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British Moth Open at Desborough Sailing Club

by Simon Hall 8 Sep 2014 21:59 BST 6 September 2014

No wind greeted the 10 competitors to Desborough SC annual British Moth open meeting on Saturday 6th September.

With a briefing at 1030 and a start at 11am the fleet launched their boats, and waited tantalisingly for the first upstream leg. Richard Broughton from the home club got away cleanly followed by Gary Tompkins (Hunts SC). Broughton, using his local knowledge, got a substantial lead over the fleet and started to lap the tailenders. With positions changing through the rest of the fleet the lower positions were not confirmed till they crossed the finish line.

After lunch the second race got under way in similar fashion. This time Paul Cook (Maidenhead) who borrowed 847 from Simon Hall, also joined the leaders off the start line. However with the fickle winds the race finished in a similar manner as the first with Broughton taking line honours and Tompkins coming in second.

Going into the third race the first two places were confirmed, however 3rd place was still to be fought over with 4 boats potentially to take it. To add to the fun various competitors decided to try each others boats out. Abby Freely (Hunts SC) swapped with Broughton, Simon Hall took out 861 after problems with the boat he borrowed for the day.

For the first leg Starsky Torchia (Staines SC) took an early lead only to be overtaken on the second leg by Broughton. There was a quite a gap to the rest of the fleet however Tompkins managed to break away and join the leaders. However on the last leg Tompkins over took Torchia to take second place.

Overall Results:

1stRichard BroughtonDesborough SC
2ndGary TomkinsHunts SC
3rdAndrew PerrottChippenham SC
4thPaul CookMaidenhead SC
5thStarsky TorchiaStaines SC
6thSimon HallMaidenhead SC
7thAbby FreelyHunts SC
8thM BarrettDesborough SC
9thDennis MilesStaines SC
10thNigel LipscobeDesborough SC

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