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Solo Thames Valley Series Open at Kingsmead Sailing Club

by Kingsmead Sailing Club 28 Mar 2015 20:48 GMT 21 March 2015
Solos at Kingsmead © Rob Fairhurst

Kingsmead sailing Club hosted a round of the Thames Valley Series Solo Open on Saturday 21st March. The club was pleased to welcome 18 sailors from eleven different clubs, including four Kingsmead representatives.

As they arrived, the sailors were met by quite inhospitable conditions with a strong and variable breeze, under dull skies. They tucked into coffee and bacon rolls, which were on offer with relish!

The participants sailed three races or tried to as they coped with the wind shifts created by Kingsmead's three islands and there were quite a few capsizes and six DNS/DNFs plus one disqualification, making it quite a lively day for sailors, the safety crew and Duty Officer.

The Club laid on a tasty lunch after the first race and a tableful of cakes for afternoon tea. In the end, Steve Ede WMYC won with two firsts. Alan Bishop Girton SC came second with two seconds and Andrew Boyce Papercourt SC came third with a first and a fourth. Congratulations to them.

Steve generously thanked the hosts for their hospitality and then promptly dropped his prize of a bottle of wine at the winners' photo shoot. He handled his boat with much more skill!"

Overall Results:

PosSail NoClubHelmR1R2R3Pts
1st5225WMYCSteve Ede‑10112
2nd5497GirtonAlan Bishop2‑624
3rd5115Papercourt SCAndrew Boyce14(DNF)5
4th4386LittletonMike Dray‑7246
5th5406RYAJarvis Simpson43‑57
6th5168Island BarnTim Lewis‑5538
7th5540Fishers GreenGodfrey Clark38(DSQ)11
8th5466Island BarnPaul Playle6‑9612
9th4741LittletonSteve Jones8‑10715
10th5320Fishers GreenDavid Walford97(DNF)16
11th5373RBYCPhil Sturmer‑1611819
12th5152Chipstead Sailing ClubAndrew Thompson‑1312921
13th5265Chipstead Sailing ClubRob Trend‑14131023
14th4977KSCNick Gill12‑141123
15th5232Rollesby BroadIan Ayres11(DNF)DNS30
16th3859KSCPeter Lillywhite1515(DNF)30
17th3991KSCMartyn Hawkins17(DNS)DNS36
18th4970KSCRon Hamilton(DNS)DNSDNS38

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