Folly Trophy - 8 & 9 July 2023
The Folly race is a 2-day Inter-club race versus ESSC.
The race will be to Lymington on the 8 & 9 July.
The trophy had been won for many years by Slipper, but we were delighted to bring it to ESC last year and hope we can retain it again this year.
We have arranged a dinner for all participants in the Lymington Town YC on the Saturday night. Last year's pontoon party was good fun, but very cramped on board a few of the boats due to the winds. I think we had 18 on board Bellatrix at one point!
Last year we trialled a new approach from the traditional 2nd day round the Island race. To encourage greater participation for the Folly event, particularly from lighter boats with less offshore capability or crews with less experience, we made a few changes to the race schedule and the scoring system.
However due to last years "interesting" weather we abandoned the Round the Island option for day 2 and most boats raced back up the Solent.
- We intend to continue with the changed format for this year, weather permitting.
- The changes we made are as follows:-
- 1.This event will be run as two separate races with points being awarded for each race. This will replace the previous system whereby the elapsed times were used to calculate the final results.
- The benefit of this change is that if a boat has to retire or gets disqualified in one of the races, it is still able to compete in the other race. No one wants to see a boat (from either club) excluded from the whole event If it has to retire in one of the races.
- 2.For the Day-two race, two races will be run and competitors will be given a free choice which one they wish to enter. The first will be the Off-Shore Route or the In-Shore Route.
As this race is essentially a Round-The-Island Race, the boats that choose this course will benefit on points. This will be achieved by the boats racing the In-Shore course having one extra point added to the points awarded to them depending on their finishing position.
The benefit of this change is that racing round the outside of the IOW isn't everyone's cup of tea and secondly it enables a later start time for those who race back up the Solent.
Further details and entry forms will be available here and on the cruiser notice board