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International Moth Open at Datchet Water Sailing Club

by Doug Pybus 1 Apr 2017 22:00 BST 25-26 March 2017

Twenty-one boats arrived to glorious sunshine at Datchet, but will a daunting north easterly breeze. The fleet were rigged in the shelter of the foreshore, and somewhat dubious about conditions out on the lake.

Alex Adams was the first to break cover and proceeded confidently downwind. The rest of the fleet watched on for a few minutes before launching, and consequently a few boats missed the start completely. Only Tom Offer was actually on the line at the gun and took the bullet with ease.

R1 results: Tom, Eddie Bridle, Kyle Stoneham, Alex

With a few more boats on the line at the gun, things were a bit tighter in Race 2. Ross Harvey was getting his nose through the tacks more cleanly than the rest of the fleet, with plenty of aborted efforts, dipped wings and capsizes the order of the day.

R2 results: Ross, Jim, Tom, Dan

R3 and damage took out a couple of the front runners - Tom Offer with a detached vang lever, and Jim Macmillan with a ripped sail.

R3 results: Ross, Dan, Doug Pybus, Alex

By race 4 the fleet had thinned out to 7 through a combination of exhaustion and poor wetsuit choice. (Kyle!!;)).

Ross continued his dominance by actually being able to tack in the breeze, with Dan hot on his heels.

R4 results: Ross, Dan, Alex, Doug

This left Ross the overnight leader. Rumours were that the breeze may have hit 28 knots on the course at times. Consensus was that it was easier to get downwind than upwind. That said there were some fairly wide roundings taking place at the leeward mark, and a few choosing to push the eject button on approaching the dam wall. Dan claimed a top speed of the day with a 10 second average of 29.9 knots, although it was boat handling rather than top speeds that had been key to the day.

Sunday started with marginally less breeze, but as the day went on it built to similar to Saturday.

R5 and after an abandoned start (RO having forgot to set the pin end of the line) it was a refreshed Dave Hivey that came out and took race 1 having spent day 1 fixing his boat. Jim back on the water with his patched sail in second.

R5 results: Dave Hivey, Jim M, Ross H, Alex Koukorakis

By race 6 the breeze was starting to increase. Dave was winning until the final leg when he capsized on a tack and Ross got through to take the win.

R6 results: Ross, Dave, Dan, Doug

There were plenty of people capsizing with the gusts and ventilation, but the comedy moment of the day was when Dave Hivey pitch poled upwind in full view of the fleet when his main foil ventilated mid-tack on the port layline, and immediately turning turtle. The front order from day 1 was restored with Ross and Dan out in front.

R7 results: Ross, Dan, Jim, Andrew Jarvis

R8 and as on Saturday the fleet had thinned out again. 10 boats crossing the finish line in a similar order to R7.

R8 results: Ross, Dan, Jim, Kyle

Only 6 boats managed to complete all 8 races, which probably sums up the weekend. Plenty will have woken up with sore bodies on Monday morning but it was a great weekend out.

Many thanks to the race officer and rest of the crew at Datchet,

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8Pts
1st4409Ross Harvey‑9111‑31116
2nd4501Dan Ellis2‑422‑532213
3rd4075Doug Pybus‑10534‑747730
4th4311Alex Adams5‑853‑985531
5th4442Kyle Stoneham47(DNF)(DNC)856434
6th4347Eddie Bridle3‑11‑95669635
7th4278Alex Koukourakis696(DNC)478(DNC)40
8th4309Jim McMillan112(DNF)(DNC)2DNC3343
9th4372James Ross81086‑13‑1211851
10th4279Andrew Jarvis(DNC)127712134(DNC)55
11th4308Craig Burlton71310(DNC)109(DNC)958
12th434Leigh Albrecht(DNC)64(DNC)1110DNCDNC75
13th4434David Hivey(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC12DNCDNC91
14th4386Tom Offer13(DNF)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC92
15th445Ben Clegg(DNC)15(DNC)DNC141110DNC94
16th3837Ands Webb(DNC)1411(DNC)1614DNCDNC99
17th3944Phil Bevan(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNC161210104
18th9Chris White(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC1515DNCDNC118
19th3945Chris Tilbroon(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC132
19th4434David Hivey(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC132
19th4281Nic Strentfeild(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC132

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