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Noble Marine 2000 Southern Travellers Round 2 at Bough Beech Sailing Club

by Richard Hudson 16 Jun 10:30 BST 9 June 2018
2000 Southern Travellers at Bough Beech © Kevin Powley

Bough Beech SC held a very well attended open meeting on Saturday June 9, with 17 boats coming to the line. Many of these were visitors and so this is much appreciated. It was a beautiful sunny day, but unfortunately the wind didn't really come out to play being a very fluky force 1-2 from the North East.

Dave Derby the race office set a simple windward leeward with split leeward marks and then the fleet was off. The first race being a race long battle between three boats, Simon Horsfield & Katie Burridge, Richard Hudson & Elliot Marks, and Rob & Gemma Burridge. Eventually Simon & Katie took a comfortable win from Richard & Elliot.

The second race was enlivened by a huge shift to the right after the gun, so much so that Simon & Katie had their kite up before the windward mark! Bruce Kidd & Tess Sadowski actually led at the mark however. Again after much place changing Richard & Elliot held on for the win from Simon & Katie followed by the Chris & Gill Jordan.

With all to play for the fleet broke for a very relaxed lunch in the sunshine.

Come the third race and we found the wind had shifted to the east and dropped. Big holes in the wind were all over the course. In the third race the evergreen Burridges showed their class by spinning out an imperious win, with the Chris & Gill in second holding off Simon & Katie in third.

With all to play for we had the fourth race. This time another huge shift to the right about five seconds before the start meant booking your space on the line and tacking on the gun. Scrappy! Richard & Elliot managed to squeeze into the lead at the windward mark, only to promptly fall into a big hole and be run over in the rush from behind... Eventually Simon & Katie sailed away to a good win. Richard & Elliot chose the wrong leeward mark to sail round and dropped from second to fourth, with the Burridges and the Jordans profiting.

And that was it. A nice relaxed tea and cake was held on the club balcony.

Overall Results: (top three)

1st Simon Horsfield & Katie Burridge
2nd Rob & Gemma Burridge
3rd Richard Hudson & Elliot Marks

With thanks to Noble Marine for their series sponsorship.

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