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Laser South East Grand Prix at Lancing Sailing Club
By David Trout on 29 May 2012 27 May 2012
Photos © Isabelle Jackson
Laser South East Grand Prix at Lancing
Laser South East Grand Prix at Lancing

A fleet of 24 Standards, 7 Radials and one 4.7 took to the water on May 27th in a force 2 breeze that looked sketchy from the start.

Race Officer Barry Goacher got the Standard and Radial fleets under way in a shifty South Easterly, but after 1 lap of the course, a big swing to North East signalled the start of the gradient vs. sea breeze battle and all but saw the end of the wind. Fortunately, the tide was slack and the fleets were able to finish after 2 laps.

Oliver Bush (Weirwood) and Tobias Hamer (Langstone) were first and second across the line, but had incurred a 20% penalty at the start. Anatoly Krivelevich (Queen Mary) and David Binding (Weirwood) were third and fourth. First Radial was David Trout (Lancing), second was Mike Croker (Lancing), and third, Steve Lynch (Lancing).

The second race was abandoned and an early lunch taken.

The chances of afternoon racing seemed slight, but just as most were starting their sandwiches, a sudden huge shift to Westerly brought a force 3 and a call from the RO to get out there quick. 2 general recalls soaked up valuable time, and the wind was down to a 2 before the action finally started. Just as in the morning, the race ended after 2 laps in a feeble breeze.

In the Standard fleet, Orlando Gledhill (Queen Mary) returned to form with the win, followed by Richard Horn (Hill Head), Tobias Hamer and Alex Benbow (Stokes Bay). David Trout scored a second win in the Radial fleet, followed by Alex Geal and Mike Croker.

Overall, in the Standard Fleet, the win went to Alex Hamer (Langstone), followed by David Binding (Weirwood), Alex Benbow (Stokes Bay) and Orlando Gledhill (Queen Mary). In the Radial Fleet, David Trout (Lancing) was first, followed by Mike Croker (Lancing) and Alex Geal (Pevensey Bay).

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2Pts
Standard Fleet
1st194660Tobias HamerLangstone SCZFP310
2nd197340David BindingWeirwood SC4711
3rd203085Alex BenbowStokes Bay SC8412
4th192654Orlando GledhillQueen Mary SC12113
5th203316Anatoly KrivelevichQueen Mary SC31114
6th197237Oliver BushWeirwood SCZFP1218
7th163776Jack TattersallLancing SC10818
8th192532Simon BarringtonWeirwood SC15621
9th198990Neil PetersPevensey Bay SCZFP1021
10th173061Gregory FowlerPevensey Bay SC71724
11th162870Jim PowellLancing SCZFP1525
12th166550Ian PayneChichester YC91827
13th203159Geoffrey BushWeirwood SC131427
14th180836Richard HornHill Head SCRAF228
15th191676Dan BigsbyQueen Mary SCRAF531
16th192748Julian WilkinsLancing SC112031
17th179660Will AppsLancing SCDNF935
18th171864Chris FosterLancing SC142135
19th176568Jim FifieldQueen Mary SCDNF1339
20th168899Robert AldridgeLancing SC182240
21st195826David CarterLancing SCZFP1941
22nd165483Sean DwyerLancing SCDNF1642
23rdNo NumAlan SimmonsLancing SCZFP2344
24th200931George SpeddingQueen Mary SCDNFDNC52
24th203157Dave FreemanStokes Bay SCDNFDNC52
Radial Fleet
1st202547David TroutLancing SC112
2nd525Mike CrokerLancing SC235
3rd171989Alex GealPevensey Bay SC426
4th196330Steve LynchLancing SC358
5th146231Diana CrokerLancing SC6410
6th167960Elodie JacksonLancing SC5DNC13
7th167976Mark ChesherLancing SCDNFDNC16
4.7 Fleet
1st135841Suzy GealPevensey Bay SC112
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