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Welland Yacht Club stage the final round of the Frostbite Series

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Despite rain and light winds, 12 boats lined up for the Brass Monkey Trophy race at Welland Yacht Club.

It also doubled as the final race of the 2021 Frostbite series and the last outing of the season.

Similar to the previous week a light North Easterly wind was blowing, meaning the boats had to start down river with a short leg from the clubhouse before rounding the first mark and then heading up river.

Winner on the day and overall series victor Mark Scourfield (left in red)
Winner on the day and overall series victor Mark Scourfield (left in red)

It was Geri van Haren in his Phantom who got it spot on and rounded the mark comfortably ahead of the chasing pack.

Andy Agar was next round in an OK having gained water at the mark from Andy Prior (in his Laser) and breaking clear from Mark Scourfield (in his Solo) and the rest of the pack.

van Haren made good use of the clear air to build on his lead as the race progressed, and he was never challenged.

Prior did manage to pull clear of Agar who was gradually caught by the chasing pack, with Scourfield, Alan Cox (Laser) and Richard Steadman (Laser) gradually making their way up through the fleet.

By the time the boats had completed the long upriver leg van Haren was in first, with Prior only just keeping Cox at bay, and then Scourfield only a short distance behind in the slower Solo.

Gail Follington, in the much slower Comet, was also doing well to hold position despite its higher handicap.

Further down the fleet, Helen Boyd and Nick Bonsor were exchanging places on a regular basis.

The second lap followed a similar order, although Cox almost passed Prior on a number of occasions but Prior was able to hold him off. This, however, allowed Scourfield to close the gap on both boats.

At the finish van Haren crossed the line nearly five minutes ahead of Prior, with Cox only seconds behind him.

The race gets under way
The race gets under way

But, with handicaps applied, Scourfield took the win from Prior and then van Haren and then Cox.

Follington moved up to a well-deserved fifth place with Steadman sixth, Alistair Mitchell (Laser) seventh and Agar eighth.

Bonser was ninth just ahead of Boyd, with Richard Holland (Laser) finishing 11th and Eric Murray 12th.

In addition to taking the Brass Monkey Trophy (a trophy his father presented to the club in the year 1976), Scourfield also took the overall Frostbite series from runner-up Prior, Gail Follington in third and van Haren finishing fourth.

Anyone wishing to find out more about sailing should email the club via secretary@wellandyachtclub.co.uk

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