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Laser South Coast & Wessex Grand Prix at Sutton Bingham Sailing Club

By Chris Jones on 24 May 2012 20 May 2012
Photo © Ian Jay
Lasers at Sutton Bingham
Photo © Adrian Neal
Lasers at Sutton Bingham
Photo © Ian Jay

The South Coast and Wessex regions combined for a joint open meeting at Sutton Bingham near Yeovil on Sunday 20th May. The event attracted 16 entries and conditions were near perfect with a 10-15mph breeze providing for some very close racing.

Standard and Radial fleets started together and the wind direction enabled race officer Chris Bottomley to set a good beat up the Halstock leg of the T shaped reservoir, followed by two short reaches and a long run. Shifting winds created plenty of opportunity for place changes during the three races.

In race one Richard Lymposs (Papercourt) and Robert Dyer (Sutton Bingham) took an early lead but were later disqualified for rounding the leeward mark in the wrong direction. This allowed John Ling (Upton Warren) to take line honours from Chris Jones (Sutton Bingham). Rob Jamieson (Sutton Bingham) led home the Radials.

Front of the fleet in race two was contested between Dyer, Ling, Jones and Nigel Rolfe (Frampton). Dyer showed good pace to fend off Ling and open up a commanding lead, whilst a tactical error resulting in turns dropped Jones from 2nd to 4th. Ben Rolfe (Frampton) sailed a great race to finish 6th and first Radial, with Jenn Botterill (Sutton Bingham) 2nd Radial.

The final race was a battle between seasoned campaigner Ling and the youthful determination of Dyer for full rig overall victory. Ling triumphed showing why his name is emblazoned many times on the trophy already. Ben Rolfe led again from Botterill in the Radials with Tracy Neal (Sutton Bingham) showing consistent improvement during the day to secure a 3rd place.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClub
Standard Fleet
1200920John LingUpton Warren
2-Robert DyerSutton Bingham
3197782Chris JonesSutton Bingham
4201870Nigel RolfeFrampton
5189331Richard LympossPapercourt
6123680Peter MaySpinnaker
7184354Robin PittUpton Warren
8157410Mike RileySutton Bingham
9195287Rob BunceHurst Castle
10181711Terence O'NeillSeafarers
Radial Fleet
1193781Ben RolfeFrampton
2185712Jenn BotterillSutton Bingham
3143576Rob JamiesonSutton Bingham
4157555Tracy NealSutton Bingham
5197494Ellie HitchingsChew Valley
6200683Emily WhiteCastle Cove
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