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PODD 2018: 50,000 lightning strikes and 6 Fireballs

by Arthur Phillips 31 May 2018 06:47 BST 26-27 May 2018
PODD 2018 © Paignton Sailing Club

PODD 2018, the only sailing event in the south west for solely for double handed dinghies, took place over the bank holiday weekend of 26th/27th May and attracted an eclectic mixed fleet of Albacores, 4000s, RS200s, RS800s, B14s, Ospreys, Merlin Rockets and the largest fleet was 6 of the perennial Fireballs.

Saturday being the better sailing day was warm and sunny with a steady 15knot wind from the north-east, and with a 1.00 pm start time the fleet was sent around a trapezoid course. The 3 planned races for the day were easily run and the fleet returned to shore ready for the included-in-the-entry-fee evening reception and dinner.

Sunday dawned misty and murky with a north easterly, eventually swinging right to an easterly, and it was good to see that the alleged 50,000 lightning strikes overnight in the UK hadn’t deterred any of the competitors whatsoever. Nevertheless the full 3 races were run, albeit a little later than planned before the wind died completely.

The final results were pleasantly mixed with no fleet dominating the score sheet. Overall bragging rights went to Tom Gillard and Geoff Edwards in Fireball 15127 from Sheffield Viking Sailing Club with 3 firsts on the Saturday. 2nd was Jon Turner and Katie Frost in Merlin Rocket 3774 from Lyme Regis Sailing Club with two firsts on the Sunday. 3rd were John Reynolds and Fran Howell in a 4000 from Grafham Water Sailing Club.

Paignton Sailing Club would like to thank PRO for leading the race management team in what turned out to be an excellent event, and all the competitors for turning up too, see you next year and hope you had a great time!

Rank SailNo Helm CrewName Club Class PY R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Pts
1st 15127 Tom Gillard Geoff Edwards Sheffield Viking Sailing Club FIREBALL 953 1 1 1 (3) 2 2 7
2nd 3774 Jon Turner Katie Frost Lyme Regis Sailing Club MERLIN-ROCKET 9 5 3 (8) 1 3 1 13
3rd 4682 John Reynolds Fran Howell Grafham Water Sailing Club LASER 917 3 5 2 2 1 (6) 13
4th 14941 Derian Scott Andy Scott Chew Valley Lake Sailing Club FIREBALL 953 2 2 4 (6) 5 5 18
5th 14928 Anthony Willcocks James Willcocks Portishead Yacht & Sailing Club FIREBALL 953 4 4 (7) 4 4 3 19
6th 3585 John Fildes Charlotte Fildes Alderney Sailing Club MERLIN-ROCKET 9 12 (14) 5 7 4 38
7th 149 Chris Thorne Russell Thorne Lyme Regis Sailing Club FIREBALL 953 6 () 5 9 9 39
8th 145 Christine Slater Graham Slater Paignton Sailing Club FIREBALL 953 7 11 6 (12) 8 42
9th 764 Tony Blackmore Charlotte Cooper Starcross Yacht Club B14 862 (17 DNF) 8 3 13 13 47
th 1312 Mike Murray Pam Murray Tata Steel Sailing Club OSPREY 928 13 (15) 15 8 6 7 49
11th 14889 Barry Smith Rick Spring Thornbury Sailing Club FIREBALL 953 9 9 (12) 11 9 11 49
12th 52 Russell Mead Jo Morrison Hillhead Sailing Club LASER 917 14 7 (16) 14 11 8 54
13th 2999 John Maynard Morag Aiken Paignton Sailing Club 19 8 12 13 7 (17 DNC) 17 DNC 57
14th 4546 Tim Litt Charlotte Heffernan Rutland Sailing Club LASER 917 15 13 11 (17 DNF) 12 12 63
15th 21216 Tony Procter Emily Procter Paignton Sailing Club 19 11 6 14 (17 DNC) 17 DNC 17 DNC 65
16th 14789 Hannah Showell Gordon Finlay Starcross Yacht Club FIREBALL 953 16 9 13 (17 DNC) 17 DNC 65

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