Chesil Grand Prix
On September 13th and 14th, Chesil Sailability welcomed Hansa sailors to WPNSA for the first Hansa event every to be held on the sea in the UK. It was also the first time Chesil Sailability have hosted a Hansa event. All three Hansa classes were in action, with the Liberty’s, 303’s (split into single and double handed fleets) and 2.3’s.
Racing started at 1pm on Saturday with three races back to back in a nice 13knots. Although the wind was steady compared to the usual lake racing venues, a big right shift in the second race saw the standings in the 303 fleet change.
The real action came on Sunday, after a two hour postponement because of the strong winds and high seas. The seas were still very choppy when racing began, with the pre-start area full of “eeek” and “yee ha” from the sailors! It made for a wet and bumpy beat, but it paid off down wind with a bit of surfing! Through the two races, the sea calmed down, and the wind was a steady 12 knots.
Local sailors from Team Chesil made a convincing debut on the Hansa circuit this year, claiming two out of three podium places in the 303 double class, while sailors from Rutland and Frensham dominated the other fleets.
The weekend proved a great introduction to sea sailing for the Hansa class, and we are looking forward to the Nationals in 2015 hosted by Chesil Sailability.
Thank you to all the volunteers who made it happen!
1st Ric Cassell – Rutland
2nd David Durston – Whitefriars
3rd Kieth Harris – New Forest
Hansa 303 Single
1st James Woosnam – Frensham
2nd Tessa Watkins – Frensham
3rd Martin Hadley – New Forest
Hansa 303 Double
1st Tim Scarisbrick and Anya de Iongh – Chesil
2nd Peter Etherton and Peta Etheron – Frensham
3rd Anaick Ankers and David Ankers – Chesil
1st Lindsay Burns – Frensham
2nd Pat Crowley – Rutland
: 15th Sep 2014 17:04:00