Please select your home edition
Edition
Barton Marine 2019 728x90
Product Feature
Gill Pro Hikers (DG4923)
Gill Pro Hikers (DG4923)

Solo Open at Draycote Water Sailing Club

by Jeremy Atkins 13 Jun 2010 14:27 BST 12 June 2010

22 Solos gathered to do battle for the annual Solo open Meeting at Draycote on Saturday 12th June. A good northerly breeze was blowing when the organisers arrived at the Club, but by the time the competitors had gathered for the briefing it had declined somewhat.

On the water for the first race, while adequate in strength, it was clearly going to be very shifty, with varying pressure across the race course. Up the first beat, it looked as though those who had gone right were sitting pretty until a gust bought 3 boats in from the left.

On the first reach of the Olympic course, Stuart Bush got into the lead, followed by Jeremy Atkins, but with some usual suspects stuck in the pack. These two held their positions for virtually all the race until Neil Wilkinson fought his way to the front of the chasing pack and then took Jeremy right at the end of the final run. In the short beat to the finish, Neil also managed to just pip past Stuart to take the race.

The wind died during lunch, but was reasonable by the start of the second race. Most of the fleet thought it was a starboard biased line again, but two boats chose to start on port and crossed the fleet. Jeremy Atkins led at the first mark, but was soon overtaken by Chris Brown. Jeremy got to the front again, but saw a healthy lead all but evaporate on the run as the wind died completely and then eventually filled in from behind. He just managed to round the leeward mark in the lead, but Chris Brown was now close behind and passed him up the beat. These positions were held to the finish. David Liddington finished third.

The wind then died completely, filled in from a different direction, and went back to the original one. Race officer Chris Avery moved the course and then set it back again before starting the sequence. Close to the start, the wind shifted again, leaving the line difficult to cross on starboard and the first mark reachable on port.

Chris Brown tacked onto port too early and encouraged David Liddington to do the same. Chris Brown realised he was over and went back, but David Liddington did not and was advised at the first mark. Meanwhile, first race winner, Neil Wilkinson, led round the first mark, closely followed by Jeremy Atkins. These two got clear away as the reach got tighter and turned into a beat for many of the following boats.

Neil and Jeremy held these positions to the end, with Neil pulling into a convincing lead, giving him the meeting. Behind them, Chris Brown had caught up to third place, which would have given him second overall until Stuart Bush passed him up the final full beat and held it down the run and on the final short beat to the finish.

It was a day of inconsistency, with only one boat getting 3 results in the top 7, but there is no doubt that Neil Wilkinson mastered the conditions and was a worthy winner.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3Pts
14628Neil WilkinsonShustoke11012
24860Jeremy AtkinsDraycote Water3224
35091Chris BrownRYA8145
44848Stuart BushShustoke2835
54605David LiddingtonRugby & Daventry63DNC9
65090Nigel DaviesDraycote Water513510
74843Hannah ShowellShustoke415711
84646Ian FirthNotts County941213
94969Ant ClayDraycote WaterDNC6814
104878Keith LancasterRugb y & Daventry771014
114205Mike GrayFishers Green109615
124877Mike BykeMidland2051520
135001Ian HarridgeNantwich14DNC923
144481D McCreaDraycote Water12121123
154186Kevin HopkinsMidland17111324
164399John ColemanDraycote Water11161927
174890David CurdChase15191429
184487Richard SiggersShustoke1317DNC30
193814Sue McCreaDraycote Water18141630
205061Nick ThorntonBartley16181733
214274Norman ClarkRugby & Daventry19DNC1837
224643Richard NeighbourMidland21202040

Related Articles

Leigh & Lowton Tipsy Icicle Week 2
Turnout increases with 80 boats out on the water The number of competitors increased for the second Sunday of the Tipsy Icicle Series at Leigh & Lowton Sailing Club. The forecast of moderate winds down the flash must have got the 80 boats out of bed in the morning. Posted on 15 Jan
Leigh & Lowton Tipsy Icicle Week 1
70 entries make for some great competition 70 entries for the first Sunday of the Tipsy Icicle Series at Leigh & Lowton Sailing Club made for some great competition across all the fleets. Posted on 8 Jan
Salcombe Yacht Club Festive Series
From 30 knot gusts to flat calm The first Saturday of the Christmas recess marks the opening race of the Salcombe Yacht Club Festive Series. Posted on 5 Jan
Leigh & Lowton Revett Series overall
Closely fought with all fleets finalising series results only on the last day This year 51 boats took part in the Leigh & Lowton Revett Series - five Sundays from early November to early December. This was despite a very challenging series with no weather with the "normal" range of wind conditions throughout the series. Posted on 10 Dec 2019
Salcombe Yacht Club Winter Series Race 6
Debate before departing the slipway on the etymology of eponymous Such being the way of things, the debate before departing the slipway at Batson for a promising race on Saturday morning, centred upon the etymology of the adjective: "eponymous". Posted on 9 Dec 2019
National Solo Round Up 2019
Month-by-month account of an eventful and entertaining year It has been another eventful and entertaining year for the National Solo Class, below I have cherry-picked some of the highlights. Posted on 5 Dec 2019
Chichester YC Frozen Toe Series day 3
A beautiful day with sunshine and brisk force 4 to 5 northerly wind A beautiful day with sunshine and brisk force 4 to 5 northerly wind greeted the 50 competitors who arrived at Chichester Yacht Club for their winter series. Posted on 2 Dec 2019
South West Water Pursuit Race at Salcombe
An opportunity to display water-starting skills It has become a tradition for Salcombe Yacht Club dinghy racers to compete in the South West Water Pursuit Race on the day of the annual prize-giving supper. Posted on 1 Dec 2019
Salcombe Yacht Club Winter Series Race 5
Will not go down as a classic in the memory of anyone Race 5 of the Salcombe Yacht Club's Winter series will not go down as a classic in the memory of either competitors or anyone unfortunate enough to be watching. Posted on 25 Nov 2019
Chichester YC Frozen Toe Series day 2
Two more dates to go, and all are welcome to join in CYC held the second of its Frozen Toe winter series on Sunday. The tide times allowed the competitors a good lie-in as racing started at 1245. The temperatures were notably cooler than the week before, with a northerly direction to the wind. Posted on 19 Nov 2019