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Kestrel Eastern Area Championships at Marconi Sailing Club

by Henry Richards 4 Sep 2012 10:17 BST 26-27 August 2012

Eight boats arrived to Marconi Sailing Club to compete in the Eastern Area Championships over the bank holiday weekend.

Race 1 – Race one got underway in medium winds. Henry Richards/Christopher Richards (1563) got to the mark first, closely followed by Paul Jarvey/Dave Hearsum (1574) and Chris Grice/Paul Wilkinson (408). 1563 managed to keep the lead till the end of the first lap when 408 followed by 1574 managed to get past. This led to a battle between Paul/Dave and Chris/Paul, won by Paul/Dave that was trailed by Henry/Christopher. The order stayed this way to the finish, followed by Jeremy/Jane Drummond (1510) in fourth.

Race 2 – In the second race, the leading two boats were the same as the first race. Paul/Dave managed to get the better of Chris/Paul this time round to take the win. Newcomers to the fleet Malcolm Cross/Tony Everitt sailed a very good race to come home third. They were followed by Henry/Christopher who just beat Steve/Lin Worf on the line.

Race 3 – The second day had slightly heavier winds that swung to come directly off the shore. This made it quite shifty and inconsistent. Again Paul/Dave and Chris/Paul managed to get away from the rest of the fleet. Their places swapped over a couple of times with Paul/Dave eventually taking the win. Towards the rest of the fleet, Steve/Lyn were doing well until a capsize at the gybe mark and fought hard but could never really catch the pack. Henry/Christopher took 3rd followed by Mark Batt/Barry Sadler from Harlow Blackwater in fourth.

Race 4 – In the final race and with everything to play for up front, the last race promised to be a spectacle. Paul/Dave got away well, leading at the first mark, followed by Chris/Paul and Henry/Christopher who promptly put up the kite, screamed past the fleet and spectacularly capsized (*much to the amusement of the spectators – Rachel*). Paul/Dave managed to lead for the next 3½ laps only for Chris/Paul to nip past on the beat to the line, winning the race and the event.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewR1R2R3R4Pts
1408Chris GricePaul Wilkinson12214
21574Paul JarveyDavid Hearsum21124
31563Henry RichardsChris Richards343610
41534Malcolm CrossTony Everitt535412
51546Mark BattBarry Sadler864313
61545Steve WorfLin Worf658516
71510Jeremy DrummondJane Drummond477ret18
81573Rod Brown-leeJenny Brown-lee786720

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