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Scorpion Open at Grafham Water Sailing Club

by Simon Gillow 27 Apr 2012 15:05 BST 21-22 April 2012

This weekend 24 Scorpions braved chilly temperatures, killer shrimp and Feva parents to attend the first Scorpion Open of the year at Grafham. 6 races were sailed over the weekend on a triangle/sausage course shared with the Flying Fifteens and Larks. A number of the fleet have bought new boats over the winter and are also experimenting with new twin-pole systems so it was to be an interesting event to see what effect these changes had on the results.

On Saturday the wind started at a nice 10mph but this occasionally picked up a bit as each new black cloud came over. Race 1 got underway under a black flag, Tom Jeffcoate/Mark Hogan and Pete Gray/Rich Pepperdine made the best of the shifts up the first beat and finished in that order just ahead of a fast finishing Andy McKee/Tarren Jones. Race 2 saw Andy/Tarren take the lead ahead of the wooden boat of Tom Gillard/Andy Thompson. Race 3 saw Andy/Tarren make the most of the shifts to lead round the first mark followed by Simon Gillow/Fiona Brett, on the final lap a big black cloud came and the wind increased to about 20mph, Tom/Mark managed to avoid the distraction of watching the Lark fleet death rolling down the run to take the lead while everyone else started reaching for their mast rake controls. The fleet made it ashore just in time to watch the Feva fleet pummeled by rain/hail from the warm dry clubhouse.

After the usual evening of fun and games the wind looked pretty similar on Sunday. In race 4 the fleet struggled to find the gybe mark, the majority headed for a bouy somewhere off the clubhouse before realising where the real mark was. Tom/Andy spotted it first and led from Steve/Sarah Cockerill who had overcome some twin pole teething issues overnight, Dave Wade/Ben Rayner came in 3rd. Dave/Ben led race 5 followed by Tom/Andy and a fast finishing Simon/Fiona who overtook Tom/Mark on the final reach. Going into race 6 there were 3 boats who could possibly win the open, Tom/Andy took the lead and held it to the finish to take the open title ahead of Tom/Mark in 2nd. Andy/Tarren finished 4th which gave them 3rd overall.

All in all everyone had a great weekend and are looking forward to the next opens at Shotwick Lake on 6th May and Chew Valley on 12/13th May.

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Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1st1976Tom GillardAndy ThompsonSheffield Viking42(DNC)12110
2nd2025Tom JeffcoateMark HoganNotts County131-84211
3rd2004Andy McKeeTarren JonesDovestone SC3124-12414
4th2026Dave WadeBen RaynerNorthampton SC5-9531317
5th2023Stephen CockerillSarah CockerillHill Head SC-194425520
6th1947Steve WalkerJerry HannabussPennine8-123106734
7th2003Simon GillowFiona BrettChipstead SC6107-1431339
8th2013Pete GrayRich PepperdineStaunton Harold SC258179(DNC)41
9th2017Jack BanksPenny JeffcoateDovestone SC97107-18841
10th2024Barry WolfendenRachel RhodesChipstead SC15669-17945
11th2028Ryan BuchananHannah BurkeHill Head SC12-151468646
12th2010John ClementsonMelanie TitmusChipstead SC7-16121171451
13th1987Matt PotterSteve GrayamNotts County10813-20151662
14th2005Janet RichieAlan RichieChipstead SC17111713(DNC)1169
15th1979Alex HaymanDave ElstonSidmouth/Lyme Regis11(DNC)919141770
16th1952Elinor PeggAdam ParryYealm YC13-191812131571
17th1967Chris MasseyCharlotte FarmerDovestone SC-18171518111273
18th1984Richard SearleLucy SearleMill Head1418-1915191076
19th202Tom CastleTim HartleyNorthampton SC(DNC)13161610DNC80
20th1994David HannanMike HannanHill Head SC(DNC)DNC11516DNC82
21st1925Martyn DenchfieldHarry JanesRipon SC/SWSC-222120222018101
22nd1852Carol HainesJon HainesElton SC1614(DNC)DNFDNCDNC105
23rd1963Julie HolroydPaul HolroydHunts Sailing Club2120(DNC)21DNCDNC112
24th2018Nigel PotterTom StoreyNotts County20(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC120

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