Please select your home edition
Grapefruit Graphics 2019 - Leaderboard
Product Feature
Allen Self Aligning Mainsheet Jammer
Allen Self Aligning Mainsheet Jammer

Contenders at the Weymouth Regatta

by Graham Scott 14 Jul 2015 13:02 BST 11-12 July 2015

The 11th of July saw 21 Contenders descend on Castle Cove SC in Weymouth for the last Travellers Trophy event before the Worlds in Medemblik. As the Open was to be part of Weymouth Regatta the course was shared out in the bay with the Ospreys and Fast Handicap with three races per day on a trapezoid course.

In breezy sunny conditions the first race got away cleanly (as did all six races which must be a record for the Contender fleet) with Stuart Jones leading form start to finish followed not that closely by Graham Scott and local boy Nick Grace.

Race two saw the wind building slightly and this time Gary Langdown got the first beat just right and led from Scott and the flying Nick Noble fresh from his supposedly secret training camp with Carl Tagoe. On the short run Scott capsized and Grace shot through to second which he held to the finish ahead of Noble.

The third race saw the closest racing yet with six boats going down the first short run bunched tightly together with Langdown emerging to lead followed by team Tagoe-Noble, Grace and Jones but not Scott who had yet again managed to chuck it in. Somehow Langdown managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory with an appalling last tack so the finishing order was Jones, Langdown and Noble, putting Jones in the overnight leaders spot.

A very sociable evening was followed by a miserable Sunday morning with rain and 20ish knots the order of the day.

With race four away first time Scott and Tagoe sailed clear of the fleet and after an epic tussle Scott just got away on the last lap to take the win with Noble up to third (these training camps must really work!).

Race five saw Noble storm away using all his newly acquired skills to lead in the ever increasing breeze. This is when boats started breaking with Grace suffering a broken shroud while lying second and Jones found himself at the back of the fleet after his new traveller came undone. Scott took second with Langdown third.

The last race started with Jones, Langdown and Noble all in with a chance of overall victory but it was Scott who led all the way round while Noble blew his chance with a capsize on the run and then Jones blew his shroud on the next lap when lying second. Langdown took his chance to finish behind Scott with Tagoe in third.

So, overall after some intense close racing in excellent conditions, Gary Langdown won by one point from Nick Noble with Stuart Jones slipping to third.

Big thanks to Castle Cove for a great event and Nick Grace as always for his hospitality.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
12439Gary Langdown(6)1253213
22410Nick Noble43331(RET)14
32465Stuart Jones14147(RET)17
4720Graham Scott212(DNS)12118
52607Carl Tagoe5(6)424318
62383David Davies(8)7775430
7678Tommy Hooton78986(DNS)38
82484Nick Grace3266(DNS)DNS40
9716Richard Franks(12)10898540
102490Rob Smith10551311(DNS)44
112505Peter Dives11111011RET(DNS)57
12685Adrian Smith131311149(DNS)60
13666Bill Hooton1514131010(DNS)62
142318Alan Mollatt(18)16141612664
152477Chris Howe16151212RET(DNS)69
16712Rodger White14171515RET(DNS)75
17691Peter Noble99RET(DNS)DNSDNS80
18710Keith Le Page(DNS)DNSDNSRET13RET83
192447Mike Scrivener17RETRET(DNS)DNSDNS97
20340Tim Eastaugh(DNS)DNSDNSRETRETDNS100
212574Mark JacksonRETDNSDNSDNSDNS(DNS)111

Related Articles

Contender Inlands at Rutland
Largest fleet at the Symmetric Open Regatta The 2019 Contender Inland Championship was hosted by Rutland Sailing Club over the weekend of 19/20th October. The Contenders had a class start as part of the Symmetric Open Regatta and were the largest fleet present. Posted on 23 Oct
Contender open meeting at Netley
With half the fleet camping in the field there was a recipe for disaster 16 Contenders travelled to Netley SC despite a forecast of calms on Saturday and storms on Sunday. It was indeed a weekend of two halves and the forecasters were pretty accurate. Posted on 11 Oct
One Design or Two?
David Henshall looks at control (and abuse) of hull shapes over the years Science fiction and the Terminator movies introduced us to the notion of shape shifting, but in the real life of the sailing dinghy world, how IS a shape defined? Posted on 9 Oct
Contender Nationals at Broadstairs overall
Stuart Jones wraps up an impressive series With the final day of The Contender Nationals came the relief of only two races after 2 days and 6 races in blistering winds. Overcast and murky with a forecast of light wind; the day began with lots of grumbling about aching muscles. Posted on 15 Sep
Contender Nationals at Broadstairs day 3
The wind pipes up again! After the liveliness of the previous day on the water the fleet were looking forward to a much more relaxed affair, unfortunately the wind came up to 22knt with 2m sea at just about race time. Posted on 9 Sep
Contender Nationals at Broadstairs day 2
A full-on attritional battle in big wind Day 2, more breeze seemed likely, a slightly murky day heralded a steady 15 knots and the inevitability of 3 races thanks to ill-informed democracy at previous AGMs. Posted on 8 Sep
Contender Nationals at Broadstairs day 1
43 weapons of sailing perfection lined up and ready The Hartley boats Contender nationals has begun. 43 weapons of sailing perfection are lined up and ready, the boats have also been prepped. Posted on 7 Sep
Contender Nationals Runners & Riders
In one of three years that might be the 50th year of the class Over a long weekend of the 6th-9th September the Contender class will congregate at Broadstairs Sailing Club to thrash out, once again, who is the greatest sailing hero to ever live. Posted on 26 Aug
Contenders at Weston
Fleet stretch their legs in the breeze after a light wind World Championship With a fairly windy forecast for the weekend, 19 sailors descended on Weston Sailing Club. After a recent light wind World Championship, the fleet was looking forward to straightening their legs and enjoying the conditions. Posted on 19 Aug
Bojangles at the Menai Strait Regattas
Looking for logic Hello all from Bojangles, the International Contender 2523, reporting on the past fortnight's adventures at the Menai Strait Regattas. Posted on 19 Aug