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Scorpion Open at Bough Beech Sailing Club

by Hannah Buchanan on 10 Apr 8-9 April 2017
Scorpions at Bough Beech © BBSC

Eleven Scorpions turned up to a sunny and picturesque Bough Beech reservoir for a weekend of racing in round 1 of the Scorpion South-East championship. The weather forecast was light and very light but the local race officer was undeterred and proposed short-course windward leeward racing for the first day. This proved to be an inspired decision allowing highs and lows of the fluky conditions to even out over a total of five races on Saturday.

The start lines were congested with either end being heavily biased in alternate races (something to do with the regular 30 degree wind shifts). Drama Queen (Janet and Alan) found them-selves OCS at the end of the first race where Tough Screw (Alan and Forbes) set a president for the rest of the weekend by slipping steadily away through impressive light wind boat speed. Simon and Elliot in 2003 recorded their best result of the weekend and came in 2nd.

This pattern continued in race two but a big left shift in race three mixed things up considerably with Big Bad Wolf (Baz and Linda) picking the right side of the beat and staying clear of Little Red Hen (Rachel and Alex) and Zephyr (Malcolm and Richard) to become the only boat other than Tough Screw to win a race.

Start line shenanigans meant 11 became 10 for races four and five, where normal service resumed for Tough screw, with Big bad Wolf, Little Red Hen and Blue Steal (Hannah and Ryan) fighting it out for the minor places.

Sunday was meant to be windier but the competitors were greeted by the same light and patchy conditions that had been enjoyed on Saturday. However, the enthusiasm to get on the water from the locals finally filtered through to the Scorpion sailors and thankfully the wind picked up before race 1.

Three 'proper' races using a 'P' course followed. Tough Screw was again in a different league but there was a very close game of snakes and ladders behind with patchy breeze and numerous shifts. Overall Tough Screw was untouchable in 1st, Little Red Hen and Blue Steal were 2nd and 3rd respectively.

The Scorpion fleet would like to extend a big thank you to the race team for managing to run successful racing in such tricky conditions and to Baz and Linda for putting almost everyone up and providing catering from El Bazo's Pizzeria.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8Pts
12034Alan KrailingSimon Forbes111‑411117
22023Rach RhodesAlex Hayman32‑52332217
32028Ryan BuchananHannah Buchanan4328223(DNC)24
42024Barry WolfendenLinda Wolfenden6431‑774328
52003Simon GillowElliot Marks279‑10458540
62019John MursellMel Titmus7‑10105645441
72008Chris SwinchattNicky Marsh56778‑96746
82001Malcolm JamesRichard Eperon(OCS)5835810847
91957Paul GraceAlex Reindorp‑9949967953
101959Chris YatesDave Barker8‑116610109655
112005Janet RitchieAlan Ritchie(OCS)8DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC80
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