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Comet Trio Inland Championship at Llangorse Sailing Club sponsored by Noble Marine

by Tracie & Adrian Padro 10 May 2018 09:21 BST 5-6 May 2018
Comet Trio Inlands at Llangorse © Patricia Padro

The Comet Trio Inlands Championship, sponsored by Noble Marine, took place in glorious sunshine at Llangorse Sailing Club in light breezes over the bank holiday weekend.

A fantastic turnout of 15 Trio's, with a mix of original and new rigs, took part in the 2 day event set in the idyllic surroundings of Llangorse Sailing Club. The race office and his team hosted an excellent event and 5 races were sailed over the course of 2 days.

After a short postponement, the starting sequence began which caught a few trio's out who had left the starting area to take in the wonderful views of the surrounding area. Adrian and Tracie Padro took the win against a very competitive fleet with positions changing throughout the race in the light and fickle winds, highlighted by David Talbot's ability to fly his spinnaker, in part, on all legs of the course!

Andrew and Caroline McAusland in their brand new Peak Dinghy built Comet Trio (Bounty) scored a 2nd place with Darren and Sharon Padro taking 3rd place (and 1st original boat).

Race 2 and a win for Adrian/Tracie and another 2nd place for Andrew/Caroline with Bob and Colette Horlock taking 3rd place (and 1st original rig).

Race 3, saw 1st and 2nd places remaining the same with Steve Ashford and Martin Yeomans securing 3rd place.

The fleet retired to shore to attend for AGM and a delicious meal prepared by the wonderful Llangorse galley team.

During an emotional AGM, David Talbot was thanked as he stepped down after 18 years as Chairman of the Comet Combined Association. In recognition of the David's leadership and dedication over these years, a new David Talbot National Championship Trophy is to be awarded at this year's event, to be held at Exe Sailing Club.

Day 2, and record breaking temperatures ensured another glorious day lay ahead. With very little wind, race 4 was postposed allowing time for some fine tuning. With Andrew/Caroline requiring a win to keep the pressure on Adrian/Tracie, a change in mast set up took place which seem to have the right effect as they took 1st place. Adrian/Tracie were 2nd which meant an overall win and they retained the Inland championship trophy. Rex and Sue Frost were 3rd.

Race 5, a short windward/leeward course meant the start was even more important and perhaps the reason several boats were OCS including Darren and Sharon Padro, Bob/Colette and Steve/Martin. Adrian and Tracie led to the first mark and held this position to the finish line, with Andrew/Caroline only one boat length behind. David and Sholto Talbot had their best result and finished 3rd (and 1st original rig).

Close and enjoyable racing took place across the entire fleet.

Overall Results:

PosHelm and CrewRig
1Adrian and Tracie PadroNew
2Andrew and Caroline McAuslandNew
3Steve Ashford and Martin YeomansNew
4Bob and Colette HorlockOriginal
5David and Sholto TalbotOriginal
6Rex and Sue Frost New
7Darren and Sharon PadroOriginal
8Callum Padro and Rory BushOriginal
9David Morgan and Katherina Turner Original
10David and Chris MayneOriginal
11Godfrey and Jan AyresOriginal
12Ian and Mary UptonOriginal
13Chris and Ryan PadroOriginal
14Ben Williams and Peter ThomasOriginal
15Simon and Lou DolicznyOriginal

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