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Rooster South East Topper Traveller at Tamesis Club

by Carolyne Vines 26 Mar 2018 15:11 BST 24 March 2018

Having experienced sunshine and strong winds the last couple of years, the Toppers this year were greeted by grey skies and an almost flat calm with the odd bit of interest being shown by the light south easterly.

The courses were short - a loop in front of the club. Most of the seventeen strong fleet completed the one round of the first race and only four completed the half lap of the second race. After the break for a very necessary hot lunch of spag bol, the competitors headed out on the river for the third race.

It was obvious as soon as they got on the water that a conventional race was unrealistic. So we opted for a fun race in which any means of propulsion could be used apart from swimming, paddling or pushing along the bank.

Visitors came from HOAC, Island Barn SC, CMYC, Felpham SC, Hampton Pier SC, Silver Wing SC, Chipstead SC, NSBC, Datchet Water SC, Maidenhead SC, which is fantastic.

Winner Leo Wilkinson graciously thanked the Race team - Carolyne Vines, Sue Harris, Richard Harris, Ian Ramage and Ken Duffell, together with the catering team - Lauren, Josefine and Grace.

My thanks to Graham Evans from the SE Topper Area for organising the event from the Topper side, and to Rooster for the great prizes for the first three boats, and the non squad and first Tamesis prize.

Prize Winners:

1st Leo Wilkinson - Maidenhead SC
2nd Aaron Evans - Silver Wing SC
3rd Bill Hudson - NSBC
4th Oliver Watham - Felpham SC
5th James Smageasdale - HOAC
First Non Squad - Felix Sproehnle
First Tamesis boat - Matt Ramage
1st in the fun race – James Crossley

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2Pts
148249Leo WilkinsonMaidenhead112
247780Aaron EvansSilver Wing SC325
348177Bill HudsonNewhaven & Seaford235
446076Oliver WattamFelpham SC549
547654James SmaggasdaleHOAC/Queensmead41822
632145Ben OsborneMaidenhead SC61824
737597Matt RamageTamesis71825
840070Felix SproehnleTamesis81826
947863Rory ClowIBRSC91827
1036316Mathew ValentineTamesis101828
1147099Harry NewtonHampton Pier YC111829
1247725Maisie BristowIBRSC121830
1348232James CrossleyDWSC181836
1344089Orla MclellandDalgety Bay/IBRSC181836
1345047Miles VidlerCMYC181836
1320425Kenneth FreemanHOAC/Queensmead181836
1347834Hamilton RoafChipstead SC181836

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