeared to suffer a signal issue intermittently loosing contact between transmitter and boat.
Races 5 and 6 were relays races with the pairing of skippers as follows:
Buzz Coleman / Ian Kemp; Glenn Meekcoms / Lance Bennett; Angela Mears / Jamie Cornwell-Stevens; Malcolm Schaffer / Steve Bines; Dave Bland ‘ Jim La Roche; Dave Chamberlain / Howard Dalton.
Those skippers who started first in the first race, went second in the second race, but it did not make much difference to Angela and Jamie won both races. Dave Chamberlain and Howard Dalton were second in the first race followed by Malcolm Schaffer and Steve Bines were third, whilst in the second race Buzz Coleman and Ian kemp were second followed by Malcolm Schaffer and Steve Bines in third again.
Race 7 was the first of the ‘Round the Island Races’ with a few skippers getting caught out on the far side of the lake. It was won by Buzz Coleman with Dave Chamberlain second and Glenn Meekcoms third.
Races 8 and 9 were then conventional races the first of which was won by Buzz Coleman followed by Dave Chamberlain with Glenn Meekcoms third, and Race 9 was won by Glenn Meekcoms followed by Buzz Coleman with Howard Dalton third.
The final race of the day was the second of the ‘Round the Island’ races but this time anti-clockwise, which was won by Howard Dalton, followed by Jamie Cornwell-Stevens with Glenn Meekcoms third.
At the end of the day, Buzz Coleman was declared the winner, followed by Glenn Meekcoms, with Angela Mears third.
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During the event a raffle was held using prizes supplied by CAT Sails (Transmitter Mitt) and Sochs Sails (Dragon Force 65 Transfers) and Coalhouse Fort RYC (Various Prizes) – our thanks to all those who contributed. The event itself raised £190.78 for the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Fund and whilst less than what we have raised in previous years, we are extremely grateful to all those who contributed to the fund.
Based on feed-back, whilst the day was a challenge it would appear that most if not all skippers enjoyed the day despite a few mishaps and we thank all those who enabled the event to go ahead. We plane to hold the event next year but possibly later in the year so watch this space for further news.
Report Courtesy John Newton and Photos Dave Sellens.