Please select your home edition
Edition
Craftinsure 2012

Solo Thames Valley Series at Littleton Sailing Club

by Mike Dray on 25 Mar 2012 25 March 2012
Solos at Littleton © Mike Dray

What a perfect day for sailing our brilliant class today. The sun was out, a warm 19 degrees and an Easterly F2 occasionally blowing the odd F3 gust to get us sitting out on the side. Pleasant sailing conditions then for the 1st Thames Valley series event of the year.

14 local boats from Littleton and 12 Visitors made up the fleet to tackle what would be described by everybody as a lottery 95% of the time, especially up the beats.

Race 1

The fleet got away cleanly, with a couple of people OCS but without a general recall, everybody made their way up the 1st beat, which was a complete gamble from the off. The fleet split completely with some trying both sides of the lake and a few opting for the middle. The winners rounded 1st with a small gap to the chasing pack. Julian Rickards (Littleton SC) was 1st round the mark with Richard Willets and Barry Wicks and Vanda Jowett in close contention. As the 1st lap unfolded the two lead boats took a wrong turn and although told to carry on as an insignificant gain was made at the time, sportingly came ashore during the last lap and took DNF’s. The race after that was a close affair between Julian Rickards and Vanda Jowett (Littleton SC), tackling the shifts as they came to stay ahead of the fleet and finishing on this order with Mark Fowler (Littleton SC) in 3rd.

Race 2

A tricky start once again in the light wind and forever shifting wind direction saw Julian Rickards rouding 1st with Godfrey 2nd just ahead of Paul Bristow (Burghfield) Godfrey found pressure and sailed into the distance with a closely packed fleet chasing. Nobody really ever got near to Godfrey for the remainder of the race. 2nd place was taken by Richard Willets (Burghfield) and Trevor Rawlings (Littleton SC).

Race 3

The race got off a bit more quickly this time around as a temporary gusty spell hit the fleet and caused lots of shouting and boats going in circles off the start. Round the windward mark was Trevor Rawlings (Littleton SC) followed by Barry Wicks (Maidenhead) and Keith Carter (Littleton SC). Trevor lead the fleet around the 1st lap but as the 2nd lap started, the lottery began as the chasers could read where not to go, and Trevor lost out to Barry Wicks and also lost ground to the chasing pack. Barry Wicks continued to sparkle, sailing off into a small lead until the finish, while a twist was still to happen as on the final beat of the race Godfrey Clark took the gamble and separated from the fleet and found the winning ticket header that took him from around 6th place to 2nd at the line..a move which ultimately won himself the overall event. 3rd place was eventually taken by Keith Carter.

Overall Results:

1st Godfrey Clark (Fishers Green)
2nd Julian Rickards (Littleton SC)
3rd Trevor Rawlings (Littleton SC)
4th Barry Wicks (Maidenhead SC)
5th Vanda Jowett (Littleton SC)

Full results on the Littleton Sailing Club website.

Related Articles

Salcombe YC Sailing Club Series Race 5
Fresh and gusty south westerly under sunny skies A fresh and gusty south westerly, sunny skies and a full tide saw plenty take part in Race 5 of the Salcombe Yacht Club Sailing Club Series. Over 30 boats competed across the 5 classes with more than half of these in the ever-popular Solo class. Posted on 22 May
Solos at Fishers Green
Eastern Area series event for the Ashwell Shield The Solo class made their annual visit to Fishers Green SC in the Lea Valley Park on Sunday 14th May, as part of their Eastern Area series and to race for the Ashwell Shield. Posted on 17 May
Solos at Carsington
Midlands and Northern Area Open Carsington SC hosted the Joint Midlands and Northern area Solo Open Meeting. 32 Solos raced in conditions that all said were fantastic - the sun shone and the WSW wind blew, which made for planing offwind legs and hard hiking beats. Posted on 16 May
The best laid plans...
We talk to Tom Gillard about his disrupted 2017 season Tom Gillard finished 2016 in style, winning the Fireball Worlds with Richard Anderton, but this year started with a serious blow to Tom's campaign after learning that Richard needed an operation on his knee that would put him out of action for a year... Posted on 15 May
Salcombe YC Sailing Club Series Race 4
At last a brisk South Westerly with sun! At last a brisk South Westerly with sun! Up until now the 2017 season has been dominated by Easterlies which have made for challenging sailing in the Salcombe estuary and so it was good news for the competitors and race officer. Posted on 14 May
First Shots of THINNAIR
And latest Solo and 29er news Thinnair hull #1 was first shown at the RYA Dinghy Show in early March. Since then we have been destruction testing the hull and compiling the list of modifications for the boat we will take to the Moth Worlds later this year. Posted on 12 May
Enterprise and Solos at Minima
Firkin Trophy and Thames Valley Series racing A northerly is a rare pleasure at Minima, sitting as the club does on a north-south reach of the Thames at Kingston, plagued by the prevailing south-westerlies. Posted on 9 May
Solos at West Riding
Heavy cloud over Wintersett Reservoir A fleet of 19 Solos gathered at West Riding Sailing Club for the second event of the northern series. Whilst other parts of the country were bathed in sunshine, heavy cloud hung over Wintersett Reservoir. Posted on 9 May
Salcombe YC Sailing Club Series Race 3
'Round the creeks' course to make best use of high water Grey skies and a fading north easterly breeze greeted the 28 boats lining up for race 3 of the Salcombe Yacht Club Sailing Club Series. The Race Officer set a 'round the creeks' course to make best use of high water. Posted on 8 May
Magic Marine Nation's Cup overall
An exciting finale in Medemblik All was set for an exciting finale to the Magic Marine Nation's Cup, hosted by the Royal Hollandia Yacht Club. The athletes stood onshore, stretching and triggering slow and fast twitch fibres for the day's racing. Posted on 7 May