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Wightlink Contender Open at Brading Haven Yacht Club

by Rodger White 12 Jul 2005 09:28 BST 9-10 July 2005

36 Contenders ventured to Brading Haven YC on the Isle of Wight for round 6 of the Traveller’s Trophy with generous sponsorship from WightLink, Spinlock and North Sails.

Race 1 started in a northerly 3 on a heavily port end biased start line. First to show on the port side were Phil Dickinson (681) and Dave Davies (693), who led at the windward mark, hotly pursued by Stuart Jones (701). Good waves for pumping to the wing mark and the second broader reach. Stuart Jones picked the right way up the second beat to lead by a substantial margin and held on the end. Phil Dickinson squeezed past Dave Davies for 2nd and 3rd places.

Race 2 the windward mark was brought closer in the now dropping breeze. Geoff Bettle (683) shot out from the port end and soon tacked onto port, laying the windward mark followed by Nick Grace (700), Gary Langdown (2324) and Stuart Jones. Plenty of place changing up the beats as the effect of the tanker moored to the north of the windward mark played its part. With superior downwind tactics, Gary Langdown took the lead with Geoff Bettle and Stuart Jones 2nd and 3rd.

Even shorter windward leg and tide made the line crossing difficult again, but Stuart Jones took too much advantage of the sag in the line and was OCS, while Nick Grace, Rodger White (2314), Matt Aston (702) and Richard Gimmler (674) were best off at the port end, all soon tacking on the port lay line. Grace led at the windward mark, followed by Aston and White. Aston squeezed past Grace by the wing mark. On the next beat, the main bunch of leaders soon headed for the port side, to leave White to test the starboard side. Not quite successfully enough to pass Aston who held on the finish after the run. On the short beat to the line, Alan Hudson (614) rounded the Committee boat stern on a gust to pip Langdown and Grace.

Sunday afternoon and the north easterly wind was much lighter and the majority of the fleet decided to start near the Committee boat and tack inshore out of the tide. Local Martin Davies (585) was best there but Grace right at the port end and White, Ben Stitt (610) and Keith Paul (589) headed left and the breeze filled in there giving a comfortable gap from those on the right. White passed Grace at the wing mark and stretched a lead only to fail in elementary tactics (not covering the opposition) going to the line on the final beat and losing to Grace by a boat length. Langdown recovered from a shocker to 4th just behind Keith Paul. Langdown was first overall and the tight minor places were decided on count back.

An excellent weekend of sailing at a very friendly club – we will return next year !

Overall Results:

PosFleetSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4Pts
1stGold2324Gary LangdownHighcliffe51449
2ndGold702Matt AstonDatchet4712312
3rdGold700Nick GraceCastle Cove665112
4thGold2314Rodger WhiteStewartby8122212
5thGold701Stuart JonesDatchet13OCS913
6thGold693Dave DaviesRYA3571215
7thGold683Geoff BettleHighcliffe92112022
8thSilver681Phil DickinsonWeston21562623
9thGold613Tony BurtonKing George7119824
10thGold589Keith PaulWeston121013325
11thSilver614Alan HudsonWeston14931526
12thGold674Rich GimmlerWhitfriars15481426
13thBronze610Ben StittBrading Haven211416535
14thSilver710Simon ForbesWeston1313121938
15thBronze585Martyn DaviesBrading Haven202214640
16thSilver696Tony WhiteLancing108222540
17thBronze643Gareth HumphreysWeston1818101644
18thSilver616Gary CollettGurnard232119747
19thSilver711Nick NoblePortishead1920151347
20thSilver660Richard KeevilLangstone1117202248
21stSilver635Paul HorlockCastle Cove3016261153
22ndGold647Mark RobinsonGurnardDNF24211055
23rdGold453Gary AustinLancing1619272862
24thSilver640Alan MollattSandwich Bay2426231865
25thSilver682Ginge LincolnHayling Ferry2523182766
26thSilver2310Paul WalkerParkstone17DNFDNC1771
27thBronze586Mark SamsomSalcombe3231242176
28thBronze627David GoughStarcross3329173177
29thBronze664Richard ColemanBrading Haven2627282477
30thBronze508Paul MewLee on Solent2225DNFDNC84
31stBronze292T. HumphriesBrading Haven3130252984
32ndBronze545Jason LunnBurton292829DNC86
33rdBronze620Mark JacksonLancing2732333089
34thBronze604Phil AlisonGYG2834303290
35thBronze605S. Hodgson 3435313398
36thBronze597Mike ScrivenerLancingDNF33323499

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