Frampton on Severn 30th Mar 2013

p1010005-800x601Amongst the British Moth class, Frampton On Severn Sailing Club has developed a reputation for providing weather more akin to sunnier climes. However the recent cold spell meant that even ‘Tropical Frampton’ was unseasonably cold when nine British Moths ascended for the seasons curtain raiser on 30 March.


Whilst numbers in attendance were slightly lower this year, the fleet that assembled was of notable quality with many seasoned campaigners lining up at the start. The sailors were met with beautiful sailing conditions which Phil Kirk and his race team made good use of setting up a course that made the most of the conditions, despite the shifty wind.


In race one Roger Witts (FOSSC) managed to extend a lead and never really looked back. Richard Keefe (Hunts) did well to go with him and get some clear air ahead of the pack which saw numerous place changes, with Tony Latham (FOSSC) breaking through to take third at the finish.


Race two again saw Witts take the bullet whilst the chasing pack battled it out for second. Andrew Perrott (Chippenham) proved too quick for the rest of the bunch and took second, ahead of Ian Haywood (FOSSC) in third. The results in the morning meant that there was still plenty to sail for in the afternoon as several sailors went into the lunch break with a strong chance of finishing in the top three.


Having been very well fed over lunch by the volunteers in the galley, the sailors returned to the water for another two races. Race three saw Mark Wiltshere take the initiative as he took an early lead for the early parts before being passed by Roger Witts, who was already showing that he would live up to his billing as pre-race favourite, taking a third win in three races. Wiltshere comfortably took second whilst Andrew Perrot took third.


By the start of race 4 the title had already been decided, with Roger Witts taking three wins from three races. The battle was still on for second and third though. Tony Latham took an early lead and held on for the first lap before Witts passed him to take a clean sweep of wins. Latham held on to second with Nicola Barrett (FOSSC) taking a deserved third, having overtaken a large number of boats to get there.


In the end Roger Witts comfortably won back the ‘Suspense Trophy’, counting three wins and discarding another. As the results show the fight for second and third was keenly contested, with Tony Latham taking second ahead of Andrew Perrott who finished third and took the honour of being the highest placed visitor.


1st Roger Witts (FOSSC) – 3pts

2nd Tony Latham (FOSSC) – 9pts

3rd Andrew Perrott (Chippenham) – 10pts

4th Richard Keefe (Hunts) – 11pts

5th Ian Haywood (FOSSC) – 12pts


The day proved to be typical of the class with some enjoyable close racing and good fun had by all.