Videlo Globe Trophy Sunday 14th April 2019 Hosted By Frensham Pond MYG
Past Winners 2019 Peter Shepherd 2018 Peter Shepherd 2017 Peter Shepherd 2016 Peter Shepherd 2015 Peter Shepherd 2014 Peter Shepherd 2013 Roger Stollery 2012 Hugh McAdoo 2011 Hugh McAdoo 2010 Rob Vice
Sunday's racing Videlo Globe If Saturday felt cold, it was nothing to Sunday's exposure to the icey 4-12 mph north-easterly wind blowing onshore into the control area at Frensham Pond. Race Officer, Roger Stollery, set a simple windward leeward course, which had to be varied as the winds became more easterly during the afternoon. The Footys were sharing the pond with combined Lark/RS 200 dinghy open events, which provided an interesting background to the Footy racing. Whilst the dinghies had 4 races, Footys had 17 and despite the small size, more starts and more racing created more fun for the 10 boat Footy entry, which equalled the numbers in each of the dinghy classes.
With a pole on the bank to adjust the starting line angle there were some very even starts and very good racing. The difference in the conditions compared with the Saturday was that the big waves created by the onshore wind suited the diagonally measured fine ended narrowboats better, as they were able to slice through the waves more easily than the more powerful, wider and more bluff-bowed boats that had dominated racing the day before. They won all but 3 races, which were won by the ICEs of Keith Parrott in Race 4, John Burgoine in Race 7 and Graham Whitehead in Race 9. Just as John had dominated the Saturday racing, so Peter Shepherd sailing his balsa FAT BOY SLIM, lead the fleet on 10 occasions, often by a large margin as his boat was perfectly suited to these wave conditions. The other races were won by the IBEX designs sailed by Sid Sims in Race 5 and the IBEX designer, Peter Jackson, in Races 12, 13 and 16.
The prize-giving The Frensham Pond Sailing Club Commodore, Jeremy Hudson gave away the prizes and marvelled at the number of races sailed and gave his full backing to this form of sailing at the club. The race team of Roger, Nick Royse, Steve Hill and Bryan Stichbury were thanked for having to work in such cold conditions.
Footy boat developments Footys are made from many different materials, balsa as the winner of the Videlo Globe, plywood, corrugated plastic and carbon fibre, which at this small scale is not expensive. However there were new developments at this event, as David Wilkinson initially sailed a 3D printed GREEN HORNET hull designed in America by Bill Hagerup and built by David's clubmate. It looked good, but suffered from mechanical/radio problems. The Footy is absolutely ideal for this method of construction, with the whole hull being manufactured 'string by string' wound vertically from the transom to the bow. Whilst the finish was not perfect with tiny ridges that one could feel long the surface, it does hold great promise for the class as lightweight hulls can be made quickly and cheaply in one piece.
It is likely that the long fin of a Footy is still likely to be made with more suitable reinforcement material such as carbon fibre. Roger's new ICE was sporting a new set of low drag fin and rudder sections designed by Dave Hollom, of America's Cup fame.This boat was used by John Burgoine before lunch and David Wilkinson later using their own rigs when their boats had to be retired and it showed some promise.
The large number of free hull designs and a full programme of Footy racing can be followed on www.sailfootyuk.com.
Results: 1st Peter Shepherd Abington Park FAT BOY SLIM 19 2nd Peter Jackson Abington Park IBEX 30 3rd Graham Whitehead Frensham Pond ICE 57 4th Sid Sims Birmingham IBEX 58 5th Keith Parrott Frensham Pond ICE 61 6th David Wilkinson Cotswold GREEN HORNET 76 7th John Burgoine Birmingham ICE 87 8th Colin Robertson Cheddar Steam IBEX 92 9th Tony Butler Birmingham IBEX 98 10th Steve Hill Frensham Pond ICE 157
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