Please select your home edition
Edition
upffront 2018 Velocitek Prism 728x90
Product Feature
Zhik Powerpads II - hike harder for longer!
Zhik Powerpads II - hike harder for longer!
Boat Insurance from Noble Marine


Full racing risks
New for old cover
www.noblemarine.co.uk

Laser Midland Grand Prix Round 6 at Blithfield Sailing Club

by Mark Abbey 19 May 2018 07:35 BST 13 May 2018

The event was graced yet again with warm, sunny weather throughout. 31 competitors took to Blithfield's splendid reservoir in a wind that was untypically capricious in both strength and direction. This was to produce compelling racing throughout the day.

It was always going to be a big ask to set a line and beat exactly on the median of such a wind but the PRO got it right for all three races.

If setting the beat was challenging, then sailing it was even more so. There were significant wind shifts all day with many being of the non-intuitive variety. One minute you could feel gleefully assured of arriving at the first mark comfortably ahead of the five nearest boats and then the next minute have to conjure a philosophical acceptance of the exact reverse.

Off-wind it was a similar story. In race 1 you could be planing along happily on a reach only to find yourself almost becalmed on a run on the next leg.

After lunch, races 2 and 3 were held back to back in a wind of reduced strength but still as variable. This favoured the lighter helms of the fleet.

In or out of the prizes, I think everyone found it very pleasant indeed being out on the water and the racing was utterly absorbing from start to finish.

Congratulations to Joe Scurrah of Carsington S C who won the event with two firsts.

Many thanks to PRO Ian McDonald, his assistant Jonathan Gibbons and all the Race Team. Also to Barbara Gibbons, Paula and Phil Mason and everyone on the House Team. Without all their hard work the Lasers would not have been able to enjoy such a memorable event.

Overall Results:

1st Joe Scurrah (Carsington SC) 1 (8) 1, 2pts
2nd Mark Abbey (Blithfield SC) (5) 1 2, 3pts
3rd Craig Williamson (HISC/SHSC) 3 3 (9), 6pts
4th Cameron Smith (Chelmarsh SC) 2 (5) 5, 7pts
5th Paul Williamson (Staunton Harold SC) (4) 4 4, 8pts

1st Radial, Ellie Craig (Draycote SC) 8 11 (12), 19pts
2nd Radial, Jamie Mason (Blithfield SC) (22) 21 22, 43pts
3rd Radial, Lydia Barber (Blithfield SC) 26 24 (29), 50pts
1st 4.7, Sarah Rumball (Ogston SC) 24 (28) 27, 51pts
1st Lady, Heather Matthews (Blithfield SC) (9) 7 8, 15pts
1st Under 21, Dan Johnson (Blithfield SC) (11) 9 3, 12pts

Related Articles

Mitre10 NZ Laser titles: Cashmore on top - Day 3
Two more races were completed in a tricky breeze today in the Mitre 10 Mega NZ Laser National titles Two more races were completed in a tricky breeze today in the Mitre 10 Mega NZ Laser National titles in New Plymouth, to keep the contest bang on schedule. Posted today at 9:53 am
Gladwell's Line: First cross in Cagliari
Another milestone was passed in Cagliari, Sardinia this week with the first two AC75's Another milestone in the 2021 America's Cup cycle was passed in Cagliari, Sardinia this week with the first two AC75's from rival Challengers appearing on the same piece of water, and snapped as they were leaving and entering the boat harbour Posted today at 12:56 am
Mitre10 NZ Laser Nationals: Cashmore leads - Day 2
Another blue sky day with a sea breeze again provided great racing for all fleets on Day 2 Another blue sky day with a sea breeze again provided great racing for all fleets on Day 2 of the Mitre 10 NZ Laser Nationals in New Plymouth. Posted on 17 Jan
Alton Water Frostbite Series week 2
Some vicious gusts of 30+ mph Week two of this popular nine-week series brought a brighter, mild day with the wind from the same direction as the previous week but with more of it, plus some vicious gusts of 30+ mph. Posted on 16 Jan
Leigh & Lowton Tipsy Icicle Week 2
Turnout increases with 80 boats out on the water The number of competitors increased for the second Sunday of the Tipsy Icicle Series at Leigh & Lowton Sailing Club. The forecast of moderate winds down the flash must have got the 80 boats out of bed in the morning. Posted on 15 Jan
2020 Hempel World Cup Series to heat up in Miami
205 sailors from 50 nations will race across seven fleets The Hempel World Cup Series rolls into Miami, in the sunshine state of Florida, USA from 19 - 25 January 2020 for the second instalment of the 2020 Series. Posted on 14 Jan
That man Lilley
Latest Sail-World Australia newsletter from John Curnow When he won the medal race at the recent Finn Gold Cup, it was not some random event. Jake Lilley has been at it for a while. It's called work ethic... Posted on 12 Jan
Almost 100 sailors for Mitre 10 NZ Laser titles
New Plymouth will be hosting another strong fleet of close to 100 sailors for the NZ Laser titles New Plymouth Yacht Club will be hosting another strong fleet of close to 100 sailors aged from 14 to 80 next week for the annual Mitre 10 NZ Laser Nationals Posted on 11 Jan
Alton Water Frostbite Series week 1
51 on the water for the first two races this year With new management at Alton Water Sports Centre, no-one was sure how this popular Frostbite Series would be organised this year, but with some good teamwork a seamless operation was possible. Posted on 10 Jan
Luther Carpenter on the World Cup Series Miami
An interview with Luther Carpenter ahead of the 2020 Hempel World Cup Series Miami I checked in with Luther Carpenter, US Sailing's recently named Olympic head coach, via email, to learn more about his challenges and preparations ahead of the 2020 Hempel World Cup Series Miami. Posted on 8 Jan