Please select your home edition
Edition
Craftinsure 2012
Product Feature
Gill Pro Hikers (DG4923)
Gill Pro Hikers (DG4923)

National Solo Open at Dell Quay Sailing Club

by Mark Harper 5 Jun 2018 17:39 BST 2 June 2018
Nick Bonner wins race 1 in the Dell Quay Solo Open © Becki Dicker

Dell Quay Sailing Club was host to the next round of the National Solo Open Sea and Southern series. Eleven Solos from the host club joined 19 visitors from clubs as far away as Salcombe and Weymouth.

With a later than normal start (13:30 the first race) competitors started arriving from 10:30 onwards, and were greeted with the smell of bacon butties from the Dell Quay SC galley. (This seems be to the staple diet of Solo open meeting competitors...)

The forecast was encouraging, with a building SW breeze combined with hot and sunny conditions, blue skies, set against the background of Dell Quays scenic location. The race officer for the event, Steve Sampson set a typical windward / leeward course with bottom gate. This course allowed a windward & downward legs of approx. 1km in length.

Race 1

Wind SSE 10 knots. A couple of individual recalls and the fleet set off. First to the windward mark was local hero Roger Puttock with fellow club sailor Mark Harper right behind his transom. Up the second beat Harper went ahead at the windward mark, but then proceeded to have a major navigation failure and missed the small windward spreader mark and had to beat back to the mark and re-round dropping him down the fleet. Meanwhile Nick Bonner had now found another gear (or cigarette) and took race 1, with Nigel Thomas (Hill Head) and Simon Derham (Littleton SC) third.

Race 2

The wind had now increased to 12 knots and swung to the SW, the Race officer moved the windward mark and made the windward leg slightly longer. With a slight starboard end line bias, Harper (now in the over 60's Grand Master class) started right by the committee boat end, tacked right, and was gone - and was last seen at the finish - 3 laps later.... 1st Mark Harper – Dell Quay SC 2nd Fraser Hayden - Papercourt SC and 3rd Nick Bonner Hayling Island SC

Race 3

Wind was still 10-12 knots, SW. A port end bias, with now an ebb tide under the fleet. With time and tide in short supply, the Race Office shorted the course to 2 laps. Bonner was over the line and failed to return, leaving the rest of the pack to fight it out. Andy Wyland (Lymington Town SC), took the bullet, with silver position to Andrew Boyce (Papercourt SC) and bronze went to Fraser Hayden (Papercourt SC)

Thanks to Dell Quay SC for the splendid race organization, beach team, top bacon butties, afternoon tea/cake, and thanks to Rooster Sailing for supporting the event with additional prizes presented by Gordon Barclay, the National Solo Class Chief measurer.

Overall Results:

PlaceSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3Points
15705Nick BonnerHISC13(OCS)4
25381Fraser HaydenPapercourt-6235
35059Mark HarperDell Quay Sailing Club-12167
45393Simon DerhamLittleton SC35-98
55796Andy WylandLymington Town SC-9819
65670Nigel ThomasHill Head2-1079
74561Roger PuttockDell Quay Sailing Club46-810
86000Doug LattaHISC / Porchester7-13411
95744Iain McGregorSalcombe YC57-1512
105715Nick MardenBough Beech SC-1341115
115784Lawrence CreaserHISC10-11515
125666Andrew BoycePapercourt(RET)14216
135570Malcolm BuchananLymington Town SC8-121220
145130Mark LeeWeymouth-1891322
154942Roger MillettChichester Yacht Club1115-2026
165575Paul TrevanFrensham Pond17-211431
174454Stas LawickiPapercourt1616-1932
184812David MaltbyDell Quay Sailing Club(RET)241034
194811Fred HilgersDell Quay Sailing Club1420(DNS)34
205608Simon VerrallDell Quay Sailing Club-19191635
215237Derek JackmanChichester Yacht Club-20171835
225432Mike ShawDell Quay Sailing Club1522-2437
235262John PurdyDell Quay Sailing Club22-251739
244395Graham DaltonDell Quay Sailing Club-23182240
254707Richard BridgmontDell Quay Sailing Club25-262146
264957David SwiftDell Quay Sailing Club21-282546
275352Mike WilkieDesborough SC2623(DNS)49
285124Nicki BuchananDell Quay Sailing Club-27272350
295471Richard EdeDell Quay Sailing Club24(DNS)DNS55
304659Simon de LisleNSCA(RET)DNSDNS62

Fraser Hayden - First Master
Mark Harper - First Grand Master

Related Articles

Busy Year Ahead at Shustoke Sailing Club!
Welcoming old and new fleets to their waters Shustoke Sailing Club has a busy year of open events coming up, welcoming old and new fleets to our waters... Posted on 18 Mar
Ovington Boats going from strength to strength
We speak to Nathan Batchelor at the RYA Dinghy Show 2019 Mark Jardine of YachtsandYachting.com speaks to Nathan Batchelor about all the latest at Ovington Boats, including updates on the 505, 29er and VX-One classes and some of the traditional UK dinghy classes that they build. Posted on 4 Mar
Hyde Sails at the RYA Dinghy Show 2019
We speak to Nigel Grogan and Richard Lovering We speak to Hyde Sails Managing Director Nigel Grogan and Sail Designer Richard Lovering about some of the classes they are concentrating on for the 2019 season and the refinements they are making to keep them at the top of the fleets. Posted on 3 Mar
Long Live the National Solo!
Doug Latta reflects on his first six months as NSCA President Having bought my first Solo in June 2014, and doing my first Nationals in July 2016, it still seems part of a dream that two years later I became the President of one of the most active and widely sailed Classes in the UK. Posted on 27 Feb
Noble Marine Solo Winter Championship
51 visitors from as far afield as Ireland arrived at Chew Valley Lake What a difference from this time last year the the Beast from the East was just beginning to arrive here in the UK. Saturday morning arrived with cloudless skies and spring like temperatures. It was going to be a beautiful day. Posted on 25 Feb
Noble Marine Winter Championship Preview
Season begins this Saturday at Chew Valley Lake The National Solo season begins this Saturday at Chew Valley Lake S.C. and with a very promising forecast, a large and talented fleet is anticipated. Posted on 20 Feb
A Huge Season Ahead for the National Solo Class
All set for 2019 at the NSCA The NSCA press room has been quiet for some time and while I like nothing more than "bigging up" the Solo class and making the sailors sound like heroes, the seasonal break does at least provide a welcome reprieve for my laptop. Posted on 29 Dec 2018
From Theory to Practice
The Hard Route to Ultimate Boatspeed We speak to Hyde Sails' Nigel & Jack Grogan. It has been noticeable that their strategy for the last four years has been to concentrate on specific dinghy and small keelboat classes, making sure they are getting it right. Posted on 14 Dec 2018
Leigh & Lowton Revett Series day 5
The best conditions of the series as 42 boats hit the water The final weekend of the 2018 Revett Series saw the best conditions so far as 42 boats hit the water on bright but chilly day. Posted on 10 Dec 2018
Leigh & Lowton Revett Series day 4
Excellent racing conditions for the 45 boats 45 boats took to the water for the 4th week of the Revett winter series at Leigh & Lowton Sailing Club. Another week of classic conditions; this time 8-14 knots from the the SW gave competitors some excellent racing conditions. Posted on 5 Dec 2018