ACT THREE EXTREME FOOTY 2015 Sandwell Model Boat Club
Three took place in the delightful surroundings of Dartmouth Park in
the West Midlands courtesy of Sandwell Model Boat Club whose
hospitality towards the visiting skippers was second to none. A dozen
skippers attended the meeting and despite the light and fluky winds
from the Northwest in the morning all the skippers appeared to be
wind skipped around to the forecast North Easterly by the afternoon
which given the layout of the beautiful Victorian boating lake was a
blessed relief to everyone involved especially the course setter. The
fleet by this time had split into three groups the Sandwell skippers
many of for whom this was their first venture into Footy racing at
this level, a mid fleet mainly consisting of Birmingham MYC skippers
and then five big hitters who regularly sail in open
the formalities of boat & sail measurement were out the way the
racing got underway, and for the top five it was incredibly close
with all five skippers recording race wins in the six morning
a couple of these guys tripped up Mark Unitt (18, 12"Slim) and
John Burgoine (35, 1299) were on hand to pick up the places
especially when the wind strengthened in the afternoon. This is
probably down to their slightly smaller largest rig. These two are
probably the ones to watch out for in future Footy events.
Webb (SUI4, Slim) had an eventful day with this Phil Tyler boat, one
of those what could go wrong for him did go wrong, however he battled on which is to his credit. The tricky wind
conditions meant we weren't able to set a particularly extreme style
course and hd to adopt a slightly more pragmatic approach with a more
regular upwind/downwind course.
lunch Mike Ewart (36, ICE) put the pedal to the metal and recorded a
series of race wins which clinched him race victory by a reasonable
margin the other four it was all very close Peter shepherd should
have taken second however stupidity came into play and a failed
battery when coming second of the final double points race allowed
Geoff Raygada (41, Fat Boy slim) to consolidate his second position.
It nearly cost Peter more as David Wilkinson (46, Briethorn) sailed a
superb race to finish first in that round and Peter Jackson wasn't
that far behind in the end these three finished just two points
A notable performance from Tony Butler (105, 1299) in race eight with his fourth place, a great achievement considering this was his first Footy event. The Above and Beyond award was presented to stalwart of the Midlands Footy scene Sid Sims (05, ICE) and Tony took a special prize for the highest placed Sandwell skipper.
I think everyone enjoyed themselves and I know I for one am looking forward to coming back when the Extreme Footy Series returns to the Sandwell venue in September. The next Footy open event is the Videlo Globe Trophy, Sunday 26th April at Frensham Sailing Club and this is followed shortly after by the Extreme Footy Series first visit to Two Islands for ACT4 on Saturday 2nd May 2015.
Sid sims is this Act's Extreme Footy Above & Beyond Award Winner
Act 3 Winner Mike Ewart recieves his prize from Brian Colley of Sandwell MBC (this is becoming a habit)
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