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ISO Open at Datchet Water Sailing Club

by Bob Ladell / Luke Draper 16 Mar 2008 20:39 GMT 8-9 March 2008

March winds welcomed the ISOs and Laser 4000s to Datchet for the first event of the 2008 season.

The first start saw Cousin Trestec smartly off the 18 strong line in a building F4 hotly pursued by the rest of the fleet. Should it be up the bank – or out to the middle? Dry & Calm opted for the middle, Cousin Trestec, RWO and newcomers Neil and Nick in 1195 opted to go right. The top mark saw Dry & Calm and Cousin Trestec just in the lead. Little difference going left or right. There was going to be no margin for error. Up with the kites and the F5 kicked in! 1195 pulled through and took the lead up the next beat. The new guys had been practicing – and held the lead to take the first race over Cousin Trestec. And RWO ? The Lindleys were much too keen - and OCS.

Start two and the wind was still building. 1195 and Cousin Trestec were fighting it out for the first mark, tacking to take the lead and first mistake. Splash - and all three competitors eventually crawled by handing the lead to 1195, which they held – again – despite the awesome sustained gusts enabling Cousin Trestec to claw back much of the lost ground in behind RWO.

The wind was still full on for race three. But what was this ? Only three boats ? Lame Lindley DNC. More changes all the way up the beat followed by even more awesome blasting back to the leeward mark. Another swim allowed 1195 the lead for the third time of the day making it a fairly close 1, 2, 3. An excellent day making up for a large part of last seasons poor winds.

Sunday started a lot more quietly enabling the lighter weight crews on RWO and Dry & Calm to show some form, the heavyweights in 1195 bringing up a creditable 4th – joined by three more ISOs for the day.

Race 5 and the skies darkened. Could it be a repeat of yesterday ? Another prompt start saw hot competition for the first mark. RWO took it just before the squall kicked in and shot everyone off on another blast to the leeward mark. Dry & Calm exercising some tactics on Cousin Trestec to push them well down wind. A two sail reach back to the mark made up some of the distance but nevertheless line honours went to RWO closely followed by Dry & Calm.

In the final race the leaders again shot off swapping places all the way. RWO took the day to give them 3rd overall – Neil and Nick in 1195 being the most consistent of the weekend to win the event. Well done guys – good to see some newcomers waking up the fleet !

With thanks to some first class direction for Datchet’s Race Officer, really nice and quick turn around between races. Look out for the multitude of photos taken by one of the Datchet rescue team – who stood by in the harsh but exciting conditions.

Next event 26th / 27th April at Isle of Sheppey, not forgetting the TASA event at KGSC on 12th and 13th April. Come on down, the racing is fun!

Overall Results:

PosSail NoBoat NameHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
11195 Neil AshbyNick LettBewl Water SC1114328
21207Dry & CalmIan MossEllie DaltonWhitefriars SC32322312
31013Team RWOPete LindleyAnnie LindleyDowns SC83811114
4814Cousin TrestecBob LadellLuke DraperKing George SC24234415
51022Concept SailsRob HowlettBarry NewportRYA88855531
6949BigglesDave SkinnerAndrew SkinnerDatchet Water SC88866634
7641 Eammon O'KellyKate O'KellyDatchet Water SC88877838

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