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Christmas Racing Series

Christmas Racing Series

Christmas Series 2013



This year we are offering a mini series of five races on three days:

Sunday 22nd December fron 11.00am
Thursday 26th December- Boxing Day- 70 minute pursuit race from 12pm followed by Mulled wine and mince pies and/or Christmas lunch
Sunday 29th December from 11.00am

Extra this year Kris has offered to cook a Turkey lunch on Boxing Day - please sign up in the galley or email . Non-sailors, friends, relatives, all welcome!

The only way it can run is if the people who race in the series agree to either be rescue or race officers. In previous years we had a good turn out of competitors for the series, but we still struggled to fill all the duties required to run the racing, so please show your Christmas spirit and help to run the activities!

The race on Boxing day will also be the Burghfield Icicle and count towards both events.
The series will have five races with three to count, two on each of the Sundays and one on Boxing Day, so if you do offer to help on one of these days you will not lose out in the series. Average points will also be available (as per normal racing) if you sign on on the day of a duty.

Because of the nature of the duties, they are considered separate to the normal duty system, so it is expected the members who decide to race in this series will offer to do a duty whether they have payed the waiver fee of not.
If enough people volunteer for duties then perhaps no one will miss more than one race as we could operate a different race team for the am and pm races.

If you intend to do the series, please be generous and offer your assistance as without the volunteers, no racing will take place.

There is a duty sign on sheet for the series on the noticeboard to the left of the bar in the clubroom and we would appreciate it if you would add your name to the roster if you are intending to race part or all of the series.

Thank you for your help and support,



Christmas Racing Series 2012

This Year we are continuing the racing that we offer over the Christmas period. Unfortunately, last year the racing was severely disrupted by the adverse weather but we are hoping the snow and ice will hold off this year! Historically there have been adhoc races which occasionally happen excluding the Burghfield Icicle on Boxing Day. It seems though, that people still want to race!! The main problem with racing over the Christmas period is being able to roster club members to do duties in this frantic time.

This year we are offering a mini series of five races on three days:
  • Sunday 16th December fron 11.00am
  • Sunday 26th December- Boxing Day- 70 minute pursiut race from 12pm with mince pies and Mulled wine after the race!
  • Monday 30th December from 11.00am
The only way it can run is if the people who race in the series agree to either be rescue or race officers. In previous years we had a good turn out of competitors for the series, but we still struggled to fill all the duties required to run the racing, so please show your Christmas spirit and help to run the activities!

The race on Boxing day will also be the Burghfield Icicle and count towards both events.
The series will have five races with three to count, two on each of the Sundays and one on Boxing Day, so if you do offer to help on one of these days you will not lose out in the series. Average points will also be available (as per normal racing) if you sign on on the day of a duty.

Because of the nature of the duties, they are considered separate to the normal duty system, so it is expected the members who decide to race in this series will offer to do a duty whether they have payed the waiver fee of not.
If enough people volunteer for duties then perhaps no one will miss more than one race as we could operate a different race team for the am and pm races.

If you intend to do the series, please be generous and offer your assistance as without the volunteers, no racing will take place.

There is a duty sign on sheet for the series on the noticeboard to the left of the bar in the clubroom and we would appreciate it if you would add your name to the roster if you are intending to race part or all of the series.

Thank you for your help and support,

Charles Gilchrist
Rear Commodore Sailing

ROB MARTIN
Principle Race Officer

Christmas series racing format

Christmas Racing Format 2010


With the Christmas series now approaching a description of its format perhaps would be an idea!!

So, The format will be a lap timed handicap of approximately one hour in duration per race with two races each on the 18th December and 2nd January as per normal Sunday racing times (11am and 1.30pm starts) and one on boxing day (26th) (12pm start), which will also be the Burghfield Icicle. As a celebration of Christmas we intend to also provide mince pies and Mulled wine after racing on Boxing Day.

There will however be only one start for all classes taking part, unless the entries are too big, and weather permitting we are hoping to run starts from the balcony (for something a bit different) as much as possible.

Oh yes - and the galley will be open as normal both on Sunday 18th December and Sunday 1st January.



Charles Gilchrist




Christmas Series 2007 Reports

brian Powell in his Phantom

Christmas Series- Final Day

With great winds having blessed the previous few days over christmas it was a shame that the morning of the 30th arrived leaving the lake in its now familiar mirror like state which blighted the series. However, by the 11am start of race 2 there was enough of a westerley wind blowing for the race team to set a similar downwind start to the Boxing day Icicle with it the turn of the Oppies to be over the line before the gun. Jeremy and George in their National 12 managed to get to the first mark in the lead but not before Richard and Sue in their RS500 had called water on them. A slight error in the amount of space saw Jeremy/George pulling a 720 just after the mark as Richard a Sue's bowsprit brushed their stern. With these two and a couple of others clear of the mark a scrum then occurred as the remainder of the 24 strong fleet decide to try and get round the mark at once! Alot of calls were made and a few bumps but it was soon apparent that all boats made it safely through. Towards the next leg a group of asymmetrics took a grip of the lead and managed to put some distance between them and the remaining fleet. This they managed to hold and as the breeze fell away in lap two it was clear that they would not be caught. The race became a test of nerve to find who could remain still the longest and keep any form of momentum going as the lake returned to its now familiar mirror-like status. The first laps were completedd by the forty minute mark but its was a good hour later before all boats had managed lap 2.

The wind, as ever, returned over lunch and so the last race of the series got underway on a somewhat shortened course in about 6mph of westerley breeze. It was the turn of Steve and Chris in their RS400 to be over the line this time allowing Brian Powell, in his very recently purchased Phantom to take the lead. Howver as before the wind did not last long and it was soon to be another trial of momentum as the breeze dropped away. Stve and chris got past Brian and also Tom Jones in his 400 but by the end of the race with the wind building slightly, brian still had enough in the bag to take the bullet.

So, though the series was blighted with light or no wind, fog and ice 34 boats took part and made for a great little battle especially with the unfamiliar downind starts catching so many people out!

A huge thatnk you must go to all those who helped run the series and we look forward running to something similar in twelve months time! All that remaians to say is Happy New Year and lets look forward to a year of warm weather, plentiful winds and close racing.

Full Results

Jeremy Carey
Burghfield Icicle 2007

Burghfield Icicle 2007

It did not look good for the annual Burghfield Icicle race on 26 December when competitors arrived to find the lake completely becalmed albeit sunny and bright. As 11.00 approached, however, fingers of light breeze began to appear on the lake from the west and by the time boats were launching, there was breeze extending across most of the lake.

Fifteen entries saw only one class represented by more than one entry - a powerplay by the Blaze fleet putting out 3 boats - and probably for the first time ever, not a single entry from the Laser fleet.

Race Team Steve Middleton, Chris Rowland, and Nygel Gardner, supported by John Ridehalgh and Ian Barker on rescue, set a traditional Icicle course starting the race between the clubhouse and pylon island, taking competitors around a course that included the little used mark "W" in the western corner. Interestingly, this meant that competitors had the unusual experience of having to contest a running start. Chris Jordan took full advantage being the only asymmetric to fly his spinnaker on the run in to the line, with Stuart Brown (Blaze), Lottie Harland (Optimist) and Jeremy Carey/George Rowland (N12) all over the line at the start. As the fleet headed off towards mark 12, Brian Powell(Phantom)established an early lead only to be beaten to the first mark by Richard and Sue Morley who were showing early good speed in their RS500. However, Powell moved into first place some way down the next leg as it became progressively tighter and the asymmetric boats had to drop their spinnakers.

As the race moved on Powell went clear with only the RS400 of John Cooper/Roger Garrison to keep him company. As the challenge from the Blaze fleet faltered, by mid race, it looked as though Powell's main competition would be the RS200 of Paul Whitbread and the National 12 of Carey/Rowland as they recovered from their premature start and started tearing through the back end and middle order.

As each of the 3 laps sailed passed, it became clear that the wind was dropping quickly, handing some benefit to those classes that had finished on earlier laps. In particular, as the race went on, both Lottie Harland's Optimist and Pat Forbes' Europe, looked likely to be in a strong position. The first lap had been sailed in a solid force 2-3: the last lap in a diminishing patch of light breeze. All the remaining competitors struggled to sail the short distance from mark "W" to the finish line (between Pylon Island and the clubhouse shore) with Cooper/Garrison (RS400)first across the line closely followed by Powell (Phantom)only a couple of seconds behind.

At the prize-giving, once again it was Brian Powell who took this years Icicle Race by a fairly comfortable margin.


Full Results

Steve Middleton

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Created on 30/11/2007 10:39 PM by Jeremy Carey
Updated on 06/12/2013 12:42 PM by Pat Forbes
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