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Comet Open at Attenborough Sailing Club

by Roger Day 14 May 2017 23:13 BST 13 May 2017
Chris Hatton wins the Attenborough Comet Open © Louis Mok

The fleet got away in a stiff breeze with just the one boat over the line at the gun. Chris Hatton was first to the windward mark and soon pulled out a strong lead from Eddie Pope and Bob Dodds. Chris held onto the lead but Bob passed Eddie before the end of the first lap. The first Attenborough boat didn't pass through the gate until Jill Reid, a junior sailing a borrowed boat, coming through in seventh place. The first two were never challenged but Eddie Pope lost a further place to John Coppenhall on lap two. However, Eddie fought back and regained third place on the fifth and last lap.

The wind increased a little for race two but the fleet got away to a clean start. This time Bob Dodds was first to complete the first lap with Chris Robinson second and Chris Hatton in third. Saul Tendler and Roger Chilvers both local sailors capsized at the end of the first run and there boats became entangled such that both sailors called it a day and sailed back to the clubhouse. By the end of the second lap Chris Hatton had gained the lead and stayed there to the end. Bob Dodds slipped to fifth place by the end of lap four but then gained two places to finish third. Chris Robinson finished second after a minor slip to third at the end of lap two which didn't last long until be was back into second place.

Race three saw just fourteen starters and once again they all behaved and got away to a first time start. By this time a pattern had emerged and the usual suspects were once again at the front of the fleet. Chris Hatton was in the lead and stayed that way although tactics came into play when approaching the leeward mark on the penultimate lap to get an inside position at the buoy from Bob Dodds. The attack was defended and they finished 1 and 2 respectively. Chris Robinson had been in a solid fifth place until the final lap when he passed Paul Jago and John Coppenhall to finish third.

Overall Results:

PosHelmSail NoClubR1R2R3PtsRegion
1Chris Hatton48Seven SC1112 
2Bob Dodds869CMYC2324 
3Chris Robinson867Burghfield SC5235 
4Eddie Pope804Ogston SC3447 
5John Coppenhall532Hunts SC4759 
6Paul Jago599Attenborough SC75611 
7Tricia Peacock885Arden SC66912 
8Jill Reid441Attenborough SC108715 
9Rhiain Bevan724Cransley SC89816 
10Malcolm Davidson856Attenborough SC9111019 
11Andrew Beaumont556Attenborough SC14101222 
12Bob Ceurstemont648Attenborough SC13121123 
13Paul Smith627Attenborough SC1113DNF24 
14Elizabeth Dauncey607Tamworth SC12DNC1325 
15Catherine Applegate249Attenborough SC1714DNC31 
16Roger Chilvers488Attenborough SC15DNFDNC33 
17Saul Tendler807Attenborough SC16DNFDNC34 

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