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Thames Valley Area Enterprise Series 2018

by David Beaney 21 Nov 2018 10:42 GMT
Enterprise open meeting at London Corinthian © Caroline Simonds

This year's Thames Valley Enterprise series involved open meetings at ten clubs and 59 different boats competed, many only in their home event. Aldenham and King George have joined the series, both are joint meetings with the Eastern Area.

The key to a good open meeting turnout remains having a good turnout from your home fleet – we welcome guest appearances from home club sailors who might not normally sail Enterprises. The number of travelling sailors has fallen this year with only six competitors travelling to at least one event beyond their home club, although four of these did at least four events and so qualified for the Thames Valley Bowl.

Open meeting turnout was highest at Aldenham Sailing Club with 14 participants; London Corinthian, Hampton and Frensham Pond all had at least 10 competitors.

Last year we instigated a Champion Club trophy, acknowledging both Open meeting attendance and the number of travellers from that club to other open meetings (travelling attendance counting double). The 2017 winners were Minima Yacht Club, but for 2018 I am pleased to announce that London Corinthian Sailing Club are Champion Club, narrowly beating Lensbury Sailing Club.

South East Area Championships – Frensham Pond Sailing Club

This was sailed in light and variable winds. Coming into the final race any one of 4 boats might have won the trophy. Ann Jackson sealed the championship with a win in the final race.

1st Ann Jackson and Alan Skeens Burghfield Sailing Club
2nd Martin Davies and Rebecca Bradley Rugby and Daventry Sailing Club
3rd Megan and Karen Ferguson Frensham Pond Sailing Club

Thames Valley Bowl – Aggregate Trophy - best 4 results from all 10 opens
1st David Beaney and Alison White Wembley Sailing Club
2nd Ann Jackson and Alan Skeens Burghfield Sailing Club
3rd Martin Davies and Rebecca Bradley Rugby and Daventry Sailing Club

River Trophy - Aggregate Trophy – best 3 results from the 5 river meetings
1st David Beaney and Alison White Wembley Sailing Club
2nd Chris Rowsell and various crews Lensbury Sailing Club

Ladies Champion – Awarded to the top lady helm at the Hampton Open meeting
Jane Chambers and Sophie Peerless (they shared helming duties so are joint winners)

Youth Champion – Best performance by a junior sailor at the Hampton Open
Sophie Peerless

Crews Plate – Winning crew in the Thames Valley Bowl
Alison White

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