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Noble Marine Comet Trio Nationals at Exe Sailing Club - Day 1

by Bob Horlock 12 Aug 2016 21:22 BST 12-14 August 2016

The Comet Trio Nationals, sponsored by Noble Marine started in bright sunny conditions at Exe SC today. The 19 entries launched in a gentle F2 NW gradient and sailed out to sea only to be met with a glassy sea state as the sea breeze fought for supremacy.

Fortunately the sea breeze won and the first race started on time in a steady F2-3 southerly. With very light winds forecast for Sunday, race officer Tim Graham changed the schedule to bring forward one race so the fleet sailed 3 triangle, sausage, triangle courses with much changing of places as first one side of the beat paid and then the other.

5 times Nationals Champions, Andrew and Caroline McAusland from Exe SC won all 3 races. Sam and Chris Mayne from Hawley SC sailed beautifully to score 2, 2, 4 to finish in second place overall with Guy Farrant and Graham Sykes also from Exe SC in third place with a 4, 3, 3.

So with more light winds forecast for tomorrow, can anyone challenge the McAuslands to stop them claiming the Trophy for the 6th time?

Results after Day 1:

PosBoat nameSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3Pts
1stPiglet472Andrew McAuslandCaroline McAuslandESC1113
2ndMayniac348Sam MayneChris MayneHawley Lake2248
3rdGo with the Flow428Guy FarrantGraham Sykes/Marilynn BookerESC43310
4thScarlet Lady476Steve AshfordMartin YeomanWhitefriars310215
5thExe t'sea394Bob HorlockColette HorlockESC64515
6thAriel365David TalbotMark McArthurHawley Lake551121
7thTamsyn 2475Tony BrewsterMike Davies/Toby ElliotESC77923
8thKingfisher485Mike WayAnne WayESC861024
9thCirrus364Symon DolicznyNol DolicznyCotswold118726
10thKeiko373John AndrewsMatt AndrewsWhitefriars1213631
11thDash393Symon GarrattDon BlackettESC1391234
12thDaisy443Keith LawsonHazel LawsonESC1414836
13thTatu446Martin LuceAndrew SoperESC9121536
14thWild Thing425Freddie WoodcockDebbie WoodcockESC10151439
15thNo Worries368Nick WebberRichard StradlingESC15111339
16thCeltic Blaze429Ian UptonMary UptonESC16161648
17thGolden Hawk316Stephen SharpHelen HardingESC17171751
18th 389Michael UptonZita MorrisESCDNCDNCDNC63
18thAbigail Rose457Saul Tyler ESCDNCDNCDNC63
18thRed Alert495Patsy DavidTony DavidESCDNCDNCDNC63

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