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P&B RS Tera Open at Great Moor Sailing Club

by Emily Davis on 9 Oct 7 October 2017
P&B RS Tera Open at Great Moor © Emily Davis

Twenty-seven home and travelling Tera Sailors descended upon the breezy shores of Great Moor Sailing Club this weekend for the third P&B Great Moor Tera Open. With a forecast of 14 knots with gusts of 28 it was set to be a challenging day for all sailors, some never having experienced Great Moor's interesting shifts and others having their first open event.

After bacon rolls and a briefing from the Race Officer Roger Blake, sailors were eagerly awaiting the launch signal; a short postponement whilst the course was adjusted for the latest shift in the wind allowed time for one sailor to have a spare boat rigged when he discovered his was broken! All launched together and made their way to the start.

The Pro fleet started and it was a very tight battle throughout the fleet with much place changing going on; Fergus Pye of Draycote Water eventually taking the win with local sailor Alastair Brown in second and Ralph Nevile (Frensham Pond) coming in third. In race two, Ralph recovered his form in shifty conditions to take the win from Alastair, Fergus in third.

In the Sports, with a busy start line of 17 boats, all were clear on race 1 with Alice Davis (Great Moor) having a great start and pulling away from the fleet on the first beat. Extending her lead throughout the race she was well clear of Max Steele (Welsh Harp SC) in second, and Tristan Ahlheid (Frensham Pond) in third. Race two saw Alice in a similar position this time Tristan taking second and Max in third place. A mast breakage was well managed by Louie Dean of Frensham and the safety team; a spare mast kindly being loaned by another family enabled Louie to continue for the rest of the day.

Coming in for a hot lunch to refuel with the log burner providing much enjoyed warmth, the sailors were soon raring to go again for two more races. The conditions had built during lunch and some of the gusts were quite interesting!

In the Pro fleet the racing continued to be very close and exciting to watch with Ralph taking the bullet; Alastair Brown fighting through the pack and making the most of a near capsize by Fergus yards from the finish line, giving him the second place and Fergus third. Race 4 saw the wind drop off but there were still some monster gusts catching people out. Ralph maintained his form to take first place and the event, club mate Tom Ahlheid in his first event in the Pro in second and Fergus making third.

The Sport Fleet (by now a little depleted) suffered a general recall after being rather too keen, Alice repeating her performance in the morning and pulling away up the beat, Tristan in second and Imogen Wade of Northampton SC having a great race and coming in third. Race 4 saw Alice once more pull away with Tristan and newcomer to the Fleet Ella McWilliam of Royal SouthernYC taking third place.

Coming off the water the parents did a great job of speedily putting the boats on roofs and trailers, a protest hearing was held (but not upheld by the Protest Committee) and hot dogs and cakes were served in time for the prize giving. With prizes generously donated by P&B happy sailors left the club and returned home. Thanks go to P&B for prizes, Great Moor Sailing Club for holding the event and all the volunteers who gave up their time to make it happen.

The next National Tera Event is the End of Seasons at Draycote Water, 28-9 October. There will be a regatta fleet at this event for those new to fleet racing, with coached racing on a separate course. Entry can be made through the RS Tera Website here.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4Pts
Sport Fleet
1st798Alice DavisGreat Moor SC‑11113
2nd1874Tristan AhlheidFrensham‑32226
3rd2644Max SteeleWelsh Harp SC235‑610
4th2764Tom Stratton BrownFrensham‑746414
5th3262imogen WadeNorthampton SC663‑1015
6th2392Oliver Stratton BrownFrensham4‑107516
7th2136Ella McWilliamRoyal Southern YC‑888319
8th2941Akira BlackahWelsh Harp SC10‑124721
9th943Adelicia LavenderFelpham‑1499826
10th3038Abigail LarrNorthampton SC‑12711927
11th2305Freddie SunderlandOlton Mere55(DNC)DNC29
12th2987Thomas HumphreyNorthampton SC‑1311101233
13th1763finlay lomas clarkeFrensham1113(DNC)1135
14th2121Louie DeanFrensham9(DNF)12DNC40
15th2081Lucy MoGreat Moor SC1614(DNF)DNC49
16th3250Oscar ShepherdGreat Moor SC1515(DNC)DNC49
17th2085AviGreat Moor SC1716(DNF)DNC52
18th2378sam StubbsGreat Moor SC18(DNF)DNCDNC56
Pro Fleet
1st2369Ralph NevileFrensham Pond‑31113
2nd2842Alastair BrownGreat Moor SC222‑56
3rd1693Fergus PyeDraycote Water SC1‑3337
4th1880Tom AhlheidFrensham Pond‑655212
5th2391Luke AnsteyFrensham Pond‑444412
6th2162William SunderlandOlton Mere SC56‑7617
7th2171Carys AttwellRutland SC7‑86720
8th2381Sam BradshawEmsworth‑878823
9th2378Connor ShrimptonGreat Moor SC‑999927

Endeavour

Connor Shrimpton (Great Moor SC)
Thomas Humphrey (Northampton SC)

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