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Gul RS300 Inland Championships at Alton Water Sports Centre

by Steve Bolland 19 Oct 2015 18:13 BST 17-18 October 2015

National Poetry Day was last week and I was inspired to have a go. Sorry about that, but you will be pleased to learn that this will be my last attempt to be a published poet.

To the Inlands at Alton, to sail in a fleet
Inbreds from Wessex, from Norfolk webbed feet
Old Mikey Bees with his shoulder all knackered
And plenty of others with bodies all battered
Fruit pickers from Lincoln, likely lads from the East
A handful from Hampshire and last but not least
Two more, once again, from the country up North
Heading South to the sun for all they were worth.
But enough of such mirth and of stereotyping
What of the racing, the on-water fighting?

The keen ones came Friday for a night on the ale
You could tell who they were by their faces so pale
Messrs Clarke, Jones and Hopson had heads all an-aching
With Clarke going home instead of going racing
The wind was just right and never too hairy
The reaches were fun and the runs not too scary
And at the end of the day when all races were run
The top three were split by only point one.
So ahead of the Sunday all became clear
The title would go to who laid off of the beer.

Sunday morning arrived with scarce any wind
Mr Bolland was hoping the racing was binned
You might think me biased, I have an agenda
But my lead at the top was exceedingly slender
Say what you like, for that wind I'm too fat
You shouldn't be made to go out in THAT!
But out we went anyway all in our yachts
And the wind was just rubbish, never more than eight knots
But at the end of the day it was probably right
That the overall winner was a chap called Sam Knight.

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Overall Results:

PosHelmSail NoClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1Sam Knight335BARTLEY‑4211116
2Steve Bolland411BRISTOL CORRINTHIAN YC3122‑10311
3Luke Pepper518HYKEHAM SC‑116434522
4Tim Keen328SHEFFIELD VICKING SC1335‑111123
5Steve Sallis476HYKEHAM SC2‑10843623
6Alistair McLaughlin490PRESTWICK108‑1582230
7Stuart Hopson383SHOTWICK LAKE(RET)7766430
8Mike Bees520BRIGHTLINGSEA SC12412‑1551043
9Pete Ellis500STEWARTBY WATER8567‑171743
10Dave Acres400EMSWORTH/THORNEY51351015(DNC)48
11Harry McUlcar523DRAYCOTE(DSQ)9111477.548.5
12Mark Peak346AWSC911‑1611131458
13Adam Peak366AWSC61513‑23161262
14Rob Jones480WARWASH SC712918‑221864
15Daniel Davis312DEBEN YC16‑22141291364
16Richard LeMare540BARTLEY14141020‑237.565.5
17Oli Harris513AWSC1316‑211612966
18Alastair Wood422BOUGH BEECH SC171722914(DNC)79
19David Hoveliton433GT YARMOUTH = GORLESTON SC24‑25251381585
20Chris Arnell393CHRISTCHURCH YC‑21202017211694
21Richard Fryer424GT YARMOUTH = GORLESTON SC1918191919‑2294
22Mark Taylor336PRESTWICK‑23191721182196
23Ian Clark527WARWASH SC15231822‑252098
24Edward Adams308DEBEN YC202124(DNC)2019104
25Ian Hearsum438HICKLING BROAD SC18(DSQ)23242423112

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