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Marblehead Games 1 Open at Chipstead Sailing Club

by Dave Allinson 30 Jan 2019 11:09 GMT 19 January 2019

The day started bright but very cold as the competitors arrived at Chipstead Sailing Club. With boat registration completed and the course laid the briefing commenced at 09:45.

Dave Allinson the PRO welcomed everyone to the club and outlined the days sailing. The Chipstead SC Radio Sailing fleet provided a host of bodies to perform all the duties needed to run an efficient meeting from race officials to observers. Racing commenced just after 10:00 with the breeze from the East South East and averaging about 8 mph.

The course was a windward leeward course over a distance of approximately 150 metres. The mornings racing consisted of seven races with Colin Goodman as the outstanding leader, but with only ten points covering the following four boats. The home based boats were also having a good series with only a handful of point between the three of them.

Lunch was taken at 12:45 with a superb hot sausage and vegetable stew and French bread being very welcome in the cold conditions.

The afternoon race session commenced at 13:45 with Colin Goodman continuing his good run. John Shorrock also maintained his consistency and slowly began to cement his boat into second place overall. Martin Crysell and Trevor Binks battled it out for third and fourth place respectively. After four afternoon races and with the breeze slipping away a halt to racing was called at 15:15hrs.

A special mention should be made of the top home club sailor William Grant who is disabled and sits in a wheelchair, sailed his RM for the first time in some years and finished in a very creditable sixth place. Every one packed away and retired to the club where tea and cake was ready for all to consume. During tea, the results were generated and prizes were presented to the first four places.

Overall Results:

PosSkipperSail NoClub/CityHullPts
1Colin Goodman61Chelmsford MYCGrunge9
2John Shorrock29Datchet Water RSCQuark25
3Martin Crysell52Guildford MYCPrime Number38
4Trevor Binks19Eastbourne MYCPrime Number39
5David Adam46Three RiversPrime Number46
6William Grant73Chipstead SCParadox52
7Phil Holiday66Datchet Water RSCGrunge / Nioutriam54
8Peter Crisp23Chipstead SCStarkers Cubed57
9David Andrews13Chipstead SCGrunge58
10Alf Reynolds142Chelmsford MYCParadox61
11Peter Dunne85RSWStarkers96
12Hugh McAdoo118Datchet Water RSCQuark102

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