24 Oct Fortitude Supercup
Fortitude Trophy Itchenor Sailing Club Sat 29th Sun 30th Sept
12 boats turned out for the Fortitude Trophy open meeting sailed from Itchenor sailing club on the weekend of 29th/30th Sept. The trophy is typically sailed for on short windward leeward courses, with 5 races being scheduled for each day. The racing was very well managed by Robin Nott and his team.
Racing on Saturday was started on top of a high tide in Chichester harbour in a light northerly Force 2. With a strong tide pushing the boats upwind, crews were just able to twin wire up the beats, but it was the down wind legs were where all the major gains or losses were to be made.
With an optimised crew weight for the conditions, Andrew and Jamie Penman managed to get well clear of the fleet, winning the first race. Sibling pairings continued to dominate the day with the Pascal brothers wining the second and Katie and George Nuton winning the third races. With the wind completely dying before the fourth race could be got away, racing was abandoned for the day. This left the father and son team of Andy and Tom Partington the over night leaders.
Sunday saw a much fresher Easterly Force 4. With racing being sailed on a more restricted course in the Gallon reach, it proved to be quite testing conditions. Especially with the odd manoeuvre being required to avoid other harbour users.
From the off, the Partingtons showed the fleet how it should be done, winning the first race comfortably. Douglas Pattison and Damian Ash also showed good speed winning race 2, but too many capsizes spoiled their other results. The Pascal brothers continued to perform consistently and with both Martin Jones and Barry Edginton winning races, results were quite mixed. But with the Partingtons remaining consistently at the front of the fleet, they ended up dominating the event, winning with two races to spare.
1 1503 Andy and Tom Partington 12
2 1496 Robin and Martin Pascal 19
3 1500 Douglas Pattison and Damian Ash 20