Good turnout for new format race at Shanklin
This year Shanklin Sailing Club have introduced a new race series with individual handicaps for each helmsman based on last year’s results. After the first event was cancelled due to a gale there was a good turnout of twenty-five Sprint 15 catamarans and a Challenger trimaran on Sunday the 17th April for Race 2 of the Baker Challenge Series.
It was a lovely sunny spring morning with a light northerly blowing with the ebb tide.
Simon Giles got the perfect start towards the shore end of the line and held his course out to sea. Erling Holmberg, Tony Murrant, Brandon Holmberg and Liam Thom all took advantage of a right hand wind shift and tacked towards the beach to get away from the tide. Erling was the bravest and sailed over the breakwaters with his rudders raised, gaining a clear advantage at the windward mark with Tony not far behind.
Once round the first buoy, the boats could make good speed around the course and the fleet became spread out.
Erling maintained his lead to cross the line first but Tony Murrant stalled just short of the finish which allowed Brandon and Liam to cross second and third.
There was then a gap back to Simon Giles, Mark Randerson and Keith Newnham.
All twenty-six boats finished.
Once the personal handicaps were added, Brandon Holmberg overtook his grandfather Erling to win the race, with Tony Murrant being upgraded ahead of Liam Thom into third. Mark Randerson, with son Charlie crewing, ended up fifth on adjusted time.
Top 10 finishers on adjusted time:
1. Brandon Holmberg
2. Erling Holmberg
3. Tony Murrant
4. Liam Thom
5. Mark and Charlie Randerson
6. Alan Howie-Wood
7. Yvonne Pike
8. Simon Nevitt
9. Shaun Smith
10. Bob Baker