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Shotwick Lake Sailing Club Brass Monkey Open Series - Day 1

by Dave Turtle 3 Feb 2019 17:50 GMT 3 February 2019
Shotwick Lake Brass Monkey Open Series day 1 © Geoff Weir

The Artic weather of the previous week failed to deter competitors for the first race of the Brass Monkey series on Sunday 3rd February. There was a fantastic fleet of 24 boats swelled by eight Toppers from the regional training squad.

After removing blocks of ice out of boats and thawing the sheets, all of the sailors were kitted up and on the water for the eleven o'clock start. The gentle southerly breeze was too light for some but at least it was slightly warmer in the sunshine than on recent days and nobody fell in!

It was quite crowded on the start line but the fleet were away at the first attempt and with the first mark right outside the clubhouse the spectators had a perfect view. Although only a short beat, the usual contenders led around the first mark with the Solos of Gaz and Gordon taking an early lead.

Everyone was closely packed after the first lap with Dave (Streaker), Kieran (Laser Radial) and Paul/Gordon (Omega) chasing the two leading Solos. It was great to see close racing throughout the fleet with the Toppers having their own personal battles.

The wind started to fade and as the race progressed and Dave made his way to the front finishing just far enough in front of Gordon to win on handicap with Gaz third, Paul (Streaker) fourth and Jeremy (Lightning) fifth. First Topper was Matthew from Llandudno Sailing Club in a very respectable 8th position.

It's not too late to enter so come and join the fun! There is just one race each Sunday for the next four weeks, start time 11:00hrs.

Day 1 Results:

PosClassSail NoClubHelmCrewPYR1
1stSTREAKER1926Shotwick Lake SCDave TURTLE 11281
2ndSOLO5605Shotwick Lake SCGordon BENNELL 11432
3rdSOLO5211Shotwick Lake SCGaz HENSHALL 11433
4thSTREAKER1621Shotwick Lake SCPaul NEWMAN 11284
5thLIGHTNING 368147Shotwick Lake SCJeremy COOPER 11705
6thLASER RADIAL200261Shotwick Lake SCKieran LEWIS 11426
7thTOPPER OMEGA3274Shotwick Lake SCPaul MALTBYGordon WALLIS10837
8thTOPPER48069LlandudnoMatthew STUBBINS 13588
9thLASER RADIAL166631Shotwick Lake SCJoe SARGENT 11429
10thSOLO5518Shotwick Lake SCDave THOMAS 114310
11thSOLO5812Shotwick Lake SCLes PERRY 114311
12thLASER RADIAL214109Shotwick Lake SCMark ROBERTS 114212
13thSTREAKER1239Shotwick Lake SCBill DUFFIELD 112813
14thTOPPER48139   135814
15thTOPPER48094   135815
16thSOLO4880Shotwick Lake SCAlan CRITCHLEY 114316
17thTOPPER361   135817
18thTOPPER45402   135818
19thGP143445Shotwick Lake SCStewart THOMASRichard THOMAS113319
20thSOLO1227Shotwick Lake SCPaul QUARRELL 114320
21stTOPPER48152   135821
22ndTOPPER45433   135822
23rdTOPPER19024   135823
24thGP1411075Chester SCAndrew CLAYBeth SNEE1133DNF

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