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Laser Grand Prix Open at Bury Lake Young Mariners

by Craig Johnson 4 Mar 2008 07:29 GMT 2 March 2008

With the weather near perfect; sunny, windy and warm (for early March anyway!), it must be time for the Bury Lake Young Mariners Laser Grand Prix Open Meeting. With the wind fairly constant and in a good direction for the lake, setting the course was simple and allowed the event to begin on time.

The first race started with around 12 knots of wind. This enabled Toby Linnell (BLYM) in a radial to stay ahead of the full rigs of Edward Harrison (Waldringfield SC) and Gary Bullock (W.S.C) for the first 4 laps. As the wind moderated slightly however, Linnell slipped to 3rd. Harrison and Bullock had a short tussle after which Bullock got the win with Harrison in second.

Race 2 begun with a hard fought start, after which Bullock and Harrison assumed their usual positions of 1st and 2nd respectively. Paul Knight (BLYM) finished the first lap in 3rd, but was soon caught by Linnell who took his place leaving Knight to take 4th.

The first 4 boats maintained their consistent form in the third race which ended Bullock, Harrison, Linnell, Knight in 1,2,3,4 respectively. At this point in the regatta, James Barton (BLYM) and Chris Paterson (BLYM) were tying on points for 5th overall. Critically, Barton finished ahead of Paterson in this race which handed him 5th position overall on count back. Sam Flint (HYDRS) put in a good performance to pinch 5th spot, but it was too little too late to move her up the leader board.

At the end of the day, Gary Bullock took the overall regatta win and first Standard. Edward Harrison took 2nd overall and the first youth trophy. Toby Linnell was 3rd overall and first Radial. The first Lady trophy went to Sam Flint.

Overall Results:

PosHelmRigSail NoClubR1R2R3Pts
1Gary BullockS174569W.S.C1112
2Edward HarrisonS160532Waldringfield SC2224
3Toby LinnellR182537BLYM3336
4Paul KnightS16BLYM4448
5James BartonR5BLYM155611
6Chris PatersonR182530BLYM56711
7Richard DixonR162786Marconi SC67913
8Sam FlintR142236BLYM158513
9Mike HermanR182535R.S.C811816
10James HamiltonR182528BLYM991118
11Dave LangstonR182532BLYM7121219
12Mark GardenerR42007BLYM10101020
13Dee Osmond4.710BLYM11131324
14Ollie Smith4.712BLYM12141626

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