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Solo Open at Papercourt Sailing Club

by Mike Tozer 27 Sep 2016 15:08 BST 25 September 2016
Papercourt Solo Open © Mike Tozer

Papercourt's Solo Open Meeting – which was part of the Thames Valley and Southern Circuit took place on Sunday 25th Sept with 34 competitors (including 8 visitors). Bill Grose, the Race Officer, warned that any General Recalls would be followed by a Black Flag. This became true on the first attempt to start Race 1 with at least half the fleet over the line. The second attempt saw 3 competitors far too enthusiastic but the rest of the fleet started OK.

From mid-line, Fraser Hayden took the lead to the windward mark followed by Guy Mayger, Martin Frary & Tim Lewis.

At the end of the first lap Fraser still held the lead, with Martin taking 2nd place. The two of them took control from the front, with all the rest of the competitors getting used to the shifty, gusty wind.

On the final lap, Tim overtook Guy to take a well-earned 3rd place and Paul Robinson took Rob Cook for 5th

Race 2

With only 2 of the fleet OCS, the rest got away cleanly on the first attempt, however Fraser managed to get tangled up at the start and was away almost last. Martin took full advantage and roared into a lead which he was not going to relinquish. By the end of the first lap Guy was 2nd with Patrick Fell 3rd, Andrew Boyce 4th and Sam Tozer 5th.

On the last lap, Guy and Patrick dropped down the fleet while Fraser ripped from15th at the end of the first lap to finish 4th. Andrew took 2nd and Paul 3rd with Sam a consistent 5th

A super lunch (cooked by competitor Dave Mitchell) was provided from the galley for all the competitors and support crew.

Race 3

After his bad start in race 2, Fraser was hot off the line and sailed cleanly to take the lead closely followed by Martin, Andrew, Guy and Sam.

In the top 5 of this race, only Guy and Andrew changed places for the first 3 laps despite furious tacking and gybing duels, which looked OK for Fraser until a gear problem cost him about 30 secs. In this time his competitors showed no mercy and he dropped from 1st to 4th which he held to the end. Patrick had a great lap 3 to climb from 11th to 7th and then up to 6th on the final lap to finish just behind Sam.

Race 4

With a 2 1 1 score line, Martin was assured of the Open Meeting victory before the last race, but it was still all to play for, with Andrew still counting his disappointing first race 15th place.

At the end of the first lap, Simon Derham lead the field with Andrew hot on his heels, Guy in 3rd, Martin in 4th and Tim in 5th.

On the second lap, Andrew took the lead and held on for the race win. Simon held on to 2nd place with Guy and Martin following. Paul had a great last lap, pulling up from 7th to finish 5th and just as Tim looked assured for 6th, an overly early tack saw him infringe Sam and drop one place.

The usual Papercourt tea and cakes were very welcome to all the competitors after such a great day's racing. PSC Commodore, Frank Brown, presented all the Open Meeting prizes. He also presented the Thames Valley Trophy to Tim Lewis who had shown great consistency throughout the season.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4Pts
1st5583Martin FraryWestern211‑44
2nd5666Andrew BoycePapercourt‑152316
3rd5080Fraser HaydenPapercourt144‑89
4th5691Guy MaygerFelpham4‑12239
5th4973Paul RobinsonPapercourt53‑10513
6th5393Simon DerhamLittleton7‑87216
7th5065Sam TozerPapercourt‑855616
8th5561Tim LewisIsland Barn3‑118718
9th5678Patrick FellPapercourt‑996924
10th4741Steve JonesLittleton‑177111331
11th5540Godfrey ClarkFishers Green‑191091534
12th4904T PalmerUpper Thames1013‑171437
13th5168Jonathan OtterPapercourt‑2215151040
14th5058Mark CarletonPapercourt‑1816121240
15th4857Mike HodgesPapercourt13‑17141643
16th5202Frank BrownPapercourt12(RET)221145
17th5115Tom KeyPapercourt141813(DNC)45
18th5689Rob CookNorthampton66(DNC)DNC47
19th4818John HawesPapercourt1619‑211853
20th5085John BaplePapercourt‑2721182059
21st4419Ian BrooksPapercourt1114(DNC)DNC60
22nd22Mike HaliburtonPapercourt‑2120192160
23rd4874Richard MayPapercourt(BFD)22202264
24th4272David MitchellPapercourt23(RET)231965
25th4454Staz LawickiPapercourt(BFD)RET161768
26th4846Dave WelchPapercourt‑2424242371
27th5105Kevin MannPapercourt(BFD)26262476
28th5256John PantingPapercourt(RET)28252578
29th4824Amer SarssamPapercourt2523(DNC)DNC83
30th3935Martin SmithPapercourt2825(DNC)DNC88
31st5693John PrestonPapercourt20(DNF)DNCDNC90
32nd4540Roy BaldwinPapercourt2927(DNC)DNC91
33rd4227James CarletonPapercourt26(DNC)DNCDNC96
34th4155Charles ForemanPapercourt(RET)DNCDNCDNC105

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