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XOD Itchenor Points Week 2014


X26 Catherine sailed by Colin McKinnon by Mary Pudney

X26 Catherine sailed by Colin McKinnon by Mary Pudney

Points Week 2014 by Al Ashford

Points Week at Itchenor Sailing Club attracted 27 XODs out into Chichester Harbour for five days of challenging racing.  With high pressure dominating the weather pattern there were plenty of shifting North Easterlies and Spring Tides to contend with.

On Monday the Xs had a long race and an excellent course was set by race officer Roger Wickens and his team.  There were several place changes and big wind shifts causing huge gains and losses across the course.  The final winners were X186  Phoenix sailed beautifully by Chris Darling and Chris Froy, followed closely by X26 Catherine.  Lizz Whizz sailed by Dick Batt and Pam Phelan was third.

Tuesday saw the top two places reversed.  Another excellent course was mastered by Colin McKinnon on Catherine but he was pushed all the way by Phoenix and there was a fine tacking duel against the tide up the final beat to the finish at Wear.  Foxglove sailed by Al Ashford and Rick Neall was 3rd.

Conditions were again testing on Wednesday with a tricky start line.  A perfect start by Ted Roose on X101 Thora gave him a healthy lead by the third mark and good boat speed kept him ahead to the end.  A fantastic result for Ted and his team who were all smiles ashore at tea.  X26 and X186 kept up the pressure for overall victory with a 4th and 5th respectively.  Falconet was 2nd and 3rd was Foxglove.

Thursday saw the gradient northerly fighting a weak sea breeze.  The fleet got away in a light sea breeze and Foxglove and Falconet, buoyed by the results of the previous day, led off the start line but with a decreasing breeze, a strong tide and some interesting kedging manoeuvers the race was eventually abandoned with Falconet leading.  As is the way, only 15 minutes later the Gradient northerly filled in and the fleet sailed home in a lovely 10-15 knots.  Who would be a race officer!!

Friday saw two races and Race 4 was won comprehensively by a very well sailed Astralita in the hands of Mike Martell, the 2013 Benson Platter winner.  In 2nd place was Foxglove, and Tina Scott’s and John Long’s Relaxation 3rd.  X26 and X186 had their worst results so far with a 12th and 8th respectively.

So in Race 5 it was all to play for with several boats in contention for the week.  Foxglove was an early leader but after an incident and a two turns penalty at the windward mark dropped to 5th.  Astralita won their second race of the day in fine style from Roger Yeoman in X160 Merlin.  Phoenix had a disappointing 11thplace.  However Colin McKinnon, who led overall going into the final race in Catherine, sailed a solid race to finish 3rd and take the Benson Platter by 2 points.

Overall Results: (top three)

1st    Catherine – Colin McKinnon, Neil Hart and Mark Palmer     10pts
2nd    Foxglove – Alastair Ashford and Richard Neall                    12pts
3rd    Astralita – Mike Martell, Fraser Graham and Tim Copsey.   15pts


Points Week 2014, Outline of the Programme

Here is an outline of the programme

Monday 16 June

We start the week with the single handed race for the Lone Star Cup – start time 1100. May I remind you that spinnakers are not allowed neither are whisker poles. This will be a relatively short race to get you back in good time for lunch and to meet up with your crews for the afternoon race …

At 1430 we have a race for the 75th Anniversary Bowl that is also the first race for the coveted Benson Platter.

The social programme starts Monday evening with the Points Week Cocktail Party in the garden of Jetty House – 1830 hrs. Our thanks to Roy and Anita Griggs and Flavia Nunes. Please bring a small plate of canapés.

This is followed by a Club Supper at 2000.

Tuesday 17 June

The first race on Tuesday, in the morning at 1100, is the ladies’ race for the Grenfell Cup. Ladies who are full members of ISC are eligible to helm in this race. Again this will be a relatively short race to get you back in good time for lunch and to meet up with your crews for the afternoon race.

The afternoon race at 1430 is for the Measurer’s Model and is also the second race for the Benson Platter. The first Pilsey fleet boat to finish will be awarded the Dick Hoare Trophy.

Supper at the Club is available from 1800 to accommodate those attending the production of Pressure at Chichester Festival Theatre. All tickets have been sold for the theatre.

Wednesday 18 Junw

The morning race at 1100 is the Hands Cup. Helms in this race are those categorised as “regular, current XOD crews” who would not normally race an XOD without supervision. If you are unsure whether you or your crew is eligible, please contact me for a ruling.

The third race in the Benson Platter series is in the afternoon at 1430. This race is also for the Skua Trophy – the silver candlesticks.

The social programme has the Paella Garden Party at Duncan and Fleur O’Kelly’s at 1930. Please bring a chair or rugs so that you may relax in their beautiful garden. Wine – a glass or two will provided but feel free to bring your own bottles. Games, which are optional, include boules, tennis, croquet and table tennis. After supper a live band will entertain us. This event is now fully booked.

There is no Wednesday Evening Race this week.

Thursday 19 June

No morning race is scheduled. However, should a race from earlier in the week be postponed it may be rescheduled before the afternoon race.

At 1530 – please note the later starting time – we race for the David Lipscombe Bowl and also for the Benson Platter.

The evening is free of a planned social event so take the opportunity for rest and recuperation.

Friday 20 June

Again we have no morning race scheduled but we may take the opportunity to run a postponed race from earlier in the week.

The final race of the week for the Benson Platter is also for Dion’s Decanter. This race now is scheduled for a 1630 start.

Following racing the evening event is in the Club. This will include prize giving, a reasonably priced supper (book with the Club office, please) at 1930 for 2000, and a quiz.

Please note that breakfast, lunch and tea will be available through the week.

I hope to see you during the week.

Good luck


Note: Nothing in this briefing note should be interpreted as changing in any way the Notice of Race or its amendments.

David Priscott
XOD Class Captain
Itchenor Division

11 June Wednesday Evening Race Report

XOD Wednesday Evening Race 11 June 2014

Wednesday Evening Race 11 June 2014 photo: David Priscott

What a cracking evening, and a good craich afterwards!

With an empty harbour 17, yes 17, XODs enjoyed sparking conditions with a gentle SSW breeze.  Owaissa helmed by that well known “ringer” Douglas Pattison and crewed by Roger Yeoman and owner Ian Andrew showed the fleet the way to the windward mark.  A number of boats gave chase – Lass in the hands of John Tremlett and Phoenix driven by Alastair Shaw, no doubt ignoring the advice of son Andy, certainly ignoring the advice of Chris Froy to tack during the second leg when a small hydro-graphic survey was conducted – but neither made significant impact on X78’s lead.  It was good to see Tina Scott helming Relaxation with a scratch crew and also challenging, being up in second place at the 1st mark only to choose the “wrong” side for the 2nd beat.  And all this despite being over the line at the start and restarting.  Quixotic in the experienced hands of Graham Smith showed well during the race and finished strongly.

The Solar Heritage was out with 50 spectators aboard to follow our racing and listen to an expert commentary from Alan Perry.

Seven guest sailors from Hampton Sailing Club joined Itchenor boats for the race.  Together with another half dozen Hampton members on the solar boat, they joined us for supper at the Club.  Over 60 members and guests enjoyed one of Anne-Marie’s splendid meals.  The bar was busy and this may have contributed to lively atmosphere over supper.  We were even given an impromptu and partly improvised sea shanty addressed to the Class Captain’s wife by one of our guests – Hywel.  I sensed that another well known local Welshman was itching to join in.

The WER prize this week was awarded to the 1st Hampton sailor to finish and that was Rob Heath who contributed to X101 Thora’sgood result.

Lord Chief Justice Probert reports that there will be no court cases arising from last evening as there were very instances of bottom touching.


David Priscott
XOD Class Captain
Itchenor Division

Bembridge Canvas Race Sunday 8 June

Team Catherine the Bembridge Canvas winners 2014 receive prize from Lisa Jessel Rear Commodore, Bembridge Sailing Club

Team Catherine the Bembridge Canvas winners 2014 receive prize from Lisa Jessel Rear Commodore, Bembridge Sailing Club

Congratulations to Colin McKinnon, Neil Hart and Mark Palmer for demonstrating how to sail in light variable conditions.  They sailedCatherine to perfection and scored an impressive victory by over 4 minutes over John Tremlett’s Lass.  Jasper Bardon and Tony Monks should also be congratulated on a very creditable 3rd place in Xanadu.

The photograph shows team Catherine receiving the Bembridge Canvas from Lisa Jessel, Rear Commodore, Bembridge Sailing Club.