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2ndhanddinghies RS200 Ugly Tour at Thornbury Sailing Club

by Pete Vincent 14 Sep 2016 15:55 BST 10 September 2016

Of local hero, 8 year old and cakes

It was a new venue for the 2ndhanddinghies RS200 SW Ugly Tour when twelve visiting boats joined the seven home boats for round 4 of the 2016 Ugly Tour at Thornbury SC on Sept 10th.

Thornbury SC is a delightful club on the Severn Estuary 3 miles away from the old Severn Bridge. Interesting tide with the need to play chicken with how close you went to the shore at times (as this reporter found to his cost when wedging himself aground in race 1 much to the amusement of those in the club house). Thornbury were to prove the most friendly of hosts.

The wind never played ball as per the forecast, staying annoyingly on the light side from the north, but race officer Paul Craig did well to get three good races in. Race 1 and 2 were held in 4-7 knots with the beat with the tide which saw a few boats being swept over the line to OCSs. It was a balancing act on the run to get in against the shore and cheat the tide but with less wind or stay further out in the better breeze.

Race 3 and the tide had turned, the wind threatened to fade to nothing during the race leaving the fleet short tacking up the bank before they said hello to the Severn Bridge! Fortunately enough breeze filled back to bring the fleet home.

Local heroes Nick and Indigo Smith showed remarkable down wind touch and feel to win the first two races in fine style. They finished second in race 3 to James George and his 8 year son Harry who could well have provided an overall challenge if it was not for OCS score in race 1.

The consistent Roger/Lucy Phillips and John Teague/Kerry Pinker (another to run aground) were tied in second overall with the Phillips taking the tie on better last race. 4th overall was young Harry struggling to hold all his prizes. First in silver was another local hero John/Sally Harvey in 6th overall. Victoria Upton/Jess Harding just won bronze from Sue Brannum/Mike Provan.

After sailing a very nice lady walked around the dinghy park to tell us all there was free tea and cakes. Now anyone who knows the reporter will know he has sampled plenty of cakes and what a spread this was to prove (coffee and walnut particularly yummy); Exe SC north face of the cake mountain you now have serious competition!

With two events left on the 2ndhanddinghies Ugly Tour it is all to play for. Ed Whitehead/Kate Allam are still sitting pretty in first overall but three boats can still catch them. In silver it is a tight Thornbury fight with the Harvey's only two points ahead of the Smiths. The bronze is equally tight with Pete/Flea Hadderall four points ahead of the youngsters Victoria and Jess. So it's to Starcoss on Sept 24th.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3Pts
1st379NICK SMITHINDIGO SMITHTHORNBURY SC11‑22
2nd1389ROGER PHILLIPSLUCY PHILLIPSBURGHFIELD SC2‑435
3rd1365JOHN TEAGUEKERRY PINKERBRISTOL CORINTHIAN YC32‑75
4th994JAMES GEORGEHARRY GEORGEQUEEN MARY SC(OCS)516
5th1509ALISTAIR NORISHELEN SUMMERSGILLBRISTOL CORINTHIAN YC(OCS)347
6th542JOHN HARVEYSALLY HARVEYTHORNBURY SC4‑6610
7th1466DAVID SWEETDERIAN SCOTTCHEW VALLEY SC5‑8813
8th15PETE VINCENTMAGGIE GARDENLLANDEGFEDD SC‑1411516
9th593TOM SULLYHENRY MORGANTHORNBURY SC‑157916
10th522VICTORIA UPTONJESS HARDINGEXE SC99‑1118
11th519SUE BRANNUMMIKE PROVENBURGHFIELD SC812‑1520
12th1364JOE STANSFIELDJAMES WILLIAMSCHEW VALLEY SC11‑141021
13th1330PETE HADDRELLFLEA HADDRELLBURGHFIELD SC7‑151421
14th791CAM WEBBERTIM WEBBERTHORNBURY SC1210‑1322
15th1342SARAH GREENDAVID GREENLLANDEGFEDD SC10‑171222
16th361GRANT BOORERJONATHAN CARRSTARCROSS YC616(DNF)22
17th504TIM UNERMANSARAH MADDISONTHORNBURY SC1313(DNF)26
18th835GARY PROSSERLINDA PROSSERTHORNBURY SC1618(DNF)34
19th1060STEVE HOBBSJIM STORRARTHORNBURY SC(DNF)19DNF39

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