New Forest Hansa TT
Yesterday saw the UK Hansa Class TT event held at Spinnaker Sailing Club by the New Forest Sailabiity Group. This was the first racing event for one of our sailors, Dick Foyle, and a regular Team Chesil racer, Tom Harper, was also on the water. It proved to be a really great start to Team Chesil's year of racing, with Tom Harper claiming 1st place in the Hansa Liberty class, and Dick Foyle claiming 1st place in the Hansa 303 double class! A massive well done to Tom and Dick, and also to Marcus for his coaching efforts, and everyone who made the event at Spinnaker possible! Here is what Dick had to say about his first very successful Hansa racing experience.... No DSQ, no DNF but plenty of FUN! It was a really super day with Chesil Sailability! I can't really remember much about the sailing but it was very competitive and I was lucky enough to be paired with able bodied Bob in a 303 - I learnt so much from him! I was surprised by the changes in wind speed and direction compared to coastal waters but Bob seemed to sense them before they appeared. He also used every bit of string and other settings to the max. Having got a second, a first and a third (discarded) there was no way we wanted to lose the last race! I think Tom's tally was three firsts and a discarded second. Judging by the applause he was a very popular as well as worthy winner. The organisation was excellent and, as always, the volunteers could not do enough for us. It was also nice to have Marcus Frith and Bob Skull around for support. After a couple of hours in good wind with Chesil Sailability on Tuesday night and all the excitement of racing at the Hansa TT "thank you Sailability" seems a little inadequate but thanks anyway!
Chesil Sailability: 12th Jun 2014 05:58:13