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Comet Trio National Championships at Royal Torbay Yacht Club

by Steve Ashford 27 Jun 2012 11:30 BST 22-24 June 2012

12 boats from 4 clubs were attracted to Torbay for this 3 day event. Unfortunately Friday's racing had to be abandoned due to the very strong wind, so the 7 races were rescheduled – 4 on Saturday and 3 on Sunday.

Saturday brought less wind but still Force 5 with some serious gusts on the triangle sausage course. Leading at the first mark was Scarlet Lady followed by Piglet and Exe t'sea. Scarlet Lady wiped out in a vicious gust on the final run to let Piglet and Go with the Flow first and second with Scarlet Lady recovering to take third, Pebbles fourth and Exe t'sea in fifth with helm Bob sporting a gash on the head after capsizing.

A further 3 races back to back were really a test of stamina, with memorable screaming reaches and numerous capsizes. Race 3 saw Exe t'sea beat Piglet for the first time- it can be done.

RTYC hosted a meal in the evening, which was well attended and much appreciated.

Fortunately on Sunday the wind was a moderate NW 2-3 for race 5 but with big shifts there were many place changes. The wind increased and became more disturbed for race 6, and Piglet notched up their 5th win to secure the championship.

For race 7 the wind veered and for the first time the committee boat was the place to start. Exe t'sea sailed a superb race to gain his second win and secure 2nd overall, and at last the sun appeared for a pleasant warm end to the day.

Thank you to RTYC for running a superb championship.

Overall Results:

PosBoat NameSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7Pts
1stPiglet472Andrew McAuslandCaroline McAuslandExe11-2111-25
2ndExe T'Sea394Bob HorlockColette HorlockExe-521-733110
3rdScarlet Lady476Steve AshfordGlenn FrancisPaignton-3-33222312
4thGo with the flow428Guy FarrantMarilynn BookerExe2444-5-5418
5thPebbles484Frankie UptonRosey DaviesExe4-553-64521
6thAriel365David TalbotMark ?Hawley Lakes-8-66646628
7thDaisy443Keith LawsonHazel LawsonExe-777577-833
8thWoozle450Bill GottJon WhitfieldExe6-10-108108739
9thNo Worries368Nick WebberDon BlackettExe-9-98989943
10thMayniac348Sam MayneChris Mayne/Junior? MayneHawley Lakes(DNF)89109-111046
11thOut of the blue418James SmythScoutsSomerset Scouts(DNF)(DNF)DNFDNF11101158
12thComet Trio451Stephen SharpScouts1st Watchet Sea Scouts1011(DNF)(DNF)12DNF1258

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