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Solo & Laser Open at Harlow (Blackwater) Sailing Club

by Alan Jackson 8 Sep 2005 08:52 BST

Bright sunshine and fair winds brought out the best that the Blackwater has to offer on a gentle flooding tide as the Laser and Solo, Harlow (Blackwater) S.C. open got under way. The club was pleased to see a fleet of old friends and new faces join a small but perfectly formed home fleet. The 20 strong Laser fleet was first away with a keen start followed by the close hard fought 4 race series with much place changing and the usual jolly banter around the Blackwater favoured course (Blackwater Bermudan triangle). Marks Doctor, Coopers, Steeple with the eventual winner being Paul Weeden showing excellent boat handling and tactical wizardry and Brian Sergeant putting in a good consistent score line follow by Dave Griffith who also put in a sound series and narrowly lost the last race.

The Solo Fleet being a gathering of gentlemen, 16 in total, sailed the event with a poetical style of sailing with flowing formation rounding of the marks and precision moves right up to the last race, in which Mr Clark threw first place out the pram, rounding Coopers the wrong way, which was quickly dobbed into the race box by his dear lady wife Mrs Clark who then promptly lost the right to the Chinese take away on the trip home but a good helping of bunny pie. The winner Mark Maskell sailed a good series rounding all the marks in the right direction with Claire Clark in contention all the time and finishing 3rd .

It was a happy event and a job well done by the Club team with special thank to Mrs Henderson for outstanding performance in every department. The H.(B).S.C. opens it’s doors to the Fireball Class on the 17th /18th to finish of this years open events and is looking forward to special entertainment supplied by the home fleet! Now read on...

Overall Results:

Solo Class:

Pos Sail No Helm Club R1 R2 R3 R4 Pts Notes
1st 4571 Mark Maskell Fishers Green SC 2.0 1.0 2.0 1.0 4.0  
2nd 4120 Godfrey Clarke Fishers Green SC 1.0 2.0 1.0 RAF 4.0  
3rd 4215 Claire Clark Fishers Green SC 3.0 4.0 4.0 3.0 10.0  
4th 4247 Mike Taylor Marconi SC 4.0 3.0 3.0 6.0 10.0  
5th 4235 John Burgoyne Marconi SC 5.0 5.0 6.0 5.0 15.0  
6th 3317 Alan Jackson Harlow Blackwater SC 6.0 6.0 7.0 4.0 16.0  
7th 4398 Rod Martin Harlow Blackwater SC 10.0 7.0 9.0 7.0 23.0  
8th 4084 Chris Hutchinson Harlow Blackwater SC 7.0 8.0 11.0 8.0 23.0  
9th 4601 Roger Smith   DNC DNC 5.0 2.0 24.0  
10th 4427 John Strange Harlow Blackwater SC 9.0 9.0 10.0 9.0 27.0  
11th 3609 Ian Henderson Harlow Blackwater SC 11.0 10.0 8.0 10.0 28.0  
12th 4293 John Church Harlow Blackwater SC 12.0 11.0 13.0 12.0 35.0  
13th 3267 S Bright Harlow Blackwater SC 14.0 12.0 14.0 13.0 39.0  
14th 3340 Martin Jarvis   DNC DNC 12.0 11.0 40.0  
15th 4251 John Rutherford Harlow Blackwater SC 8.0 DNF DNC DNC 42.0  
16th 2088 Dennis Harlow Blackwater SC 13.0 DNF 15.0 DNF 45.0  

Laser Class:

Pos Sail No Helm Club R1 R2 R3 R4 Pts Notes
1st 176815 Paul Weeden Maylandsea Bay SC 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 3.0  
2nd 183410 B Sargeant Maylandsea Bay SC 2.0 4.0 3.0 3.0 8.0  
3rd 175686 Dave Griffiths Bewl Valley SC 7.0 6.0 2.0 2.0 10.0  
4th 146904 M Tarling Maylandsea Bay SC 3.0 3.0 5.0 4.0 10.0  
5th 173492 Adrian Degge Harlow Blackwater SC 4.0 5.0 4.0 5.0 13.0  
6th 156417 Peter Carless URM SC 6.0 7.0 6.0 9.0 19.0  
7th 1 Graham Hoy Maldon SC 10.0 2.0 8.0 DNC 20.0  
8th 176825 Malcolm Cross Harlow Blackwater SC 5.0 9.0 9.0 7.0 21.0  
9th 85422 Matthew Pickett Up River SC 9.0 10.0 10.0 6.0 25.0  
10th 182114 Alan Hoy Maldon SC 8.0 11.0 7.0 DNC 26.0  
11th 157408 Martin Cockersole Harlow Blackwater SC 11.0 8.0 11.0 8.0 27.0  
12th 162917 P Wilkinson Maylandsea Bay SC 12.0 12.0 12.0 10.0 34.0  
13th 174116 Ollie Cook Maylandsea Bay SC 13.0 14.0 13.0 12.0 38.0  
14th 9731 Edward Skinner Harlow Blackwater SC 15.0 13.0 14.0 13.0 40.0  
15th 143466 N Longshank   14.0 16.0 15.0 14.0 43.0  
16th 102745 Kevin Whittall Maylandsea Bay SC DNC DNC 16.0 11.0 48.0  
17th 149643 P Spillane Maylandsea Bay SC 16.0 15.0 18.0 DNF 49.0  
18th 61130 Ron Suffield Harlow Blackwater SC DNC DNC 17.0 15.0 53.0  
19th 61130 S Ash   17.0 17.0 DNC DNC 55.0  
20th 75343 Steve Jones Harlow Blackwater SC DNC 18.0 DNC DNC 60.0  

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