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Solo Eastern Region Championship at Brightlingsea Sailing Club

by Jarvis Simpson 28 Sep 2018 10:41 BST 15 September 2018

Brightlingsea Sailing Club hosted the Solo Eastern Region Championship on 15th September. The format was three races, back-to-back.

Twenty-two competitors left the club in 10 knots of breeze for the 15 minute sail to the race course.

Dave Gibbons the PRO set a perfect 0.8 mile first beat, with sausage and triangle to follow. The line had a touch of port bias. The efficient course setting was repeated for all three races and was a credit to the experience of Dave and his team on the water.

Racing proved to be very tight with the top ten boats separated by mere boat lengths at the finish of all of the races. Remarkably there was only one general recall across the three races, something of a record for the Solo fleet.

  • Race One was won by Matt Frary, with the eventual championship winner Ewan Birken-Walls in 11th.
  • Race Two was won by Nick Marden with Ewan improving to 4th.
  • Race Three was won by Steve Ede with Ewan in second place, enough to take the Championship from Steve Ede by one point.

The fleet returned back to the club for the prize giving and the highlight of the event - a prize draw for a new HD Maax Sail.

Brightlingsea Sailing Club member John Ball, along with Andy Davis of HD Sails, had organised a new sail draw for all entrants who completed the series. Brightlingsea Solo Fleet members also contributed to the prize.

The winner was Steve Corby of Brightlingsea Sailing Club. Thanks again to HD Sails, John Ball and BSC Solo members.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3Pts
1st5738Ewan Birkin‑WallsGrafham Water‑11426
2nd5804Steve EdeArdleigh SC‑6617
3rd5715Nick MardenBough Beech SC‑9167
4th5717Pete KyneBSC‑5257
5th5797Matthew FraryNorfolk Broads Yacht Club1‑1078
6th5703John BallBSC‑15538
7th5134Robert LaurieHarlow Blackwater SC27‑109
8th5779Mark MaskellBlackwater SC73‑910
9th5723Alan BishopGirton SC3‑111114
10th5181Paul RaysonFishers Green SC / Salomise YC‑1712416
11th5324Steve CorbyBSC‑128816
12th5561Tim LewisRYA413‑1617
13th5406Jarvis SimpsonBSC89‑1317
14th5819Phil StumerRoyal Burnham YC1014‑1724
15th5768Simon MaskellHunts SC14‑201226
16th5582Andrew WilsonMaidenhead SC1315(DNF)28
17th5599David ColonBSC‑18171431
18th6000Doug LattaHaylin Island16‑181531
19th5665Paul AldridgeBSC‑21162036
20th5270Roger EtheringtonBSC‑20191837
21st5535David YoungsBSC19‑211938
22nd5664Dave LugasGrafham Water22(DNF)DNS45

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