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RNLI Sprint Trophy at Scaling Dam Sailing Club

by Lucy Lingard 9 May 2018 06:39 BST 5-6 May 2018

The weekend of 5th & 6th May was the second of the Scaling Dam Sailing Club Trophy Weekends, with the first having been held over Easter. The RNLI Sprint Trophy consisted of short general handicap races, each around 20 minutes long.

In bright sunshine with the wind blowing straight down the lake the first 2 races were held on a triangle course giving the spinnaker boats some enjoyable reaches. Half way through the second race the wind dropped away to nothing, coming back suddenly from the south.

After a quick break the next 2 races were held on a windward/leeward course. The short course meant hard work for everyone including the Race Committee who had a job keeping track of who was on which lap. As the fleet headed in for lunch the hottest competition for places was in the Topper 4.2 fleet with 3 points separating Erin Young, Tom Hunt and Sophie Brining.

Over lunch the decision was taken to drop the final race from the program and run three back to back races on a figure 8 course. While this should have suited the spinnaker boats it was not always possible to fly the spinnaker on the tighter reach, so a single shift or gust could make a big difference to places in each race.

The event was won by Barrie Thornton and Nick Hunt (RS400), with Lisa Metcalfe (Laser Radial) in 2nd and Paul Souter (Phantom) in 3rd. Top Junior was Nicky Jackson (Topper) in 7th place and the Novice award went to Will Howard (Optimist) in 15th. The capsize award went to Tom Hunt, who managed to lose his rudder!

Overall Results:

PosClassSail NoHelmCrewPYR1R2R3R4R5R6R7Pts
1stRS 4001437B Thornton / N Hunt 942-0.750.75(DSQ)0.750.750.750.753.75
2ndLaser Radial164818L Metcalfe 1142-422(DNC)22311
3rdPhantom1411P Souter 999(DNC)-103235215
4thStreaker1945Z Meynell 1128(DSQ)-50.75353415.75
5thLaser168962S Brisley 1098-7-75566729
6thRS 200255A YoungS Young10466378-11-9630
8thLaser12557M Jackson 1098-846787-1332
7thTopper31711N Jackson 13585-1410-1744932
9thLaser 4.7183312A Brining 120796497-10-1035
10thFireball14845K CaushJ Pearse9532.512-14(DNF)128539.5
11thAlbacore5122T Howard 1038108869-11(DNC)41
12thBlaze806D Hodgson 10272.59134(DNC)(DNC)DNC51.5
13thRS 400534N McCormackH McCormack942111111-13(DNC)13854
14thBlaze777S Fletcher 1027(DNC)(DNC)121110121257
15thOptimist7W Howard 165513131610-17-181668
16thTopper 4.242433E Young 141614-16-151413141469
18thTopper 4.244417S Brining 14161615-1715-19161173
17thLaser180946A Boland 1098(DNC)(DNC)91616171573
19thTopper 4.2 T Hunt 141615(DNF)-181215151774
20thTopper 4.232637S Hunt 1416(DNC)(DNC)191818191892
21stTopper36396A Barker 13581217(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNC98
22ndFireball14940G BoothM Sowerby953(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC14DNCDNC106

The next Trophy Event is the club regatta on the 9th & 10th June. Full Trophy Weekend results can be found at

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