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Solution Open at Hickling Broad Sailing Club

by Mike Gower 13 Oct 2014 14:23 BST 11-12 October 2014

There was a gentle breeze from the South West across the Broad to welcome the Solution fleet to the Open meeting held with the Phantoms.

At the start Mike Gower broke away and had a good lead by the windward mark which he held to the end of the race. Tim Percival was in second with Arthur Thaine using all his skill and technique to try and catch him but to no avail with those positions held until the end.

Second race and the course had been skewed slightly as the wind moved a bit more Westerly. Mike was first away again off the line but this time the positions behind were reversed with Arthur getting the place over Tim.

Third race and all the boats were much closer at the start with Tim and Arthur nipping at Mike's heels. Mike managed to get clear at the windward mark leaving Tim and Arthur battling it out for second place. Arthur caught Tim on the second beat but at the mark Tim managed to get his nose out front again. However on the long run back down the Broad, Arthur's patience paid off and he succeeded in slipping past Tim to get the second place.

Arriving on Sunday morning there was barely a breath of wind as the early morning mist gradually cleared away. The forecast promised a breeze around midday from the East but this never materialized so in the end racing was abandoned for the day.

Overall Results:

1. Mike Gower (392)
2. Arthur Thaine (448)
3. Tim Percival (443)

Next event is the Inlands at Grafham 8-9 November.

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