Please select your home edition
Edition
SailingClothingBargains.com 728x90

Comet Open at Merthyr Tydfil Sailing Club

by Mark Govier on 20 Sep 17 September 2017

We broke the trend! In recent years, we've be plagued by light and fluky winds for this event but this year we were thankful that winds were not too strong following recent storms.

On Sunday we had a northerly wind coming down the centre of the reservoir with just a little east in it to add some spice. This allowed the first race to have a beat of over 1 km, taking the Comet fleet to places on this large water they hadn't been for years.

Race 1

The relatively straight and steady wind allowed everyone to make a well-timed start for the first race. But, Paul Hinde (844, Severn SC) got away first after hovering at the outer mark with everyone else within a couple of boat lengths. However, he didn't carry enough speed over the line so was wind-shadowed by half the fleet within a hundred metres.

Comet Open 2017 Race 1 Start

Posted by Merthyr Tydfil Sailing Club on Tuesday, 19 September 2017

For the first lap-and-a-half Chris Robinson (867, Burghfield SC) led the fleet with the places close behind being exchanged between Peter Mountford (864, Staunton Harold), Chris Hatton (48, Severn SC) and Ben Palmer (597, Baltic Wharf SC). As the race progressed, Chris Hatton gradually crept past the others and led over the line at the finish after 2½ long laps. Chris Robinson held on to second place and Ben Palmer was third over the line. It was a little windier than some had expected so a couple of sailors retired from this race and chose to sail the remainder of the event with the shorter Xtra rig.

We then returned to shore for a lunch break.

Race 2

During lunch, the wind had dropped slightly so there was less likelihood of planning conditions. This first manifested itself in a slightly more strung out start, but this time Kahla Delahay (165, Merthyr Tydfil SC) got away first. However, Chris Hatton was quickly upwind of her and taking the lead up the slightly shortened beat and across the reach. Chris Robinson was close behind with third, fourth and fifth places being exchanged between Dave Harris (841, Severn SC), John Coppenhall (532, Hunts SC) and Ben Palmer. The wind was dropping and becoming patchy towards the end of the race but Chris Hatton managed to finish about a minute ahead of Chris Robinson and Ben Palmer around thirty seconds later. Some of the fleet, myself included took as much as five further minutes to cross the line.

Race 3

In the third race, the fleet was less straggly but Ben Palmer got away promptly at the outer mark, yet no one was more than a couple of boat lengths back. However, Dave Harris managed to get clear ahead of the fleet having started towards the back but with good momentum; a lesson there. As the wind was now light we only managed a lap-and-a-half of the course with Dave Harris managing to stay ahead all the way round once he'd got in front. Second place was taken by Chris Hatton with Ben Palmer managing to hold on to third place.

Thanks go out to the organisers, caterers and safety boat crew and all who helped on the day, even trolley dollies are appreciated on a congested slipway.

Overall Results:

PosHelmSai lNoRigClubR1R2R3Pts
1Chris Hatton48CometSevern SC1122
2Chris Robinson867CometBurghfield SC2264
3Dave Harris841CometSevern SC7516
4Ben Palmer597CometBaltic Wharf SC3336
5Kahla Delahay165CometMerthyr Tydfil SC4959
6Henry Jaggers800XtraBeer SCRtd6410
7John Coppenhall532CometHunts SC84711
8Peter Mountford864Xtra (White)Staunton Harold57DNS12
9Paul Hinde844CometSevern SC610DNS16
10John Sturgeon400XtraHawley LakeRtd8816
11Mark Govier460CometMerthyr Tydfil SC911918
12Andy Phillips694CometMerthyr Tydfil SC10121020
13Adrian Ambrozewicz468*CometMerthyr Tydfil SC13131326

Related Articles

Noble Marine Comet Championship
28 helms race at Attenborough SC Twenty visitors joined eight local members to sail the Noble Marine Comet Championship at Attenborough SC. Saturday was sunny with light winds but with no change forecast. Posted on 31 Aug
Comets at Cransley
Many happy faces at the end of the day Sometimes you get to sail on a "perfect storm" day in conditions that suit nearly all with a great bunch of like minded folk, with good courses, good food and with everyone still smiling and happy at the end. The Cransley Comet Open was one such day! Posted on 1 Aug
Noble Marine Comet Nationals
23 helms take part at Burghfield There were twenty four entries for the Comet Nationals, sponsored by Noble Marine, at Burghfield Sailing Club over the bank holiday weekend, 27-29th May 2017. Posted on 31 May
Comets at Winsford Flash
Sixteen enthusiastic sailors take part Sixteen enthusiastic sailors arrived from far and wide to compete, best of two races from three, for the Winsford Flash Open Meeting Comet trophy, eight visitors and eight home boats. Posted on 25 May
Comets at Attenborough
Fleet of 17 race on Saturday The fleet got away in a stiff breeze with just the one boat over the line at the gun. Chris Hatton was first to the windward mark and soon pulled out a strong lead from Eddie Pope and Bob Dodds. Posted on 14 May
Comets at Fishers Green
Sailing in the picturesque Lea Valley Park The Comet class made their regular visit to Fishers Green SC in the picturesque Lea Valley Park on Saturday 6th May as part of their Southern Area series and were joined by the Phantom class as a recent event on their Eastern Area series. Posted on 9 May
Comet, Supernova and Comet Trio Open
Intergalactic phenomenon at Sutton Bingham Sounds like some intergalactic phenomenon but no, it was three classes of sailing dinghy competing on the reservoir at Sutton Bingham just outside Yeovil last weekend. Posted on 2 May
Comets at Burghfield
Sailing alongside the Streakers and Solos Burghfield Sailing Club's Comet Open took place on Saturday 22nd April. Sixteen helms arrived to find a light, but variable wind. This varied in both strength and direction, with calm spots appearing and then disappearing across the water. Posted on 24 Apr
Comets at Staunton Harold
Wind fills in nicely after a round of bacon butties Early arrivals at SHSC were met with a mirror finish on the reservoir but as boats were rigged and bacon butties eaten, the wind filled in nicely to present conditions that were not too challenging for the twenty one competitors. Posted on 18 Nov 2016
Comets at Littleton
A packed day's racing for the 18 participants Littleton Sailing Club was delighted to host a Comet Class Association, with 18 participants arriving for a packed day's racing. After a grey, cold and rainy Saturday, the weather on Sunday was excellent but lacking in wind. Posted on 23 Sep 2016