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Chichester Harbour Gin Solo Southern Area Open at Lymington Town Sailing Club

by Malcolm Buchanan 2 Apr 11:10 BST 30 March 2019

Thirty Solos turned out for the Chichester Harbour Gin - Lymington Town Sailing Club's first ever Solo Open on Saturday 30th March.

The Solo fleet at LTSC has grown from one boat 3 years ago to around twelve, and the club was pleased to host its inaugural Solo Open. However, the weather gods were not looking too kindly, with the sea breeze which had been solid in previous days proving to be reluctant on the day. However, R.O. Rob Martin took the day by the scruff of the neck and had the competitors out on the water ready and waiting for when the breeze did arrive. In consequence all three back-to-back races were sailed with the middle race enjoying a steady sea breeze, and the 2 either side being sailable, but fickle.

Race 1 started in a SSE with all competitors getting away cleanly with the breeze holding for lap 1, but it died away during lap 2 with much place changing depending on where the breeze chose to touch down. Pete Mitchell came in 1st with Dave Mitchell and Nigel Thomas close behind.

Just before the start race 2 a 90-degree wind shift to the SW with a light sea breeze came in requiring the race team to do some rapid mark relaying. The fleet again got away first time with those at the committee boat end going to the far right hand corner to avoid the stronger tide further out coming out smelling of roses, Mark Lee (Lymington Town) was first to the windward mark with Malcolm Buchanan seconds behind, Mark continued his winning ways to the finish to take the bullet with Nigel Davies and Guy Mayger following him over the line.

Race 3 started just as the breeze died away with the competitors having to be very careful with the tide not to get swept the wrong side of marks. Ian Campbell (Marchwood YC) with a port end flyer lead to the first mark and spotted the tide offset to the second before others so opened up a comfortable lead to be first over the line with Martin Hodgson and Pete Mitchell following.

Chichester Harbour Gin supported the event and winners took home some samples of the product, while the spot prize of a 70cl bottle went to a very pleased and surprised Charles Stimpson from Spinnaker SC.

Tea and home-made cakes were much enjoyed by all competitors, who all said they would come back next year, and it is hoped LTSC will host the Southern Area Championships in 2020.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3Pts
1st5844Pete Mitchell 1‑434
2nd5782Nigel DaviesDraycote Water SC62‑168
3rd5834Chris BrownRYA4‑748
4th5584Ian CampbellMarchwood YC‑9819
5th5670Nigel ThomasHill Head SC36‑79
6th5130Mark LeeLymington Town SC‑2211011
7th5691Guy Mayger 83‑1111
8th5107Martin HodgsonStone SC‑1210212
9th5792David Greening ‑1911516
10th5824Tom CampbellSpinnaker SC5‑131217
11th6000Doug LattaHayling Island SC‑169817
12th5750David Mitchell 216‑1818
13th5796Andy HylandLymington Town SC7‑191320
14th5575Paul TrevanFrensham Pond SC‑1712921
15th5570Malcolm BuchananLymington Town SC205‑2725
16th5291E RogersSpinnaker SC1015‑1725
17th5683Jamie HolmesSpinnaker SC11‑141425
18th5354Robin MilledgeLymington Town SC‑2421627
19th5297Tim KnightRoyal Lymington YC15‑171530
20th5560Charles StimpsonSpinnaker SC14‑282135
21st5027John Haine 1324(DNC)37
22nd3847Will Loy ‑25202040
23rd5377Stephen Waite ‑29182341
24th5608Simon VerrallDell Quay‑26231942
25th5778Shaun WelshLymington Town SC18‑272644
26th5168Stephen HolcroftDell Quay‑23222244
27th5371Jeff DoltonLymington Town SC21‑252546
28th5650Phil KilburnNotts County SC‑28262450
29th5838Michael WildeSpinnaker SC27‑292855
30th1932Rod Dey 30(DNC)DNC61

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