Enterprise Open at Redditch Sailing Club
This was the twelfth event in the Midland Area Double Chine series sponsored by Speed Sails.
There were 9 boats including visitors from Midland, Tamworth, Emberton Park and Avon sailing clubs. It was an inauspicious, damp grey day. The wind was light and very variable but increased through the day with some strong gusts in the last race.
The race officer set courses in difficult conditions but managed to provide us with three different and interesting courses.
The conditions in race one were so variable that places changed regularly throughout. By the second half of race 1 the competition was between Mike Cossey/Christine Barron, Dave Jackson/Gus Noakes, Antony Lynall/Simon Lynall and Greg Croydon/Gail Ranford. However, on the very last lap Paul Young/Megan Ward surprised everybody and snatched the lead within moments of the finish being sounded and finished in first place. Antony Lynall/Simon Lynall took second place with Mike Cossey/Christine Barron coming third.
The second race was back to back with the first but a new course was set to make the best of the wind conditions. The upwind leg was made additionally demanding by sharing a narrow stretch of water with fishermen, and returning downwind boats. Again places changed regularly although we were pleased to avoid the stretch of dead water in front of the club house which had featured in race 1. A close fight took place between Mike Cossey/Christine Barron and Dave Jackson/Gus Noakes for first place but ultimately Mike was able to seize the lead and cross the line well ahead. Dave Jackson/Gus Noakes came second. Paul Young/Megan Ward managed to move up the fleet from a mid position to take third place in the last lap.
After a most enjoyable lunch provided by the ladies of the galley a new course was set for the final race. The tension was high as results so far meant that four boats were potentially fighting for first place. The race officer set a tight start line to keep us on our toes. Martin Bottomley/Kate Brazier and Mike Cossey/Christine Barron both had very good starts. However, by the windward mark Mike Cossey/Christine Barron were in the lead. Some very close racing followed with several place changes and some crowded mark roundings. Paul/Megan held the lead briefly. However, subsequently the lead was taken by Mike/Christine, Greg/Gail and Dave/Gus during the race. The wind built up throughout the race and brought some exciting gusts which helped Paul/Megan to take back the lead on the beat which they held to the finish. Second was Mike/Christine and third was Greg/Gail.
1st 22901 Paul Young/Megan Ward (Midland SC) 2pts
2nd 22823 Mike Cossey/Christine Barron (Tamworth SC) 3pts
3rd 22701 Dave Jackson/Gus Noakes (Redditch SC) 6pts
4th 20685 Antony Lynall/Simon Lynall (Avon SC) 7pts
5th 22401 Greg Croydon/Gail Ranford (Redditch SC) 7pts
6th 23248 Martin Bottomley/Kate Brazier (Emberton Park SC) 11pts
7th 23228 Steve Orme/Elaine Herlihy (Redditch SC) 13pts
8th 20023 Terry Hobbis/Chris Vanbyevelt (Redditch SC) 14pts
9th 23094 Ian Ranford/Rob Eaves (Redditch SC) 16pts