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Laser Open at Papercourt Sailing Club

by Andrew Hill-Smith 11 Jun 2019 11:20 BST 2 June 2019

We had a fantastic open meeting at Papercourt Sailing Club on Sunday 2nd June, with mixed sunshine and cloud making it pleasantly warm, with a good stiff breeze gently building through the day.

As it is typical for Papercourt they were plenty of gusts and shifts making the event challenging for all, and challenging enough for a handful of sailors to fall in.

We had 10 Standard rings sailors with seven Radials and one 4.7, and surprisingly only one lady for the combined fleets.

The strongest representation was from Papercourt with a number of travellers particularly from Maidenhead - thanks guys for coming along.

Two races before lunch and two back to back afterwards were supplemented by a delicious all-inclusive lunch and then plenty of delicious cakes for afternoon tea.

Our happy winners in the Standard fleet, were Gary Bullock from Maidenhead who came first; Paul Robinson from Datchet, second; and William Birchall from Papercourt in third place.

In the Radial fleet, George Lane swooped in from Broxbourne, borrowing my boat in the process and showing me that it is not the craft that matters, but the sailor! James Hall from Papercourt was close on his tail in second place, with Aaron Evans form Silverwing third. Well done to all of you.

The event had additional sponsorship from Sailing Chandlery and the bonus prize went to Sam from Papercourt the stoical 4.7 sailor. Many thanks to Sailing Chandlery and to all those who participated as well as Jill Hamment for doing the catering and Martin and Alison Smith for being the race officers, and finally to Frazer Haydn for presenting the prizes.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4Pts
Standard Rig
1st209998Gary BullockMaidenhead‑21113
2nd186034Paul RobinsonPapercourt13‑526
3rd209996William BirchallParkstone YC422‑68
4th207731Simon HammentPapercourt3‑5339
5th197342Bruce RamshawPapercourt‑864414
6th190613Andrew Hill SmithPapercourt5‑97517
7th195812Sammy Isaac JohnsonMaidenhead648(DNS)18
8th210356Chris NashMaidenhead776(RET)20
9th210360David KelleyMaidenhead‑10109726
10th172851Martyn WalkerPapercourt98(RET)DNS28
Radial Rig
1st157710George LaneBroxbourne‑21113
2nd207932James HallPapercourt12‑325
3rd202543Aaron EvansSilverwing‑53238
4th183239Rebecca ClarkPSC34‑5411
5th192784Mathew HodgesQMSC4‑54513
6th176531Ed FletcherPapercourt666(DNS)18
7th91244Bryn WilliamsPapercourt(RET)DNCDNCDNS24

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