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British Moth Open at Staines Sailing Club

by Mark Collyer 2 Sep 2003 12:52 BST 31st August 2003

Brilliant sunshine and fitful breeze greeted visitors from seven clubs who joined the home contingent for the fifth round of the Somerville Travellers trophy.

Adam Baxter (Desborough) made the best start in the first race but was caught on the second lap by club mate Richard Broughton, Fenella Gass (Bristol Avon) broke clear of her tussle with Tim Hogan (Welwyn G.C.) to pass Baxter on the line leaving Hogan fourth and Gary Tomkins (Staines) fifth.

The second race followed the pattern set by the first, but this time Baxter held on to second, with Ed Chaplin (Litteton) a fighting third with Hogan fourth and Tomkins fifth again, With even less wind for the final race Broughton opted out and Chaplin crept up the Surrey bank to establish an unassailable lead and second place overall, followed at a distance by Gary Tomkins, Gass, Tina Hardyment (Medley) and Mark Collyer (Chippenham).

With Broughton and Chaplin taking the top two places Baxter was third despite a retirement in the final race leaving Gass fourth and Tompkins fifth. Despite the trying conditions the home clubs’ race management was superb and their hospitality was as warm as the weather.

Overall Results:

PosBoat TypeSail NoBoat NameHelmClubPts
1st B. Moth 798 Grey dagger Richard Broughton Desborough 
2nd B.Moth 797 Betchacannacatchme Ed Chaplin Littleton 
3rd B.Moth 810 Headache Adam Baxter Desborough 
4th B.Moth 812 Shwarzeneggar Fenella Gass Bristol Avon 
5th B.Moth 783 Lappet Gary Tompkins Staines 

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