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Harken Winter Series at Largs Sailing Club

by Martin Latimer 4 Dec 2018 07:01 GMT 28 October - 2 December 2018

Now in its fourth year, the Largs SC Winter Series had new and very generous sponsorship from HARKEN including big money vouchers, many prizes and the famous Red Harken Emergency Whistle.

Nearly fifty competitors enjoyed the new format of an early start, breakfast rolls, up to three races over six Sundays and hearty hot-pots post race. Class 1 sailed windward-leeward and triangular courses, while Class 2 had longer purely windward-leeward courses.

The single-handers flocked to Class 1, with a mix of boats including 10 D-Zeros, 6 Lasers, 7 Toppers and a even a flock of Oppies.

The weather was full of variety with 3 of the 18 races being lost to too much wind and 2 to too little, however the racing was hot, often fast and close in both classes.

In Class 1 Storky McLaughlin, Prestwick SC, sailing a D-Zero flew from the start dominating most of the racing, counting mostly 1sts and 2nds. For a good while Jon Basset, Largs SC, looked as if he'd keep the pressure on for a solid 2nd overall, however despite numerous trips to clean his tramps (and winning the Harken Emergency Whistle as a result).

Paul Hignet of Loch Lomond in, on or hanging on to his low rider Moth sailed well in the mixed conditions to finish 3 points behind Alistair McLaughlin with Jon finishing 3rd. Interestingly the growing fleet of DZeros took four of the top five places.

In Class 2 WIllie Todd of Largs SC in a Solo was also dominant giving a sailing lesson to the rest of the fleet with Andrew Malone also of Largs Sc in an RS200, crewed by Ashleigh Brown finishing 7pts behind. 3rd was Martin Faulkener and Bill Forsyth from Largs in an RS200 drawing with Andrew on 7pts, losing out on countback.

All in all it was a fantastic series, made better for the generosity of Harken and the Largs Chandlers Prize-Giving Tea and Mince Pies.

Largs SC have enjoyed 50 entries for the last two winter series and judging by the enthusiasm from this year's competitors open events will be getting more popular at the club.

Sailing recommences with a New Year's Race on 6th January and a five-week Spring Series starting on 3rd March.

Overall Results:

PosClassSail NoClubHelmCrewNamePYR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10R11R12R13Pts
Class 1
1stDEVOTI D‑ZERO22PSCAlistair McLaughlan 1029111(DNC)(DNC)‑211‑6‑32(DNC)29
2ndMOTH LOWRIDER3029Loch LomondPaul Hignett 980(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)111‑321‑73(DNC)312
3rdDEVOTI D‑ZERO150LSCJon Bassett 10292‑32‑42‑323‑711(RET)‑513
4thDEVOTI D‑ZERO265LSCBilly McCarlie 1029‑523‑6‑8(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)4241420
5thDEVOTI D‑ZERO57LSCMartin Latimer 1029444(DNC)(DNC)5‑66‑855(RET)‑733
6thSUPERNOVA1108LSCMark Edwards 107585‑1033(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)36(DNC)(DNC)1038
7thRS 300531PSCMark Taylor 972377(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)946(DNC)844
8thDEVOTI D‑ZERO233PSCAlan Henderson 1029685(DNC)(DNC)69.54(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)1250.5
9thRS 100 8.4209LSCSimon Limb 1008(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)1349OODOODOOD(DNC)961.4
10thHADRON H2105LSCChris Nichol 1037(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)RET749.57(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)RETRET67.5
11thLASER 4.7206490LSCBen McDiarmid 12071269(DNC)(DNC)111211(DNF)(DNC)(DNC)RET(DNF)69
12thLASER RADIAL134245PSCSarah Green 1142(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)54OCS118(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)RETDNC93
13thRS 300521PSCEamonn Rankin 972141313(DNC)(DNC)12OCS12(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)1193
14thTOPPER47952LSCKatie McNicol 135811126(DNC)(DNC)1414RET(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)DNF96
15thTOPPER48085LSCEllise Fitzgerald 135879825.5(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC105.5
16thDEVOTI D‑ZERO215 Jonathan Briggs 1029(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)7755RET(DNC)DNCDNC111
17thTOPPER48211LSCCharlotte McNicol 1358161615(DNC)(DNC)1515RET(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)DNF116
19thLASER 4.71853PSCSam Bowyer 1207131511RET(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)DNF(DNC)DNCDNC137
20thTOPPER43842LSCFinlay Herrington 1358101112(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNC13157
21stOPTIMIST3517LSCAnna McDiarmid 1655151416(DNC)(DNC)OOD(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNF163.3
22ndDEVOTI D‑ZERO148A Katie Hughes 1029(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)10810(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC176
24thLASER91325 Iain Wylie 1098(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)161313(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC190
25thOK14Aberdeen and StonehavenKaren Robertson 1104(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCRET1194
27thRS FEVA XL2726PSCJamie Tennant 1240(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)75.5(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC197.5
Class 2
1stSOLO4959LSCWillie Todd 1143111(DNC)(DNC)‑51‑2OODOODOOD‑2(DNC)7
2ndRS 200447LSCA. MaloneA. Brown1046‑5‑4‑4OODOOD33(DNC)112(DNC)(DNS)14
3rdRS 200930LSCMartin FaulknerBill Forsyth1046222(RET)1‑423(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)214
4thA CLASSIRL5LSCHugh Macgregor 684453(DNC)(DNC)164(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)124
5thRS 4001294LSCMike GrantAlan Birse942(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)OODOOD‑655(DNC)23(DNC)OOD26.4
6thCHERUB3218LSCPhil AldersonCarol Alderson9036RETDNS(DNC)(DNC)241(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)330
7thRS 200284LSCPhil AldersonCarol Alderson1046(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)12(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNC1DNC64
9th42041791LSCGavin McGillHarry McGill111173DNS(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC76
10thRS 200951LSCDaniel SmithR Jeffrey1046(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)23(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC80
11thRS 200366LSCCharlie NunnDavid Williams1046(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC1DNCDNC91

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