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Solo Southern Area Championship at Bough Beech Sailing Club

by Nick Marden 25 May 2014 08:21 BST 24 May 2014

An excellent turnout of 44 Solos, including 16 from the home club, contested the Solo Southern Area Championship at Bough Beech SC on 24 May, racing for the Southern Quaich.

Race Officer Brian Whitmey sent the fleet away cleanly at the first attempt into a light but building southerly breeze which gave a kilometre-long beat. Tom Gillard led to finish ahead of Vince Horey from King George and Steve Cockerill. The black flag was used for the rest of the day after a general recall in the second race. Steve Cockerill got away well and sailed an excellent second beat to establish a substantial lead from Gillard who finished 2nd with Horey 3rd.

After a lunch break ashore, the fleet launched in the hope of doing two more races - just as storm came through which gave everybody an interesting reach to the start. But sadly just as Race 3 started, the storm passed, leaving the wind in a mess. It went very light and veered west turning the first leg into a fetch, and then continued to veer though north to east. The RO wisely opted to shorted course after one round, during which many had been caught out. Ross Harvey from Hayling finished ahead of a consistent Gillard and another Hayling sailor, James Ross, came in 3rd.

The RO waited for the wind to settle, but the afternoon was wearing on and he reluctantly decided to abandon the fourth race. So with just two races to count, the Southern Quaich went to Gillard, with Cockerill 2nd and Horey 3rd.

A big thank you to Simon Butterworth of Virtual Rigger for bring the VR Stealth Van to BBSC and setting up shop, and for providing generous prizes. Thanks also to the Shepherd Neame, Kent's popular brewers, for their additional sponsorship.

Overall Results:

PosSail noHelmCatClubR1R2R3Pts
15469Tom Gillard SVSC1223
25494Steve CockerillVETHISC3154
35475Vince Horey KGSC2375
45513James Ross HISC30437
55495Ross Harvey HISC26718
65225Steve Ede Ardleigh75611
75115Andrew Boyce Papercourt56811
85045John ReedVETBBSC493013
94899Richard HudsonVETBBSC683414
104800Simon Lomas‑Clark Frensham1515419
115506Noel WestGMBBSC8114519
125497Alan Bishop  10181020
1351525Andrew Thompson Chipstead1321922
145406Jarvis Simpson RYA9134522
155500Mark Ampleford Island Barn14121726
165192Nick MardenGMBBSC18102928
175147Richard Ball Chipstead17281128
184801Patrick WardVETChipstead45141529
194967Patrick FellVETPapercourt11202031
205373Phil Sturmer RBYC12192831
214195Paul IronsVETBBSC22271335
225230Mike Healey Chipstead20341636
234400Jonathan Moon Spinnaker16222638
245352Mike WilkieGMLSC21231839
254386Mike Dray LSC27172542
265202Frank BrownGMPapercourt33251944
274551Bill HutchingsVETTonbridge37331245
285502Ian RatnageGMBBSC34321446
295227Adrian BunnisVETBBSC29262147
305168Tim LewisVETLSC32163548
311102Will LoyVETRYA32163649
325134Robert Lawrie  28242751
334378Les AldousVETBBSC24294553
344185Don BuckleAMBBSC25403358
355265Rob TrendGMChipstead23364559
363713Chris HopkinsVETWWSC35392459
375133Adrian HowseVETBBSC38412260
384562Ken WareAMBBSC31314562
394660Keith TurtleVETChipstead42422365
404769Steve KnowlesGMBBSC39373168
415359Peter EdwardsGMBBSC36383268
424434Nick GallweyVETBBSC41353671
434631Dave KnightGMBBSC40454585
444788John MackenzieVETBBSC43454588

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