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Solo Southern Area Championship at Bough Beech Sailing Club

by Will Loy 25 May 2015 16:27 BST 23 May 2015
Solo Southern Championship at Bough Beech © Martyn Smith

Super Series Act 3 sponsored by Rooster Sailing

A whopping fleet of 45 National Solos converged on the picturesque village of Edenbridge in Saturday May 23rd to contest the Southern Championship. The sailors rigged up in sunshine and a moderate north easterly cockled the hearts and raised the pulse. Bough Beech sailing club is so Solo friendly, reflected in the numbers and strength in depth of talent so would a local win on home waters?

Race 1 - The wind was blowing almost straight down the lake enabling a long first beat but it was veering right and this resulted in some recalls and line adjusting before the fleet were away. Ben McGrane showed good speed and a spoonful of savvie to break clear and take control. The Merlin Rocket/Contender sailor was pushed all the way by one of the emerging talents at Porchester Y.C. Matt Humphreys who chased Ben around the course and finally gained the lead at the leeward mark. Alan Bishop sailing out of Girton S.C. was in third all the way round, followed by Pete Mitchell, fresh from his victory at the Spring Cup in Medemblik. In a final twist, Ben managed to split tacks with Matt and take the winning gun by no more than the head of an errantly driven forestay screw. Alan third, Pete fourth and local hero John Reed fifth.

Race 2 - The wind continued to track right and the windward mark edged closer to my camera position. The premium was on a clear start at the committee end and was to prove tricky. Simon Lomas Clarke found himself in a horrid position with 10 seconds left on the clock. Below the line but with 20 plus solos' head to wind and edging forward he had nowhere to go. His eased boom hooked a forestay and the result was the heart dropping sound of combusting gelcoat and the obligatory hails of derision. Sods law decreed that the collision was with a brand new Solo and also that I captured it all on video, unlucky Simon. Surprisingly the fleet were spread across the course and it was those who went left and hooked into the best pressure who profited. Dave Griffiths was first to the mark but was soon passed by John Reed. Martin Frary who only started sailing Solos' a few months ago rounded third. The wind had dropped to under 10knots, subdued by the gentle drizzle. John extended, Frary took second and Griffiths held on for third. With Vince Horey fourth and Matt Humphreys fifth the fleet returned to shore for lunch. Pete Mitchell had retired and was packing his boat away.

Race 3 - The sky had cleared and streaks of breeze tracked across the pretty reservoir as the fleet launched. John Reed was holding an event lead over Matt Humphries and Ben McGrane. Other notables included Steve Ede in his new Winder with two sixths, Frank Brown who had a cracking race 1 and Martin Frary who was looking to add to his race 2 second. It was Martin who made the right choices and rounded first with Pete Mitchell just behind. From this point it was Pete who took the race by the scruff of it's neck, controlling the fleet and extending to finish with a healthy lead. Had he spoken to himself in the car park? Had he received a call from the boss at North or was it the prospect of having to go home early and bake a cake for his attractive girlfriend? Either way it paid off. Martin Frary stayed second and with a pair now on the table had the strong hand. Matt Humphries continued his good form with a third and Ben McGrane worked through the fleet to claim fourth.

Unfortunately the wind continued to swing and with the time limit reached, no more racing would take place.

So, as sailwave scoring software processed the scores the fleet de-rigged, showered and rehydrated in the fine clubhouse bar.

Martin Frary in the Rooster Sailing powered Boatyard at Beer Solo was awarded the Southern Championship, fittingly sponsored by Rooster sails. Pete Mitchell was second in the North sails powered Sailboat 5.5 and Ben McGrane third in the P&B powered JP Solo. Porchester hotshot Matt Humphreys was fourth and fifth overall and first Veteran was John Reed. Just two points separated the top five. Bough Beeches fleet captain Nick Marden was first Grandmaster and eighth overall and special thanks to him for the organization of the event. The on and off the water teams did a sterling job and many thanks once again to Rooster Sailing for their sponsorship.

Overall Results:

PosFleetSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3Pts
1st 5583Martin Frary ‑13224
2nd 5509Pete MitchellHayling Island Sailing Club4(RET)15
3rd 5585Ben McGrane 1‑845
4th 5121Matt HumphreysPorchester Sailing Club2‑535
5thVeteran5045John ReedBough Beech Sailing Club51‑66
6th 5608Steve EdeWest Mersea Yacht Club‑66511
7th 5497Alan BishopGirton310‑2213
8thGrand Master5291Nick MardenBough Beech Sailing Club‑169716
9th 5586Matthew FraryNorfolk Broads Yacht Club7‑14916
10thVeteran5563Dave GriffithsBough Beech Sailing Club143‑1717
11thVeteran5475Vince HareyKing George Sailing Club154(OCS)19
12thVeteran5115Andrew BoycePapercourt Sailing Club‑2071320
13thGrand Master5352Mike WilkieDesobourgh Sailing Club12‑21820
14th 4800Simon Lomas‑ClarkeFrensham Pond Sailing Club9‑231120
15thVeteran5147Richard BallChipstead Sailing Club‑27121022
16th 5134Robert LaurieRYA1113(OCS)24
17thVeteran4967Patrick FellPapercourt Sailing Club1016‑2126
18thVeteran5572M KostiwChipstead Sailing Club1811‑3129
19thJunior5119Elliot MarksBough Beech Sailing Club‑25151429
20thGrand Master5202Frank BrownPapercourt Sailing Club822‑2830
21st 5373Phil SturmerRoyal Burnham Yacht Club‑29201232
22ndVeteran5168Tim LewisIsland Barn Sailing Club1717‑2434
23rd 5446Alex PowellPorchester Sailing Club19‑291635
24thGrand Master5535Tim JacksonPapercourt Sailing Club‑30181937
25thVeteran4336Alex TimmsChew Valley Lake Sailing Club2219‑2541
26thVeteran5406Jarvis SimpsonRYA24‑322044
27thVeteran4378Les AldousBough Beech Sailing Club21‑242344
28thVeteran4195Paul IronsBough Beech & Spinakers‑31271845
29thVeteran5213Mark StonesBough Beech Sailing Club‑37331548
30thGrand Master5265Rob TrendChipstead Sailing Club‑28252651
31stGrand Master5506Noel WestBough Beech Sailing Club2331‑3454
32ndVeteran4551Bill HutchinsTonbridge Town Sailing Club‑33302757
33rdVeteran5133Adrian HowseBough Beech Sailing Club‑41282957
34thVeteran5227Adrian BunnisBough Beech Sailing Club‑34263359
35thGrand Master5172David RobertsBough Beech Sailing Club2634‑4060
36thGrand Master5359Peter EdwardsBough Beech Sailing Club36‑423066
37thAncient Mariner4185Don BuckleBough Beech Sailing Club‑45363268
38thGrand Master5502Ian RatnageBough Beech Sailing Club32‑373769
39th 5230Mick HealyChipstead Sailing Club‑39353671
40thGrand Master4769Steve KnowlesBough Beech Sailing Club38‑393573
41stVeteran4434Nick GallweyBough Beech Sailing Club35‑403974
42ndVeteran3713Chris HopkinsWeir Wood Sailing Club‑44413879
43rdAncient Mariner5426Tony TreasureBough Beech Sailing Club‑42384179
44thVeteran4660Keith TurtleChipstead Sailing Club‑43434285
45thAncient Mariner4562Ken WareBough Beech Sailing Club40(RET)DNS86


Race 1

Race 2-3 with winners interview


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