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2018 03 26

Spring Chicken series ends

 DBSC’s cure for winter woes, the Spring Chicken series, finished in uncharacteristically balmy conditions on Sunday morning with Eleint, a Trapper 300 sailed by Michal Matulka  in first place.  Second and third places went to a couple of 1720s, Wolfe, sailed by Clare Hogan, and Merlin, sailed by Ian Cummins.  In 4th place, just behind Merlin by a mere one point was the Beneteau 28, Platinum Blond, sailed by RSGYC’s   Vice-Commodore, Paul Egan.  Platinum Blonde had a good series, with a second in the last race and a third on the race of the 18th February. 

The prize giving, conducted with their usual comedic zest by Messrs Cairns and Mathews, took place after racing in the thronged Jack Brennan Room of the National Yacht Club.  It’s been an extraordinary tough winter, with blizzards and gales which virtually destroyed the shelter on the upper East Weir and swept away the concrete base of the West Pier Hut. No matter; everyone concerned enjoyed themselves hugely – so we’re assured- - even if conditions allowed the holding of only four of the scheduled six races.  The Turkey Shoot (pre-Christmas) and the Spring Chicken  series (February –March) have been regular features of the DBSC programme since the  winter of 2002 and by all accounts  their popularity shows no signs of waning