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Stratos National Championships at at Bala Sailing Club

by Ken Hull 24 Jun 2014 07:44 BST 21-22 June 2014

Not a cloud in the sky, and just a hint of the breeze to come, promised a great day's racing for the Stratos fleet for their first National event at Bala. The race officer got the first race started bang on time and a steady force 3 saw the fleet away to do two rounds of a triangle sausage course.

There was a little controversy over whether the windward boat on the start line responded to a call of "Up, Up", but once away the fleet soon settled down into what was going to become fairly consistent positions i.e. Malcolm & Howard Noyce at the front, followed by either Phil and Chris Smith or Andrew Meek and Ash Burton. Races two and three were almost carbon copies of the first, as the wind was shifty enough to make it interesting, but strong enough to provide good speed.

After dinner in the clubhouse the talk in the bar was of whether anyone could possibly catch Malcolm and Howard Noyce, the overall leaders at that point, who with 3 first's looked pretty invincible.

Sunday dawned with clear skies again but this time not a breath of wind, so after a short postponement, all further racing was abandoned and an early prize giving arranged. Malcolm and Howard Noyce were crowned Stratos Champions, with Andrew Meek and Ash Burton second, and locals Phil and Chris Smith third.

Overall Results:

PosHelmCrewClubSail NoR1R2R3Pts
1stMalcolm NoyceHoward NoyceSeafarers SC332‑1112
2ndAndrew MeekAsh BurtonManor Park SC217‑3224
3rdPhil SmithChris SmithBala SC7102‑335
4thLynfel OwenIan Valentine 1069‑4448
5thDerek RichardsPeter WilsonChelmarsh256‑55510
6thMark JonesKevin EdwardsBala SC745(DNF)6DNF13

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