Please select your home edition
Edition
Gul 2017 April

Solo Midland Series at Rugby & Daventry Sailing Club

by Gordon Clarke on 25 May 2011 22 May 2011

The Rugby and Daventry SC Solo Open on 22nd May saw eight hardy helms attend for the sixth meeting in the 2011 Midland Solo series.

Once again we chose a warm and sunny day for our Open but the wind of 30mph, gusting to 45mph, proved a struggle for all the helms that turned out.

In race one the whole fleet safely rounded the first mark and stayed upright but this changed by the gybe mark with half the fleet taking a swim. The leading boat for the first lap was Ian Harridge with Jon Clarke close by. Jon managed to get through to take the gun for the first race, as the finish gun sounded there were 4 to 5 boats upside down; the rescue teams were very busy.

In race two the OD’s reduced the race time to 40 minutes max, a popular move. The strong South West wind caused havoc near buildings. Mike Dray led the fleet for the first lap, followed by Jon Clarke and Ian Harridge. In this race everyone capsized at least once, with the finishing order being Mike, Jon and Ian.

In race three the wind had not eased but to their credit all eight helms turned up on the start line. After the first lap Jon Clarke had a 200yd lead which he held to the finish. Andrew Liddington had a good start and held on to second place for a spell giving the local sailors some cheer until he took a swim. Allan Atack had a spectacular capsize coming out past the pontoon, in trying to right his boat he put his foot through the sail. The rescue team managed to unthread him and get him safely ashore. Only three boats finished the last race, 5 retired. Jon Clarke took the gun followed by Mike Dray and Keith Lancaster.

Overall Results:

1. Jon Clarke - 4748
2. Mike Dray - 4386
3. Ian Harridge - 5147
4. Keith Lancaster - 4878
5. Andy Thurston – 3464
6. Andrew Liddington – 4771
7. Norman Clark – 4274
8. Allan Atack – 5019

Related Articles

Solos at Rollesby Broad
Very close racing for the 18 boats Rollesby Broad hosted their annual Solo open on Sunday 23rd April. Ten visitors joined eight home boats for some very close racing (the first three all finishing with 5 points). Posted today at 11:31 am
76 days to go
Until the Noble Marine National Solo UK Championship Noble Marine, our class insurer have subsidised the 2017 event, reducing the entry fee to an all time low of just £145 for those that enter before July 1st (£175 thereafter). Juniors, full time students and overseas competitors can enter for just £50! Posted on 24 Apr
Solos at Tata Steel
16 helms race at Margam, South Wales The open consisted of four races, one before lunch and then three back to back in the afternoon. Firstly well done to the OOD and his team for setting a testing triangle sausage course and handling the day efficiently and on time. Posted on 18 Apr
Salcombe Yacht Club Spring Series race 5
Wind from most directions of the compass The final day of the Spring Series provided wind that came from most directions of the compass and weather that varied from glorious sunshine to a chilly North Westerly. Posted on 16 Apr
Paignton POSH to be held on 6-7 May
Sixth running of Paignton's flagship event for singlehanders 2017 will be the 6th year of Paignton Sailing Club's iconic flagship event for single-handers: POSH. This is the only BIG single hander event in the south-west for mono-hull single handers with a PY of 1200 down to how fast would you like sir?! Posted on 14 Apr
Welsh Solo Sea Championship preview
Book your B&B early to avoid disappointment! This year sees the third running of this event. An event second to none with regard to venue and even more so when the conditions are right. A fantastic club, location, and sailing... plus the 'apres-sail' that goes with it. Posted on 11 Apr
Scottish Solos at Bardowie Loch
Opening event on the Scottish calendar Eighteen Solos entered the first event on the 2017 Scottish Traveller Series held at the Clyde Cruising Clubs Bardowie Loch near Milngavie. Glasgow. Competitors travelled from as far as Wick and Aberdeen in the North to St Marys Loch in the South. Posted on 11 Apr
Solos at Littleton
Hyland proves the light winds aren't a lottery Littleton Sailing Club welcomed ten visitors to join eight Littleton sailors for our Solo Open. The weather forecast had not been good for sailors with a light NW forecast. Posted on 6 Apr
Early Bird Incentive
For the Noble Marine National Solo UK Championship The UK National Championship, at Royal Torbay YC from 9-14 July, is this year title sponsored by Noble Marine, our class insurer. Noble Marine can always be relied on keeping us on the water and Noble Marine's Phil Kilburn, is a regular competitor. Posted on 5 Apr
Solos at Draycote Water
Dinghy Rope Midland Series round 1 39 competitors arrived at a damp Draycote Water for the first ever Solo Midland Area Championships and the first event in the 2017 Dinghy Rope Midland Series. Posted on 3 Apr