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Shadow X wins Grafham Sailing Club Invitational Catamaran Open

by Robin Leather 23 Oct 2012 14:41 BST 20-21 October 2012

Shadow X wins Fast Single Handed Fleet

The Shadow X took on the might of the latest A Class and F16 cats and won in convincing fashion in varying conditions.

Saturday saw light 5 - 10mph breezes and the ultra fast upwind performance of the A Class showed at the first mark. However, once the kite was up on the Shadow X, short work was made of catching and overtaking the fleet to lead on the water by the leeward mark. The 'not too shabby' upwind performance of the Shadow was enough to keep all but the fastest A Class behind on the rest of the beats. As the laps counted by, great racing was had, with the lead A Class passing on the beat and losing the lead on the runs. A similar pattern emerged for the remaining two races on the Saturday giving Robin Leather on his Shadow X three convincing wins on handicap.

Sunday promised a little more wind and built as the day went on. Initial fears of the conditions being more favourable for the A Class relegating the little Shadow X to the back of the fleet were soon forgotten. The A Class did go better down wind, but so did the Shadow! The last race of the day saw real depowering of the rigs but the results were still the same.

After a thoroughly enjoyable weekend of good close racing, Robin Leather on his Shadow X finished the weekend on top. Whatever boat you are on, the Fast Single Handed Handicap fleet is a great group of people to be part of and provides good, fun racing without the hassles of two man classes.

Grafham Water Sailing Club and especially its race management did a truly first rate job with good courses and quick turnarounds between races. The new format Grafham Cat Open is a great success.

Fast Singlehanded Fleet Results:

PosClassSail NoHelmClubRatingR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1stShadow X85Robin LeatherGurnard Sailing Club176‑1111115
2ndA Class55Phil NealRutland SC0.98833‑422212
3rdA Class73Bob FletcherSnettisham Beach & Rutland0.98822345‑816
4thShadow X27Patrick BalceanSNEH1764423‑8518
5thA Class39Dave LoweRutland0.988‑65563423
6thA Class11Colin BannisterRSC0.988(DNF)10654328
7thA Class2Derek GibbLargo Bay Sailing Club0.98856786‑1232
8thA Class53Struan WallaceTBYC0.988108810(DNC)743
9thFormula 164Paul TannerGurnard SC0.98991199(DNC)644
10thA Class38Gordon UptonRutland SC0.988771111(DNC)945
11thA Class51Lester BarrPwllheli YC0.988814107(DNC)1150
12thA Class40Tony LampittRutland SC0.988119121410(DNC)56
13thA Class45J. WalkerRutland SC0.988121213139‑1459
14thA Class66Mark AldridgeGWSC0.988(DNC)DNCDNC1271063
15thNacra 1749Ian Wilson/Alex NockGWSC138131314(DNC)DNC1370
16thNacra 5003839Mark RichardsGWSC1.127(DNC)DNCDNCDNF111577

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