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Guildford Marine Solo Open at Papercourt Sailing Club

by Noj Farnell 21 Sep 2012 14:55 BST 16 September 2012
Guildford Marine Solo open at Papercourt © Chris Alderman

The Guildford Marine sponsored Solo Open at Papercourt S.C. was held on Sunday 16 September with a near record turn out of 37 Solo's of which 13 had travelled.

With a Force 2-3 forecast and warm weather it made a nice change from the last two years drifters. The day started with the obligatory tea and bacon buttes before getting started with the first race.

The line was tight and of course some did not squeeze in on the pin end where they hoped to. The left hand side seemed to pay as the wind was coming slightly across the lake but it was a tight battle to get to the windward mark first. A short dog leg took the sailors across the lake to set up a tactical run down to the leeward mark. Andrew Boyce was the leading Papercourt boat fighting with Gareth Griffiths from Island barn to chase down Richard Willetts from Burghfield SC through to the end.

The second race saw a touch more wind, which might explain a certain experienced sailor to take a swim (AKA M. Ball), before Roger Puttock from Papercourt decided to gain composure and sail fast like we all know he can. He took the bullet with Andrew close behind him.

A great lunch provided by Penny for a quick replenishment before battle commenced for another 2 races back to back.

A slightly longer line helped those struggling with the large fleet to gain some position and keep the mid fleet battle raging. Simon Hamment had swapped his usual Laser to race his older Solo (but sporting a lovely sail!) and in race 3 was holding a very credible 10 position until gear failure ended his days racing. Meanwhile Mike Ball showed his class taking race 3.

This meant we started the last race with 4 potential Open winners - Puttock, Willetts, Ball or Griffiths! The early leader and holding the lead to the end was Peter Curl from Chipstead. Not far behind him was Roger and Andrew fighting each other for every shift and tack for the whole race - it seemed the winner of this one on one battle would take the honours. The battle may have been closer if Richard had not returned at the start thinking he was OCS! Roger held on to second place and therefore the Open title with 5 points.

Thanks to all for making this great day happen and especially to our sponsor Guildford Marine for providing such generous prizes.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4Pts
1st4561Roger PuttockPapercourt-51225
2nd5232Richard WillettsBurghfield134-138
3rd5115Andrew BoycePapercourt32-738
4th5080Mike BallPapercourt4(DNF)1510
5th5215Gareth GriffithsIsland Barn2-116412
6th5167Peter CurlChipstead-979117
7th5305Mike MurphyPapercourt64-1510.520.5
8th4741Steve JonesWraysbury-1095721
9th4967Patrick FellPapercourt-14531422
10th4542Jason AldousPapercourt-868822
11th5202Frank BrownPapercourt-12812626
12th4679Dave SandersPapercourt-131210931
13th5276Mick KostinChipstead-1610111536
14th4669Tim JacksonPapercourt720(DNF)1239
15th5303Andrew SavellSalcombe15-211410.539.5
16th4551Bill HutchingsTonbridge111616-1743
17th5007Andrew ThompsonChipstead-2315131644
18th3977Dave RudmanChipstead1718.518.5-20.554
19th4706Andy FishPapercourt18-25201957
20th3928Giles MaltbyPapercourt-26142320.557.5
21st4272David mitchellPapercourt-2726171861
22nd2195Nick RusbridgeArun-3718.518.52461
23rd5083Jeff DaltonFrensham222322(DNF)67
24th4977Nick GillKingsmead21-27242368
25th3958Chris BryantPapercourt-3222212770
26th3061Rob TrendChipstead-3028252275
27th3775Bill GoodmanPapercourt24-31262575
28th4686Hugh JervisPapercourt283227(DNF)87
29th3821Peter Roche-KellyPapercourt34-35282688
30th3640Julian Sheraton-DavisPapercourt-3634292891
31st5085John BaplePapercourt1917(dns)dns123
32nd4155Chrlie ForemanPapercourt3113(dns)dns131
33rd4227Simon Hammentpapercourt2024(DNF)DNS131
34th4973John RobinsonPapercourt2530(dns)dns142
35th5058Tony CanningPapercourt2929(dns)dns145
36th4189Chris AldermanPapercourt3533(dns)dns155
37th5283David BaplePapercourt33(dns)dnsdns207

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