Please select your home edition
Edition
Ovington 2021 - ILCA 3 - LEADERBOARD

Solution class during the Ovington Inlands at Grafham Water Sailing Club

by Jack Turnball 29 Nov 2017 19:58 GMT 18-19 November 2017

This year's weather was a stark contrast to last year at the Ovington Inland Championships. 5 Solutions arrived to compete at the same time as nearly all other Ovington produced boats types. We were greeted by a sunny morning with near perfect sailing conditions force 3-4. Martin launched and gradually everybody else that had arrived joined him. Sharing the course with Phantoms and Flying 15's, the pre starts were sometimes chaotic but every start ran well.

Race 1 - The first start saw Christian leading around the windward mark closely followed by Jack and Kathryn. Christian and Jack proceeded to pull away from the rest with Martin managing to catch and overtake Kathryn.

Race 2 - Sam arrived before the start of the second race to swell our numbers to 6. This time Kathryn and Jack made the most of a shift that favoured the port side of the course being first around the windward mark. Starting the second lap, the left side appeared to pay again with Jack staying out front as Kathryn graciously made sure nobody felt left out and unfortunately went from front to back. Christian had set his sights on gaining back to back victories and was on the charge. He left it late and on the last beat took the lead despite a last ditch dive to the line by Jack, Christian took his second win.

Race 3 - The third race saw Sam and Christian out the front battling for the win. They managed to keep their lead and fight all the way to the line, with Sam breaking Christian's winning streak and taking the victory. Just behind Jack managed to hold off Martin who was gaining rapidly.

Race 4 - With a few different methods on show to try keep warm whilst waiting for the other fleets to finish, Kathryn decided that the clubhouse was now the place to be. This race saw Christian lead from start to finish with Jack defending from Sam to stay in second place overnight.

Day 2

Race 5 - The dawn of a new day that was unfortunately true to forecast with less wind but on the up side and probably most importantly still dry. Sharing the start line with the Phantoms made the starts much more crowded. The first start of day 2 saw the first general recall as many of the Phantoms crowded the pin and were a long way over (I can't remember if a Solution was over or not). The recall created some confusion as some of the Phantoms were still coming back across the line as the second start went. This made the first beat very hard to see where everybody was but somehow all the Solutions arrived at the windward mark from different directions very close together. Sam, Christian and Martin managed to pull out away from Jack, Kathryn and Kevin. Martin dropped back slightly from the duelling duo up front. Sam managed to hold off Christian to take his second victory of the open meeting. Jack had managed to catch Martin and on the last leg pipped him on the line with Kathryn waiting for any mistake.

Race 6 - This time everybody was just about well-behaved and we got underway. Again Sam, Christian and Martin pulled out a slight lead from Jack and Kathryn. All three were having a great battle and with the wind relatively fickle and shifting about everyone had a chance of making gains if they picked the right way up the beats. Sam again took the win in front of Christian and Martin.

Race 7 - Another recall as the Phantoms got carried away as Christian tried to sail over the top to the pin and they all successfully pushed him over about 15 seconds early, then carried on themselves slightly defeating the object of fighting with a smaller boat I think. The second start was again extremely close but the race officer allowed it. The same trio of Christian, Martin and Sam pulled away and with several position changes as everyone tried to find the fastest route without just following but by now the wind seemed to be fluctuating so frequently that you could gain 2 places then a minute later have lost them again. Christian finished off the weekend taking the victory followed by Martin then Sam.

This meant that Christian retained the Ovington Inland Championship title for the fourth year running and with Sam beating Jack and Martin this means that Sam takes the Traveller series 2017.

Hopefully See You Next Year (that goes for everyone who reads this not just those that are mentioned in the write up).

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7Pts
1st459Christian SmartPembrokeshire Yacht Club11‑212218
2nd450Sam DavyHykeham SC(DNC)31311312
3rd419Jack TurnbullRedoubt Sailing Club22323‑4416
4th456Martin TubbLeigh and Lowton3‑54443220
5th455Kathryn ClarkDelph465(DNC)55530
6th458Kevin ClarkDelph5465(DNC)DNCDNC34

Related Articles

Solution Nationals at Lee-on-the-Solent
High winds at the re-scheduled event After a complete blow-out at Great Yarmouth and Gorleston SC when we first tried to hold the Solution National Championship, the re-scheduled event at Lee-on-Solent SC on 12th & 13th August attracted a dozen mostly local boats. Posted on 15 Aug 2023
Felpham Solution Open
The final race was as good as it gets weather-wise We'd like to start this report by saying that Felpham SC welcomed the Solution fleet once again with wall-to-wall sunshine, perfect breeze and champagne sailing conditions. Posted on 15 Jun 2023
Solution Inlands 2022 at Leigh & Lowton
Very much a game of musical chairs The 2022 Solution Inlands was very much a game of musical chairs. The first race was a taste of things to come, with almost everyone taking a turn in almost every position in the fleet. Except Peter Blackman. Posted on 11 Oct 2022
Solution Nationals at Lee-on-the-Solent
A pleasant breeze allows the full schedule to be completed With the forecast threatening light and variable winds for the whole weekend there was actually a pleasant breeze for most of the races thus allowing a full six race program to be completed. Posted on 13 Aug 2022
2021 Solution Nationals at Great Yarmouth
15 helms race on the sunny Norfolk coast After a grey forecast leading up to the weekend, 15 Solution sailors turned up to a sunny Norfolk coast for the 2021 Solution Nationals hosted by Great Yarmouth and Gorleston Sailing Club. Posted on 7 Sep 2021
Solutions at Burghfield
No-one was expecting to have such great sailing event The forecast was for light winds and rain, no-one was expecting to have such great sailing event. A total of seven races were held in a shifting f2-f3 SSW breeze. Posted on 8 Jul 2021
Solution Open at the Felpham Regatta
Nine Solutions received a very warm welcome Nine Solutions received a very warm welcome and joined the annual Felpham Sailing Club Regatta on 19/20th June for the first Solution open this year. Posted on 23 Jun 2021
Solution Inlands at Glossop
A depleted fleet on Torside Reservoir Blue sky and a moderate breeze from the SW greeted a depleted fleet of six sailors at the Solution Inlands. Two visiting helms, Jack Turnbull from Redoubt SC and Richard Brown from Great Yarmouth and Gorleston made the journey and received a warm welcome. Posted on 17 Sep 2020
Solutions at Northampton
Final event of the 2019 calendar for the class The final event of the Solution calendar this year took place at Northampton SC with a mixed forecast. Eight boats arrived in high spirits with good numbers from the N12, Enterprise & Lark fleets also joining us. Posted on 13 Nov 2019
Solution Inlands at Bala
Many excuses lead to a small fleet A small Solution fleet arrived in Bala ready for the Inlands. Many excuses abounded from hernias to sons getting married and the odd locust storm, so it was left to four eager sailors to fight it out over two days. Posted on 2 Sep 2019