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Leader Dinghy National Championship at Reading Sailing Club - Day 1

by Paul Robson 5 Sep 2015 23:38 BST 5-6 September 2015
Race 1 on day 1 of the Leader Dinghy National Championship at Reading © Paul Robson

With a Northerly wind of 8-10 knots the practice race got underway just after lunch, this gave everyone a chance to find their bearings on the lake and see who had the form. 1196 helmed by Sally & Mike Newlove won the race with a commanding lead, and left others realising that they had to up their game.

Second was taken by half a boat length at the line by 1083 Chris & Jane Wharmby from 1128 Nev Robson & Issy Jenkins. Whilst the local favourite of 273 Newton Anthony and Bob Lovell had a great start they finished well down the fleet with work to be done.

Race 1 got underway with 1130 Roger & Sybil Morse taking the lead at the windward mark just ahead of 273 Newton & Bob. At the leeward mark 1130 had pulled out a lead, but 273 were keeping in contact. 1196 Sally was the leading lady helm and continued to show good pace.

On lap 2 the windward mark became light and shifty allowing 1083 Chris & Jane to move up into second place. Whilst on the run 1214 Ben & Ben Rickards decided to show everyone their skills and launched the spinnaker. Lap 3 saw the breeze return and 1214 gained 2 places on the run moving up to 5th. The final beat was a great tussle between 1083 Chis and 273 Newton.

Final positions: 1st 1130 Roger & Sybil, 2nd 1083 Chris & Jane, 3rd 273 Newton & Bob.

Following a leisurely break ashore for tea, cakes, beer and tuning tips the fleet returned to the water for Race 2 and a new course.

Due to a large wind shift the first start was postponed to relay the start line and first mark and then the fleet were away. Unfortunately 273 Newton & Bob were OCS and failed to return, and not realising their error continued to race.

1083 Chris & Jane had pulled out a commanding lead at the end of Lap 1 which would make it hard to be caught, but 1128 Nev & Issy were chasing. Lap 2 saw close racing on the reaches and runs between 1128, 1130, 273 and 1214 with gains and losses as boats came back together at the leeward mark.

Into lap 3 and 1083 were pulling out a larger lead as the following pack of 4 boats continued to jostle for positions and gains were seen by those heading to the left of the course coming back upwind to the lapping gate.

Part-way through lap 4 the wind strength backed off to 3-4 knots and the light wind specialists came through and others dropped back. As the wind suddenly increased and backed through 45 degrees this caught out 1196 Sally & Mike who were mid penalty turns and ended up with a quick swim.

1083 Chris & Jane finished well ahead of the fleet in first, followed by 273 Newton & Bob who were OCS, leaving 1214 Ben & Ben to take second from 1130 Roger & Sybil in third.

Results after day 1:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2Pts
1st1083Chris WharmbyJane WharmbyMilton Keynes SC213
2nd1130Roger MorseSybil MorseWelwyn Garden City SC134
3rd1214Ben RickardsBen Goulding‑RickardsHickling Broad527
4th1128Nev RobsonIssy JenkinsReading SC6410
5th1196Sally NewloveMike NewloveReading SC4610
6th273Newton AnthonyBob LovellReading SC3OCS12
7th1260Hugh LeachHadey LinesReading SC7512
8th1254Tracey ThompsonAmy ThompsonReading SC8715