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Draycote Dash at Draycote Water Sailing Club

by Steve Bolland 28 Feb 2012 06:22 GMT 25-26 February 2012

Despite the harbingers of doom suggesting that the unseasonal low water levels and a paucity of wind would make the second running of the Draycote Dash not worth the effort, 80 crews disagreed and were awarded with an exceedingly well run and enjoyable event. There were excellent turnouts of B14s, Phantoms and Blazes with competitors travelling from as far afield as Cornwall, Kent and Scotland.

Sunshine and around 10 knots of breeze on Saturday left everyone with smiles on their faces as they returned to shore after 5, yes 5, back-to-back races of around 30 minutes each. Now, I don’t normally have a problem with back-to-back races but it’s clearly an ageist measure aimed at disadvantaging us older types. We have weaker bladders see.

In an effort to not disadvantage the slower boats, unlike the older sailors, races were run in flights of fast, medium and slow boats starting at 3 minute intervals but with the elapsed times combined. It worked well and it was the medium and slow boats who headed the leader board by the end of play on Saturday – Steve Bolland in an RS300 leading from Charlie Cumbley in a Phantom, Peter Gray & Rachael Rhodes in a Scorpion and Stuart & Nick Hydon in a Lark.

With Charlie electing (sensibly?) not to sail on the Sunday it was left to the other protagonists to fight it out over one more handicap race and a final pursuit race in breezes substantially less than on Saturday. The handicap race was a slow boat benefit after the fast and medium flights started in next to no wind which then turned on just as the slow boats started. Jon Clarke, from the home club, in a Solo won easily on handicap, finishing amongst many much faster boats on the water. The first medium boat came 15th and the first fast 24th. C’est la vie as they say in Warwickshire.

Back in for lunch – a chance to empty the bladders and let the wind fill in and steady a bit. With the pursuit race being double points scoring and non-discardable it was anyone’s guess who would win the event overall. As luck would have it, or not if you were one of the later starters, the pursuit race was run in a dying breeze. Clarke had another good result but it was not enough to trouble the overall leaders. The Hydons won the final race and with it the event. Second overall were Gray and Rhodes counting a top ten result in the pursuit. Bolland could only manage a 19th in the pursuit, dropping him to third overall, but first singlehander on countback from Simon Hawkes in a Phantom.

The Dash was the final event in the Sailjuice series. Now handicap racing may not be everyone’s cup of tea but it’s clearly the way to go over the winter period when fleet racing is at its nadir. With close to 850 entries over the five events it’s a popular choice. Roll on next year.

Many thanks to the huge number of helpers from Draycote, some visible, some less so, who made the event such a success.

Loads more photos on the 'Photo Gallery' tab below and on Malcolm Lewin's website at www.malcolmlewinphotography.co.uk

Overall Results:

PosBoat TypeHelmCrewSail NoClubPYR1R2R3R4R5R6PursuitPts
1LarkStuart HydonNick Hydon25Shustoke Sailing Club10736-148334226
2ScorpionPeter GrayRachael Rhodes2013SHSC1053-51744121634
3RS300Steve Bolland 411Bristol Corinthian Yacht Club100021155-273852
4PhantomSimon Hawkes 1378Wimbleball Sailing Club10159133147-15652
5LaserIan Morgan 188781Hill Head Sailing Club1118(BFD)4142482456
6BlazeNick Miller 757Morecambe And Heysham Yacht Club10264172913-201459
7EnterpriseAlan JohnsonPaula Fisher19876SCyc & Ssc113021013-3629SCP892
8LarkSteve HallSimon Haighton2530RCYC1073425-31127113695
9SoloJon Clarke 4748Draycote Water Sailing Club116314232635(DNC)14103
10PhantomTim Andrews 1375Brancaster Staithe Sailing Club101512(DSQ)620173122108
11OspreyMike PickeringMike Priddle1348Restronguet Sailing Club94015532626-5426110
12Merlin RocketDave WadeBen Rayner3732Northampton Sailing Club990-2812191062640113
13RS400Jasper BarnhamGraham Sexton1275Snettisham Beach Sailing Club9491111-2921182430115
14FireballSam MettamRichard Anderton15065Royal Naval Sailing Association970-71371594846128
15RS600Peter Nelson 920Northampton Sailing Club92017611137-4584156
16ChallengerVal Millward 257Rutland Sailing Club117419-413538401418164
17OspreyJames RusdenRobin Toozs-Hobson1206Shoreham Sailing Club9403921291823-4042172
18IconMike LyonsSimon Beddows3Burghfield Sailing Club9903293813-472862182
19BlazeJonathon Saunders 789Felpham Sailing Club102610-601026123890186
20PhantomCharlie Cumbley 1345RYA1015125710(DNC)DNC187
21BlazeBen Pickering 595Chase Sailing Club102616-682234453932188
22LaserCallum McCullough 180834Draycote Water Sailing Club1118243624-40242952189
23Laser RadialDaniel Wigmore 195110Middle Nene Sailing Club1140384746-51211628196
24EnterprisePaul YoungMegan Ward22901Midland Sailing Club11302748-6345541310197
25AlbacoreMatthew Metcalfe-SmithBen Hawkes8158Ogston Sailing Club1064-49342346331150197
26SoloPatrick Overs 5138Paxton Lakes Sailing Club1163345145-5753512200
27Laser 2000Matt SargentClare Sargent22088Royal Artillery Yacht Club1100223148-5525768201
28LaserWill Whittaker 156165Draycote Water SC1118(BFD)27404741344202
29Laser RadialKerry Morgan 196559Hill Head Sailing Club1140373837-50392134206
30ChallengerGraham Hall 270Rutland Sailing Club11743022-5544484420208
31RS200Sam KnightSarah Heaven946Bartley1057-61334360191048213
32RS300Pete Ellis 500Aldenham Sailing Club100035-561531204178220
33B14Mark BarnesDan Hare788Whitstable Yacht Club8552837-678115286222
34ScorpionTom Castle???2022Northampton Sailing Club1053182412172(DNC)DNC235
35PhantomWill Ellison 1327Brancaster Staithe Sailing Club101557-612732143374237
36OspreyPaddy LewisTom Holland1337Datchet Water Sailing Club9402629-5028325072237
37FireballAlex TaylorGeoff Edwards150Budworth Sailing Club970(DNC)156911154688244
38Laser 2000Elizabeth FillmoreTim Fillmore21724Draycote Water Sailing Club11005619533722(DNF)58245
39PhantomDavid Pickering 1245Chase Sailing Club101531182139-5437110256
40RS300Richard Le Mare 426Draycote Water Sailing Club1000-50409274630106258
41RS100 (8.4)Mark Harrison 134Gurnard Sailing Club99036-6528224218112258
42RS400Stuart HalmanGillian Greenacre1289Leigh And Lowton Sailing Club9492135-6143344780260
43505Tim RushRichard Byne9079Draycote Water Sailing Club8956716514231(DNC)56263
44SoloNigel Davies 5139Draycote Water Sailing Club1163826332316(DNC)DNC268
45Laser 2000Tim CrippsRuss Clay21060Notts County Sailing Club11002358-646460960274
46BlazeMyles Mence 7571Royal Solent Yacht Club102613-4316243525DNC275
47VortexJonathon Carter 1153Rickmansworth Sailing Club9374530342936(DNC)102276
48EuropeAndy Harris 293Chew Valley Lake SC1143414456-58522270285
49SoloPeter Mitchell 5111RYA1163682018(DNC)DNCDNC295
50LaserR Still 180333Draycote Water SC111843534952-583466297
51BlazeMartin Saveker 774Bartley Sailing Club102644-5925322719DNC309
52SoloIan Hopwood 5287Nantwich Sailing Club11632027442928(DNC)DNC310
53EuropeEmma Pearson 229Draycote Water SC1143465768-71642354312
54BlazePaul Taylor 751Burghfield Sailing Club1026-63524755493594332
55Musto SkiffAndy Rice 262Stokes Bay Sailing Club8554720-74475960100333
56BlazeBob Williamson 778Aberdeen & Stonehaven10264255171643(DNC)DNC335
57AlbacoreMike BannerBrandon Woods8133Winsford Flash Sailing Club1064(DNC)3958BFDDNC1764335
58PhantomOlly Hopkins 1298Tewkesbury1015-604236253832DNC335
59LaserMarcellus Pryor 181506Draycote Water Sailing Club111847506563-685576356
60BlazeRob Jones 678Warsash Sailing Club102633-6640494342DNC369
61RS TeraElliott Marshall 2109Draycote Water SC1459664958-69625382370
62B14Simon HadleyNikki Hadley770Bough Beech Sailing Club85540625268(DNC)5796375
63B14Daniel CowinDan Hollands769RYA8555845-7062565998378
64SolutionColin Newman 438Draycote Water Sailing Club1085596362-666336104387
65PhantomChris Wright 1296Hollowell Sailing Club10155154185350(DNC)DNC388
66RS400Nick BollandAlex Bolland1174Draycote Water Sailing Club949534666(DNC)DNC5692394
67International MothJamie Pearson 4026Draycote Water SC98068-7258616049116412
68FireballJohn TenneyQuinton Hayes14705Draycote Water Sailing Club97054(DNC)574129DNCDNC424
69OspreyViola ScottMichael Scott1314Kielder Water Sailing Club940(DNC)32425357DNCDNC427
70Merlin RocketRussell BrayshawNicola Wilkinson3533Hollowell Sailing Club990(DNC)7072726643118441
71B14Barry PriceAl Storer766Thorpe Bay Sailing Club8556969-73736758108444
72RS300Gareth Lincoln 517Northampton Sailing Club10006371395951(DNC)DNC445
73RS200Richard BrownJudith Brown711Draycote Water Sailing Club105762(DNC)DNC7065DNC114473
74RS400Frank CeaPhil Dickens653Royal Naval Sailing Association949707475DNF(DNC)61120476
75LaserHannah Briggs 165505Draycote Water Sailing Club111855645465(DNC)DNCDNC481
76Merlin RocketRob KennaughAbi Spurr3402Midland Sailing Club9902567BFD(DNC)DNCDNCDNC493
77Laser 3000Jayne LambertThomas Lambert3504?100765(DNC)7167DNC51DNC497
78RS100 (10.2)Tim LeMare 228Draycote Water Sailing Club990(DNC)73DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC559
79PhantomAndrew Wilde 1291Carsington Sailing Club1015(DNC)BFDDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC563
80B14Stephen HolingsworthChris Murphy789Restronguet Sailing Club855(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC567

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