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International Canoe Open & Training Event at Oxford Sailing Club

by Steve Clarke 9 Oct 14:13 BST 5-6 October 2018
International Canoes at Oxford © Rob Bell

The two day event at Oxford has become written into IC folklore as the final celebration of the year for canoe sailing and this year was no exception with twenty boats turning up for a day of short training races and the final premier event of the year on Saturday. With a variety of wind conditions on offer there was something for everyone.

The Friday is popular as a way of experimenting with rigs and boat setup. Under the stewardship of Simon Hotchin a set of short races is an excellent way of improving boat handling, starting and allows experimentation in a competitive environment. This year with legendary Nick Craig joining in, there was some interesting observations to be had on which kit works best demonstrating how small and sometimes subtle changes can have a significant impact on speed with the highly efficient IC rig.

Light conditions persisted but with a severe cold font working its way down from the north overnight, the prospects for Saturday were looking quite different. And so it transpired. The gradient wind at 14mph was almost perfect; sadly the severe and at time viscous gusts were not and created some challenging conditions and a severe test of boat handling and equipment.

Simon was able to get a full race programme of 4 races into the Saturday in somewhat uncomfortable conditions as the air temperature plummeted from 20°C on the Friday to 8°C on the Saturday.

First race saw most the fleet finish but as the cold front progressed southwards the gusts increased in severity taking its toll. A collision put Shaun Anderson out of the running in race 2 which became a big boys race with Rick Bowers ecstatic at being 2nd around the first windward mark as several went swimming.

World Champion Robin showed how skill can overcome leverage with his usual immaculate performance to win overall spoiled only by a capsize early in R2.

A good solid performance from the IC Nethercott division with Martin Robb coming in first.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4Pts
IC Fleet
1st344Robin WoodLlandegfedd1‑2113
2nd338Steve ClarkeLlandegfedd‑81348
3rd340Chris HampeRCYC‑44228
4th328Phil RobinHISC3‑64613
5th326Hugh de LonghCastle Cove977(DNS)23
6th308Rick BowersCastle Cove73(DNS)DNS24
7th319Sean AndersonOxford SC2(DNS)DNSDNS30
8th343Phil AllenChichester SC12(DNS)DNSDNS40
OD Fleet
1st267Martin RobbCastle Cove5‑85313
2nd275Alisdair Alston ‑656516
3rd203Michael BriggCastle Cove‑1198724

PY Results:

PosFleetSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4Pts
1stIC344Robin WoodLlandegfedd1‑2113
2ndIC338Steve ClarkeLlandegfedd‑81348
3rdIC340Chris HampeRCYC‑44228
4thIC328Phil RobinHISC3‑64613
5thOD267Martin RobbCastle Cove5‑85313
6thOD275Alisdair Alston ‑656516
7thIC326Hugh de LonghCastle Cove977(DNS)23
8thIC308Rick BowersCastle Cove73(DNS)DNS24
9thOD203Michael BriggCastle Cove‑1198724
10thIC319Sean AndersonOxford SC2(DNS)DNSDNS30
11thAC288Andy GordonStokes Bay SC10(DNS)DNSDNS38
12thIC343Phil AllenChichester SC12(DNS)DNSDNS40
13thAC310Steve BowenLlandegfedd(DNS)DNSDNSDNS42

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