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Footy weekend 13th/14th April 2019 Saturday's racing Fred's Big Toephy
This Footy event was postponed from the cold snowy conditions in February planned for sailing at Guildford Model Yacht Club's water at Abbey Meads Lake, Chertsey. Subsequently this event and the Videlo Globe event were brought together to create a weekend of Footy sailing in what should have been better weather. Far from it, Saturday was freezing cold with incredibly variable north-easterly winds 3 to 8 mph and attracted a small, but high quality entry from the Abington Park and Birmingham clubs, as well as the local entries from Frensham Pond and the host club.
Race Officers Martin Crysell and Peter Dunne had a difficult job as the wind was so variable, but set a simple windward leeward course several times to get the best angle for the windward legs. The event started well with a win for Roger Stollery sailing his new ICE, but he was then beaten into 2nd and 3rd places by John Burgoine in the next two races. Peter Shepherd then headed the fleet to win Race 4, before letting John have a run of 4 consecutive wins only interrupted by Roger in Race 9. John's winning streak continued in the next race, but Peter took Race 11 and the last Race 14. John sailed incredibly well with 9 wins, having to discard a 3rd place as his second worst score! With a well setup rig and beautiful home-made sails, John looked invincible when combined with his clever strategy around the course. The powerful ICE design is resistant to nosediving and was able to manage the vicious gusts, which struck the course from several different angles. Unusually, we had a spectator, George Cannon and his wife Shirley, who had read about the event on the Footy website and came to watch and glean information about current developments in Footys, because he had made one and was keen to promote a class in the St Albans area.
Results: 1st John Burgoine Birmingham ICE 15 2nd Peter Shepherd Abington Park FAT BOY SLIM 28 3rd Roger Stollery Guildford ICE 31 4th Peter Jackson Abington Park IBEX 40 5th Keith Parrott Frensham Pond ICE 53
The Dinner Everyone thawed out in a local pub with a dinner and the usual discussions about new Footy developments and putting the world to rights.