Videlo Globe 2019 - Sunday 14th April 2019
Sunday 14th dawned bright with a steady East to North East wind for the "Videlo Globe" at Frensham, the best direction for smooth airflow, or so we thought. The model boaters started to arrive early with Roger Stollery as Race Officer for the day setting an interesting windward leeward course in our allotted area in front of the bank. With an entry of 10 skippers, some of whom took advantage of the clubs catering facilities, bacon butties, to fortify temselves for the day ahead an on time start was achieved.
And so battle commenced with the same skippers as on the Saturday setting the early pace. The first to succumb to the gremlins was our Steve Hill who after only two races had to retire due to boat problems, Steve then joined Bryan Stitchury who was acting as our line judge to record the scores. The races proceeded at a steady pace with the battle at the front being between Peter Shepheard, John Bugoie and Peter Jackson. John suffered some boatproblems which were an omen for later.
Lunch break was called just after 12:30, timed to take advantage of the club house catering before the the two dinghy fleets came off the water. Racing recommenced after a 45 minute break with Peter Shepherd continuing to establish his superiority, John B's boat gremlins finally took hold and he had to retire after race 10.
Meanwhile our Graham Whitehead continued his steady consistent placing and was the man on the move. The wind varied greatly and at times there were holes that caught many of us out as boats just wallowed waiting for the breeze to re-establish. In all 17 races were completed before the finishing time.
All participants were invited to the club house for refreshments, results and prize giving. Peter Shepherd was the overall winner with almost a perfect score after discards, Having won the event last year he was very pleased to win again as he had left the trophy at home, some say he did not want to disturb the dust on the mantlepiece. Peter Jackson came second achieving the same score as his sail number (30). Third place was taken by a surprised and delighted Graham Whitehead whose steady sailing had paid off. The following placings in order were Sidney Sims (Birm' MYC), Keith Parrott ( Frensham), David Wilkinson (Cotswold MYC), John Burgoine (Birm' MYC), Colin Robertson (Cheedar SC), Tony Butler (Birm' MYC), Steve Hill (Frensham MYG). Roger Stollery was sincerely thanked for acting as Race Officer, the prizes were awarded by our Frensham Commodore Jeremy Hudson.
Although we are not able to thank them, it was greatly appreciated that our buoyed off area was respected by all of the dinghy crews.