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Combined Comet Class Inland Championships at Cotswold Sailing Club

by Bob Horlock 30 May 2016 21:41 BST 28-29 May 2016
Comet Trio Inland Championships 2016 © Kathy McCaffrey

The CCCA Inlands, sponsored by Noble Marine, took place at Cotswold Sailing Club over the bank holiday weekend. 12 Comet Trios and 4 Comet Versas competed for the trophies over excellent courses set by race officer Neil Wetherley.

North Easterly F3 or 4 winds enabled the full set of 5 races to be sailed over the 2 days in gusty and shifty conditions.

Trios

Adrian and Tracy Padro from Shustoke SC dominated the weekend winning all 5 races. Despite several different boats holding the lead at times in various races but no one else could manage to be in the lead when it mattered!

They were chased hard all weekend by Stuart and Rory Bush also from Shustoke SC who with 4 second places secured the runners up spot. It was left to Bob and Colette Horlock from Exe SC and Stephen and Helen Whittle from Cotswold SC to battle for 3rd place.

This contest went down to the wire with the outcome depending on who could finish in front in the last race of the weekend. Stephen and Helen and Bob and Colette swapped places all round the course but in the end Stephen and Helen won through to take 4th in the race and 3rd overall.

Versas

John and Jackie Sturgeon from Hawley Lake won four of the five races and despite some remarkably close racing, the last 4 races resulted in wins for John and Jackie, seconds for Anne Higgins of Cotswold SC and thirds for Al Parker.

Adrian Padro thanked Cotswold on behalf of all the competitors for an excellent weekend. The food and hospitality extended by the club had been first class, the organisation of the event had been seamless, the racing fair and well run and the BBQ and quiz night had been great fun. Thank you to our sponsors Noble Marine for the prizes.

Trio Results:

PosSail NoClubHelmCrewR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1st433Shustoke SCAdrian PadroT Padro‑111114
2nd76Shustoke SCS BushR Bush2222(DNS)8
3rd474Cotswold SCSteve WhittleHelen Whittle‑10433414
4th394Exe S CBob HorlockCollette Horlock33‑64515
5th476WhitefriarsSteve AshfordMartin‑8576220
6th365Hawley Lake S T CDavid TalbotJoe Mayne5‑857320
7th385Frensham Ponds S CGodfrey AyresJan Ayres6‑1045621
8th364Cotswold SCSimon DolicznyLou Doliczny49(DNF)8728
9th410Cotswold SCBrian WeatherleyDee Weatherley7699(DNS)31
10th490Cotswold SCMat DolicznyJane Higgins97‑1110834
11th348Hawley Lake S T CChris MayneAnne Mayne‑11111011941
12th357Shustoke SCChris PadroR Padro(DNF)DNF8DNFDNS47

Versa Results:

PosSail NoClubHelmCrewR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1st366Hawley Lake S T CJohn SturgeonJackie Sturgeon‑211114
2nd235Cotswold S CAnn Higgins ‑422228
3rd218Cotswold S CAl Parker 1‑333310
4th224Cotswold S CS CrockerO Crocker3444(DNF)15

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