Please select your home edition
Edition
Grapefruit Graphics 2019 - Leaderboard
Product Feature
Gill Reflex Sunglasses Black/Orange
Gill Reflex Sunglasses Black/Orange
Boat Insurance from Noble Marine


Full racing risks
New for old cover
www.noblemarine.co.uk

Solo Open at Bough Beech Sailing Club

by Nick Marden 26 May 21:55 BST 25 May 2019
Steve Eve leading the fleet during the Bough Beech Solo Open © to James Maynard

After windless weekends and cancelled Opens around the country, the Bough Beach race team watched Windguru predictions for 25 May anxiously as it promised anything between 4 and 14 kts.

In the event it compromised somewhere in the middle but still gave the Race Officer Dave Roberts a headache. The wind came from the west north west across the lake, an awkward direction, and continued to swing throughout the day. Eleven visitors made up almost half the fleet racing for the Bough Beech's "Southern Quaich" Solo trophy.

The first race got away on a trapezoid course without problem. The breeze at the first mark under the shore went soft and unpredictable and it paid to get ahead of the herd. Steve Ede (Ardleigh SC), no stranger to this event, soon hit the front and pulled out a big lead, followed round by Andrew Boyce (Papercourt) and Tim Lewis (RYA). Fraser Hyden (Papercourt) and local hero John Reed worked their way through the fleet to finish 2nd and 3rd after three laps.

The wind went left before the start of the second race resulting in a General Recall, but the fleet got away at the second attempt. Ede led from Jarvis Simpson (Brightlingsea) for two laps of a shortened race. Reed, who had been lying 3rd strayed into a calm patch on the final run, losing several places and Lewis came through to make up the podium.

After lunch and time to admire the scenery, the third race started with another General Recall and a black flag. Again Ede and Lewis hit the front and were never passed. Tim Deacon from Broadstairs held 3rd for a lap but Boyce came through to take his place.

The final race of the day started with the wind backed around almost to south which meant the only way across the start line was on port. Those that broke away in clear air were able to fetch the windward mark without tacking. The wind continued to back, resulting in a drag race with only a short beat between marks 1 and 2. Ede, who could have taken a discard, decided to stay out and play for four of a kind which he duly achieved. He was followed home by Hyden and Lewis.

So overall it was 1st Ede, 2nd Lewis, 3rd Hyden, 4th Simpson and 5th Reed. Our thanks go to Dave Roberts and his race team, and also to Chichester Gin who continue their generous sponsorship of the Solo Southern Series. All three bottles were won as spot prizes by members of the Bough Beech fleet.

Related Articles

Chichester YC Frozen Toe Series day 2
Two more dates to go, and all are welcome to join in CYC held the second of its Frozen Toe winter series on Sunday. The tide times allowed the competitors a good lie-in as racing started at 1245. The temperatures were notably cooler than the week before, with a northerly direction to the wind. Posted today at 7:07 pm
Salcombe Yacht Club Winter Series Race 4
Salcombe estuary provides its usual challenges Race four of the SYC winter series was sailed in pleasant conditions with a Northerly airstream and as usual, the Salcombe estuary provided challenging areas to navigate. Posted on 17 Nov
Salcombe Yacht Club Winter Series Race 3
Finally underway after two Saturdays of gales After the first two Saturdays were cancelled due to gales, the Winter Series at Salcombe Yacht Club finally got under way last weekend. Thunderous mid-morning rain cleared away to leave some watery sunshine and a moderate north westerly breeze. Posted on 11 Nov
Solos at Notts County
Held in wet, miserable and cold conditions The Notts County Sailing Club Solo Open was held in wet, miserable conditions, with a little wind and it was cold. Given the conditions it was great to see half the fleet as visitors coming from all over the Midlands. Posted on 29 Oct
Solo Midland Series ends at Staunton Harold
All down to the final race where four boats could take the series After losing over 50% of our water in 2018 it was good to welcome visiting boats with a brim full reservoir and a dry day. Even more importantly a good breeze promised great sailing for the Midland Series finale at Staunton. Posted on 25 Oct
North Sails Solo End of Season Championship
54 sailors descend on Grafham Water SC 54 Solo sailors descended on Grafham Water Sailing Club for the 2019 End of Season Championships, this year as in previous years sponsored by North Sails. Posted on 22 Oct
Salcombe Autumn Solo Open
Racing for the Tyler Trophy The Autumn Tyler Trophy Solo open meeting made it into the class fixture list this year. Consequently, the attendance was improved over 2018. Posted on 21 Oct
Solos at Papercourt
traditionally the last event in the Thames Valley and Southern Series Papercourt's open is traditionally the last event in not only the Thames Valley but also the Southern Series. In spite of a dire forecast of rain, rain and more rain, 14 Papercourt and 9 visiting Soloists enjoyed the solid 14/20 knot South Westerly. Posted on 15 Oct
Salcombe YC Autumn Series Race 7
Laser 4.7s show considerable persistence A dreich day greeted the more hardy sailors who turned out for the Salcombe Yacht Club Autumn Series Race 7. Race officer John Wylie set the right course for a South South Westerly; Blackstone Gerston, Millbay, Crossways line. Posted on 14 Oct
Solo End of Season Championship preview
North Sails Super Series at stake The National Solo Class season climax takes place this Saturday 12 October at Grafham Water S.C. with the North Sails Super Series at stake and a brand new North mainsail up for grabs for the qualifiers. Posted on 8 Oct