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Solo Open at Leigh-on-Sea Sailing Club

by Steve Corbet 22 May 08:46 BST 19 May 2019
Leigh-on-Sea Solo Open © Liz Noblet

The club fleet of eleven Solos were joined by nine visiting helms on a cloudy and fickle day.

The PRO Steve Corbet had to wait for some true wind before setting a course which never came. However, a zephyr appeared and off the biased pin end the fleet of twenty Solos slowly made their way to the first windward mark led by Jarvis Simpson. The leaders crept away on the challenging down wind legs and the remaining fleet spread out over the two laps and after many swaps of the lead Tim Lewis led home the fleet from Simpson and Jonny Wells.

The second race started in similar conditions and Vince Horey led around the ever-repositioned windward mark. He held onto the lead to win. The sea breeze kicked in just at the end of the race and the rest of the fleet were led home by Toby Smith and Alan Roberts in one of the oldest boats in the fleet.

The third and final became a deciding one and with the wind now settled and increasing the fleet got away from the committee boat end. Horey nailed the start and led around the windward mark. The newer boats dominated the race, but all the fleet were closely packed and there many position changes throughout the fleet. The family team of Toby and Simon Smith choose to both capsized at different points on the course making it a family affair. Again, Horey led home with Lewis second and Wells third.

Horey (King George SC) was the overall winner of the 'Mighty Oak Brewery' trophy for the second year. Lewis (RYA) was second with Wells (Essex YC) third. Additional prizes were presented thanks to Rooster Sailing. First Leigh boat and sub 4000 award went to Roberts.

Vince Horey thanked the Leigh-on-Sea Sailing Club team for all their combined efforts to complete all the races given the sailing conditions.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3Pts
1st5850Vince HoreyKing George SC‑4112
2nd5561Tim LewisRYA1‑423
3rd5597Jonny WellsEssex YC3‑1336
4th5406Jarvis SimpsonBrightlingsea SC2‑557
5th3983Cass MonkEssex YC5‑749
6th5719Toby SmithEssex YC82‑1910
7th3710Alan RobertsLeigh on Sea SC‑123710
8th5134Robert LaurieHarlow Blackwater SC6‑8612
9th3325John CharlesLeigh on Sea SC7‑181017
10th3904Robin TothillLeigh on Sea SC‑1010818
11th3987Matt TothillLeigh on Sea SC‑159918
12th5496Ron LaurieHarlow Blackwater SC‑1761420
13th3587Jonathan MooreLeigh on Sea SC914‑1523
14th3881Chris BrookesLeigh on Sea SC‑14111223
15th3886Russell TredgettLeigh on Sea SC1112‑1723
16th4023Colin WalkerLeigh on Sea SC13‑151124
17th3249Richard KnightLeigh on Sea SC‑16161329
18th2395Phil DowsettLeigh on Sea SC‑19191635
19th3948Tim WrightLeigh on Sea SC18‑201836
20th3914Simon SmithEssex YC‑20172037

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