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Ocean Elements 2018

Comet open meeting at Littleton Sailing Club

by Daniel Goodman 22 Sep 2015 21:12 BST 13 September 2015
Race 1 start at the Littleton Comet Open © Clive Cherry

Twenty boats enjoyed four races in light shifty winds that provided four different race winners and tight racing throughout the fleet.

The first race start line was a little short but the fleet got away cleanly. National champion Eddie Pope seemed to have great speed and led away until a lack of wind allowed the chasing bunch to catch and overtake him. Tim O'Toole led from here until the gun, in a shortened two lap race. Great close racing resulted in several photo finishes including a group of six that finished within seconds of each other.

Race two and the breeze allowed the full distance to be sailed. It was Pope who led from start to finish with young Chris Hatton (competing in his first open away from his home club on the River Severn) pulling through to take second.

After a fairly short lunch break the course was re-laid to account for a swing in the wind that as usual only lasted until the sequence had started! Luckily for the race officer the wind swung back half way up the first beat and O'Toole led again after heading to the left of the course. O'Toole's lead was short lived however, with Steve Lemmon overtaking and fighting off Hatton to eventually win the race.

A quick shuffle of the buoys yet again and race four started with it all to play for. The shifts were still there and this time the breeze was starting to die, though producing the biggest gusts of the day. Once again O'Toole had a great start and led at the first mark, but by the third mark the lightweight Hatton had over hauled him and proceeded to do a horizon job on everyone. The rest of the fleet were having some great battles, although the wind was not kind to many leaving half of them sitting in no wind while the leaders raced away producing a spread out fleet.

At the end of the day it was the consistent results of young Chris Hatton that gave him the very well deserved overall title, and with this having been the first open event of his sailing career, there is little doubt that his name will be one to watch in the future!

With only one DNF all day everyone enjoyed their racing and good socializing afterwards helped by a free afternoon tea. The Comet fleet is friendly, with good fair racing and a big open circuit. So if you are too small for a Laser and would like a small light boat that is a bit more comfortable, why not try a Comet!

Overall Results:

PositionSail NoHelmR1R2R3R4Pts
1st48Hatton Chris‑82215
2nd805Lemmon Stephen2‑7158
3rd804Pope Eddie‑51438
4th532Coppenhall John64‑8212
5th597Palmer Ben43‑11613
6th800Jaggers Henry38‑9415
7th84Ettenshank Michael‑963817
8th867Robinson Chris757‑919
9th666O'Toole Tim1‑1313721
10th801Welham Brian1195‑1225
11th480Underwood Malcolm10106(DNF)26
12th323Walter Annette1311‑161034
13th212Sandell Ian16‑17101137
14th400Sturgeon John141212‑1838
15th611Walter Phil1215‑171542
16th57Gregory Steve15‑18151444
17th168Watson Andrea‑1919141649
18th520Lamb Ros1714‑201950
19th470Price Nick‑1816181751
20th639Todd Alistair‑2020191352