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Fireball Gul Golden Dolphin Series Round 2 at Blackwater Sailing Club

by Dave Hall 1 May 2018 10:47 BST 28-29 April 2018
Fireball Gul Golden Dolphin Open at Blackwater © Kate Stewart

Blackwater SC hosted the second Round of the Gul Golden Dolphin series over what turned out to be a weekend when winter had returned.

Saturday brought a dull misty drab day with a light Northerly breeze which proved patchy and shifty. This along with the tide seem to have little benefit for the majority of the locals! Three races were held with results that will look puzzling to anyone reading this. Dave Hall & Paul Constable won the first race of the day after the boats around did not see the S flag and decided to carry on racing.

Sam Mettam & Tim Saunders led the second race with a huge gap only to find they were OSC allowing Derian and Andy Scott to take first place. For the final race of the day it was Mark Maskell & Nigel Sheppard who got the jump on the fleet and led to the finish. With Derian & Andy leading overnight it was the steady sailing of Kevin Hope & Russell Thorne that was to stand them in good stead for the second day.

Sunday gave a fresh cold Northerly breeze blowing straight across the estuary, good for some but a challenge for many. DJ Edwards & Vyv Townsend took an early lead only to have gear failure allowing The following bunch of Dave & Paul, Kevin & Russell and Isaac Marsh & Oliver Davenport to have a great race with Dave & Paul coming out in front to take the gun. As the breeze built for the last race DJ & Vyv made no mistakes – lead out of the start and opened up a sizable lead while the following pack raced it out.

With an impressive and pretty much the only steady score on the board, Kevin & Russell took the overall top spot without winning a race.

In the Silver fleet is was Isaac March & Oliver Davenport who steadily improved through the weekend to take top spot and in the Bronze fleet top spot was taken by Mia Walsh & Peter Bentley.

Big thanks to the club and their volunteers and of course Gul for their very generous prizes.

Overall Results:

PosFleetSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1stGold15133Kevin HopeRussell ThorneNotts County SC23‑83412
2ndGold15122Dave HallPaul ConstableBSC1‑1191314
3rdGold14941Derian ScottAndy ScottCVLSC3158‑917
4thGold15066Mark MaskellNigel SheppardBSC651‑7618
5thGold15124Peter KyneTom KyneBrightlingsea SC4‑935719
6thGold15073Sam MettamTim SaundersPapercourt SC9(OCS)22821
7thSilver15070/15143Isaac MarshOliver DavenportNorthampton SC13‑1664225
8thGold15144D J EdwardsVyv TownsendBough Beech SC7144‑16126
9thSilver15145Steve GoacherTom GoacherHISC54713(DNF)29
10thGold15107Richard CornesJames GoodfellowHISC‑127126530
11thSilver15148Brian SargeantWill SargeantBSC112159(DNF)37
12thSilver14905Charlie StewartMalcolm GreenBSC‑141213101045
13thBronze14982Maia MarshPeter Bentley 1013‑16141148
14thSilver15102Martin ScarthRorie AshBSC881717(DNF)50
15thSilver14882Andy TaylorNikki TaylorBSC16‑1710111350
16thSilver15041Maria RichardsGraham HoyBSC(RET)619151252
17thBronze14889Barney SmithRick SprinenThornbury SC171514‑181460
18thBronze14857George WhitchurchAngela DochertyBSC151020(DNF)DNC67
19thBronze13151Dan JohnsonLyda Barber 19181119(DNF)67
20thBronze14398Ian JohnsonNicky JohnsonBSC18191812(DNF)67
21stBronze15058Brett TownsendDave NichollsBSC(DNF)DNCDNCDNFDNC88

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