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Topper Travellers at Bury Lake Young Mariners

by Craig Johnson 13 May 2007 19:25 BST 13 May 2007

On Sunday 13th May, 24 toppers arrived at BLYM for their annual Topper Traveller Open Meeting. The wind was light but forecast to increase, but more of a disappointment was the persistent rain.

Eventually the wind increased and settled as forecast to allow the first race to get underway cleanly and on time. There was constant changing of positions in the front of the fleet, but eventually Matt Rivers stretched an impressive lead on the fleet to take the bullet followed by James Patience and Graham Rivers.

After a break for lunch and some more rain, the second race began on the second attempt after a general recall. Alex Hall had a storming first lap leading the fleet, but eventually dropped to 8th by the finish. Annabel Cattermole also had an amazing first lap coming round in 5th but couldn’t hold onto it and finished 18th. The race was won by James Patience and Matt Rivers recovered from 10th to take the second spot followed by Graham Rivers.

Race 3 started with two individual recalls, but the offenders came back to re-cross the line. Graham Rivers lead the race for 3 laps, but couldn’t quite hold it and ended up in 2nd position to Matt Rivers. Ashley Greenall made recovered from 12th to finish 7th – A very good race result for his first ever regatta.

With the wind dropping and the rain set in, the fourth race was cancelled. Consequently, there was no discard awarded so all three races counted towards the overall result.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3Pts
1st44413Matt RiversLeigh on Sea SC1214
2nd45315James PatienceNBYC2136
3rd44723Graham RiversLeigh on Sea SC3328
4th32601Ian GillWembly SC55515
5th45362Matt BrushwoodEmberton Park66416
6th36631Edward RobertsNHEBSC74617
7th43227Harry Wright 47920
8th45125Adem IkibirogluBLYM8111029
9th45850Alex HallStewartby1081230
10th5832Ashley GreenallFairlands159731
11th44801Bryony Bennet-LloydHickling Broard1613837
12th46109Rhiannon MassemGrafham13141138
13th31919Charlotte HowardStewartby14121642
14th45000Rebecca PatienceGrafham91025 DNF44
15th42958Demetria OsmondBLYM12161745
16th45807Tom BucktroutGrafham Waters11201546
17th44035Annabel CattermoleStanbourgh20181351
18th42685Karen BartonBLYM18191451
19th1Ruth KitchingFairlands Valley19151852
20thunmarked white sailAndy MunfordStevanage22172160
21stxOlivia BreezeFairlands21212062
22nd42954Elizabeth TalbotBLYM172225 DNF64
23rd44710Sami IkibirogluBLYM23241966
24th44708Harry IkibirogluBLYM242325 DNF72

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