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Lightning 368 Southerns at Cookham Reach Sailing Club

By Roy Reuter on 29 Jul 2009 25 July 2009
Photos © Mark Mortimer and Roy Reuter
A fine Saturday at Cookham Reach for the Lightning 368 Southern Championship
A fine Saturday at Cookham Reach for the Lightning 368 Southern Championship

Southern Championship & Derek Bayley Trophy

On this fine Saturday, Cookham Reach SC hosted its 3rd Lightning 368 Open meeting comprising the Southern Championship and its own ‘Derek Bayley’ club trophy, and attracted a record turnout.

The 8 visitors and 10 club members were greeted with sunshine and a light force 1-2 westerly wind that occasionally swung to the north, making for some tricky sailing on this beautiful reach of the Thames in Berkshire.

After a recall due to a problem in the Box, the fleet got away for the 1st of the 3 planned races. Adam Styles (236) made the best start by using the start-line angle, followed by the home club’s Alex Singleton (304) and Jack Deung (155). Adam opened up a comfortable 100m lead on the 1st lap but this was gradually eroded by John Claridge (402) on the 2nd lap, with Alex Jones (145) working his way up to 3rd place following a poor start. Alex Jones continued to work his way through to take line honours from Adam and Simon Hopkins (288) who had also worked his way through the fleet. Chris Abela (369) was 4th.

Following the pasta-bake lunch the fleet again set off, this time with John, Jack, Caroline Key (400) and Simon Styles (292) setting the pace. However it was not long before Alex Jones began to make his presence felt as he and Caroline broke away from the rest of the fleet to have there own battle for 1st place. This was eventually won by Caroline with Alex 2nd, Simon 3rd and Alex’s brother, Gareth (119), coming through to take 4th place.

The 3rd race was sailed back-to-back by almost the full fleet – the Derek Bayley competition allowing no discard. Jack led the fleet off the line followed by Adam and Alex Jones but it was not long before the latter two were battling it out for 1st place with Alex coming out the eventual winner from John and Simon, with Gareth again in 4th.

The awards were presented after tea and cakes, plus a few beers, by Derek Bayley and his wife Pearl. Alex Jones gave a vote of thanks to the organising team, and Ben Harris promoted the forthcoming Lightning Opens.

Overall Results:

Southern Championship

PosBoat NameSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3Pts
1(no name)145Alex JonesCRSC1|2|12
2Quiet Riot236Adam StylesEvesham SC23|5|5
3Forenaughty400Caroline KeyWest Oxfordshire SC|7|167
4Lightning 368402John ClaridgeRoyal Lymington YC5|8|27
5(no name)119Gareth JonesCRSC|6|448
6Sometimes369Chris AbelaDorchester SC45|12|9
7Red288Simon HopkinsUp River YC3|13|710
8Get a Grip292Simon StylesEvesham SC8|14|311
9Louise253Ben HarrisUp River YC|9|6814
10Vertigo124Kevin SingletonCRSC|12|71118
11Short 'n' Sweet304Alex SingletonCRSC11|12|920
12Sheeet155Jack DeungCRSC10|15|1020
13Finale372Nigel WebbCRSC|13|91322
14(no name)111Peter GreenEvesham SC1510|DNS|25
15Arkwright's Revenge281Graham WebbCRSC|14|111425
16Minty178Mary WebbCRSC|16|161531
17Flash Gordon52Christine RoyCRSC|17|171633
18Fling190Emma LonesCRSC|18|181735

Derek Bayley Trophy

PosBoat NameSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3Pts
1(no name)145Alex JonesCRSC1214
2Quiet Riot236Adam StylesEvesham SC23510
3Forenaughty400Caroline KeyWest Oxfordshire SC71614
4(no name)119Gareth JonesCRSC64414
5Lightning 368402John ClaridgeRoyal Lymington YC58215
6Sometimes369Chris AbelaDorchester SC451221
7Red288Simon HopkinsUp River YC313723
8Louise253Ben HarrisUp River YC96823
9Get a Grip292Simon StylesEvesham SC814325
10Vertigo124Kevin SingletonCRSC1271130
11Short 'n' Sweet304Alex SingletonCRSC1112932
12Finale372Nigel WebbCRSC1391335
13Sheeet155Jack DeungCRSC10151035
14Arkwright's Revenge281Graham WebbCRSC14111439
15(no name)111Peter GreenEvesham SC1510DNS44
16Minty178Mary WebbCRSC16161547
17Flash Gordon52Christine RoyCRSC17171650
18Fling190Emma LonesCRSC18181753
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