Even though light winds were forecasted 53 Lasers gathered Stokes Bay Sailing Club for the penultimate event in the Laser South Coast Grand Prix series.
The WSW wind steadily built through-out the day to a force 4, with the warm sunshine it produced a near perfect days sailing conditions. The strong flood tide didn't cause the expected general recall when the 27 standard rigs lined up for the start. The first race went to Ben Cornish (Exe), followed by Alex Mills-Barton (Newhaven and Seaford), and Elliot Hanson. In the 23 strong Radial fleet Jon Emmett (Weirwood) won the first race from local sailors John Booth and Ben Elwin (Stokes Bay). The three 4.7 started with Radials, Alexander Lee (Pagham) won the first race, from Sam Tweedle (Emsworth) and Ted Blowers (Gunard).
The second race was soon underway with RO starting the standards start sequence as the last few Radials were finishing. The standards once again got away relatively cleanly with just a bit of a pile up on the pin end rib (penalty turns anyone). Elliot Hanson won this race, from Jack Wetherill (Beaver) and Ben Cornish third. The Radials forgot the tide was still taking them over the line and had a general recall, the RO produced the black flag to get them underway, this meant they had a shorter race than the standards. The locals John Booth and Ben Elvin came in first and second with Max Hunt (Whitstable) third. Sam Tweedle in the 4.7 won from Alexander Lee and Ted Blowers.
The third race was once again quickly started even though the course needed shifting slightly. James Gray (Stokes Bay) won the standards last race, with Elliot Hanson second and Matt Reid (Spinnaker) third. Jon Emmett in the Radial fleet won, from John Booth, and Harry Blowers. In the 4.7s Sam Tweedle won again, but Ted Blowers was second and Alexander Lee third.
With no discards consistency was the key. In the standards Elliot Hanson took the victory from Ben Cornish and Alex Mills-Barton. The Radials was won by John Booth, followed by Ben Elvin and John Emmett was third, because of his bad second race. The 4.7's Sam Tweedle won from Alexander Lee and third was Ted Blowers.
The Spinnaker Laser open on the 29th September is the last in the South Coast Grand Prix series and will also host the end of series prize giving. The prizes from the Rooster Sailing range from an Aqua Fleece Pro, a tiller extension down to a pair of sailing socks. There also some nice trophies supplied by the UKLA. If you have done five or more grand prix events this year you qualify for a prize, please come along to collect your prize and enjoy the last south coast grand prix of the year. You will also be entered into the prize draw for a sailing holiday with Wildwind Holidays, to be drawn at Inlands.
The overall standings in the South Coast Grand Prix can be found on the Rooster Sailing website, in the results section.
If your club would like to host a Laser South Coast Grand Prix event in 2013 please email Ian Payne at .
Standard Rig Results:
|1||201853||Elliot Hanson||Homeless SC||3||1||2||6|
|2||200887||Ben Cornish||Exe SC||1||3||7||11|
|3||200490||Alex Mills‑Barton||Newhaven & Seaford SC||2||4||6||12|
|4||201695||James Gray||Stokes Bay SC||5||8||1||14|
|5||202430||Matt Reid||Spinnaker SC||6||5||3||14|
|6||200889||Jack Wetherell||Beaver SC||4||2||9||15|
|7||189671||Nick Harrison||Stokes Bay SC||8||7||5||20|
|8||182979||Tim Pearse||Stokes Bay SC||9||6||8||23|
|9||176568||Jim Fifield||Queen Mary SC||11||12||10||33|
|10||194660||Tobias Hamer||Langstone SC||7||9||19||35|
|11||162806||Nicholas Forster||Spinnaker SC||15||17||4||36|
|12||198960||Valentin Nedyalkov||London Corrinthian SC||12||13||13||38|
|13||203085||Alex Benbow||Stokes Bay SC||10||11||21||42|
|14||197921||Roger O'Gorman||Queen Mary SC||13||10||20||43|
|15||179554||Christopher Spencer||Chichester YC||17||14||12||43|
|16||173385||Nick Martin||Lee‑on‑Solent SC||22||15||11||48|
|17||166550||Ian Payne||Chichester YC||23||16||16||55|
|18||183467||Larry Lawrence||Stokes Bay SC||14||20||23||57|
|19||159451||Adrian Lynham||Stokes Bay SC||16||19||22||57|
|20||163514||Paul Broadway||Spinnaker SC||20||21||17||58|
|21||123680||Peter May||Spinnaker SC||18||22||18||58|
|22||196690||Simon Radford||Bosham SC||21||24||15||60|
|23||133365||Ian Ross||Stokes Bay SC||25||23||14||62|
|24||201918||Nick Ireland||Stokes Bay SC||19||18||26||63|
|25||201717||Phil Beed||Stokes Bay SC||26||25||24||75|
|26||185608||Mike Shepherd||Stokes Bay SC||24||26||25||75|
|27||176319||Nick Eales||Royal Lymington YC||27||27||27||81|
Radial Rig Results:
|1||193455||John Booth||Stokes Bay SC||2||1||2||5|
|2||199861||Ben Elvin||Stokes Bay SC||3||2||4||9|
|3||201509||Jon Emmett||Weir Wood SC||1||12||1||14|
|4||204007||Harry Blowers||Gurnard SC||7||4||3||14|
|5||200520||Max Hunt||Whitstable YC||10||3||6||19|
|6||202176||Daniel Wigmore||Middle Nene||5||9||5||19|
|7||159460||Tom Sully||Stokes Bay SC||4||6||11||21|
|8||201827||Nik Froud||Royal Lymington YC||9||5||7||21|
|9||200510||Ian Gregory||Frensham Pond SC||8||11||8||27|
|10||171989||Alex Geal||Pevensey Bay SC||16||8||10||34|
|11||192463||Niall Peelo||Island SC||12||10||12||34|
|12||201020||Adam Stone||Burghfield SC||13||7||15||35|
|13||173742||Michael Calvert||Salcombe YC||11||18||14||43|
|14||183201||Matthew Hall||Warsash SC||6||17||22||45|
|15||199436||Ross Mackley||Royal Lymington YC||14||22||9||45|
|16||184298||David Paul||Hill Head SC||15||13||19||47|
|17||197494||Ellie Hitchings||Chew Valley Lake SC||17||15||18||50|
|18||198515||Sam Smith||Royal Hospital School||19||21||13||53|
|19||196559||Kerry Morgan||Hill Head SC||18||14||DNC||56|
|21||176839||Lottie Harland||Burghfield SC||21||16||21||58|
|22||202471||Cameron Tweedle||Oxford SC||23||20||17||60|
|23||178684||Cameron Allen||Emsworth SC||20||23||20||63|
4.7 Rig Results:
|1||178210||Sam Tweedle||Emsworth SC||2||1||1||4|
|2||195767||Alexander Lee||Pagham YC||1||2||3||6|
|3||184970||Ted Blowers||Gurnard SC||3||3||2||8|