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Solo Open at Littleton Sailing Club

by Paul Hurn 10 May 2018 07:53 BST 29 April 2018
Race 1 start during the Littleton Solo Open © Anthony Gurr

There was a brisk North Easterly blowing down the lake allowing the OD Dan Goodman to use the whole length of the lake, setting a courses with two beats, a long run and a nice fast reach across the lake, the same course worked for all four races. All the starts got away first time allowing four good races to be held during the day.

Twenty-one boats came to the start for the first race, comprising 12 visitors plus 9 Littleton sailors. Vince Horey (King George SC) quickly took control of the race and pulled out a good lead over the following pack. Tim Lewis (RYA) was second with Fraser Haydon (Papercourt) taking third.

Race 2 followed and again Horey was first to the windward mark and extended his lead as the race progressed. Julian Rickards (Littleton) was second with Hayden again taking third.

The cold breeze had taken its toll and the sailors were now grateful for a short lunch break and a chance to add an extra layer before heading out for the last two races.

After lunch Race 3 and several boats were over the line at the start. None of the perpetrators returned to restart, though Horey who mistakenly thought he was one of them did return and so found himself at the back, a capsize later on did not help and he did well to finish 8th. John Reed (Bough Beech) was first to the windward mark and held on to take the win, Lewis crossed the line second but had been over the line at the start and so it was Hayden who got second place with Andy Hyland (Spinnaker / Lymington Town) taking third.

Race 4 and the wind was strengthening for the first beat and run with a fairly hectic scene at the leeward mark, the wind then moderated for the rest of the race. Horey again capsized and decided to call it a day. Hyland took the win with Reed second and Hayden back in third.

At the halfway stage you would have put your money on Vince Horey to take the event but it was not to be, John Reed with a 1st and 2nd in the afternoon took the win from a consistent Fraser Hayden who had 3 thirds and a second with Vince Horey taking 3rd place overall. Julian Rickards took first home boat overall finishing in 5th place.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4Pts
1st5045J. ReedBough Beach4‑5127
2nd5381Fraser HaydenPapercourt‑33238
3rd5730Vince HoreyKing George Sailing Club118(DNF)10
4th5683Andy HylandSpinnaker/Lymington Town8‑113112
5th5187Julian RickardsLSC52‑17613
6th5393Simon DerhamLSC7‑104415
7th5180Paul PayleIsland Barn96(OCS)520
8th5561Tim LewisRYA24(OCS)1622
9th4932Mike DrayLSC6713(DNF)26
10th5666Andrew BoycePapercourt1196‑1526
11th5771Tim JacksonPapercourt10‑169827
12th4801Godfrey ClarkFisher Green12‑1551229
13th5649Steve BishopGirton(DNF)8121030
14th5597Jonny WellsEssex YC1313‑14733
15th5102Jon JowettLSC‑1912101133
16th4761Richard CambrookLSC‑1414111338
17th4741Steve JonesLSC17177(DNF)41
18th5126Vanda JowettLSC16(DNF)OCS947
19th2952Mark SanckenQueen Mary/Salcombe‑1818151447
20th4758Paul HurnLSC151916(DNF)50
21st3757Stuart ThomsonLSC‑2020181755

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