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Comet Open at Attenborough Sailing Club

by Roger Day 24 Jun 06:31 BST 22 June 2019
Chris Robinson wins the Attenborough Comet Open © Roger Day

Five visitors joined with seven of our own club boats for this year's Comet Open at Attenborough SC.

The fleet got away to a clean start in light shifty conditions for the first race and soon Bob Dodds sailing 869 was pulling away from the fleet. The course was roughly a figure of eight around five marks with one leg having been planned as a beam reach along the whole lake. A significant shift however meant the first two boats, which had pulled well clear, had to put in short tacks to make the mark. Those behind had various luck with the wind, some making the mark whilst others had to put in a tack. This resulted in a large number of place changes. The wind direction changed several times and varied from about 8 mph to nothing and the race was shortened to 4 laps. Bob Dodds finishing first followed by two more visitors, Chris Robinson (867) and Tim Higgs (849).

After lunch two races were held back to back and by the time race two started the wind had filled in a little and settled down in direction. A new course was set involving six marks but again a rough figure of eight. In race two Chris Robinson rounded the windward mark in the lead closely followed by Bob Dodds and Tim Higgs. At mark 3 of the course Bob decided to take the windward side of our largest island group which was a much longer way to the next mark and he lost a lot of ground and was in the middle of the pack at the next mark. Race two finished with Chris Robinson in the lead followed by Tim Higgs who beat Bob Dodds by less than a boat length.

Race three was held in the best wind of the day at about 9 mph and far fewer lulls. Again a clean get away by the fleet and once again the visitors showed our local sailors how it should be done. Some small changes in position took place but after four laps Chris Robinson took a commanding first place followed by Bob Dodds and you've guessed Tim Higgs in third.

With two wins from three Chris took overall honours with Bob and Tim taking second and third respectively. With four Ladies taking part Jenny Chuen from Nottingham SC was presented with first Lady.

Overall Results:

PosHelmSail NoRigClubR1R2R3Pts
1Chris Robinson867StdBurghfield2112
2Bob Dodds869WXCMYC1323
3Tim Higgs849StdBurghfield3235
4Andrew Beaumont556XtaAttenborough5449
5Jenny Chuen839XtraNottingham SC95510
6Jill Reid81StdAttenborough46610
7Malcolm Davidson856StdAttenborough67813
8Saul Tendler807StdAttenborough78714
9Reuben Tendler441XtraAttenborough810917
10Don Bishop648StdAttenborough1091019
11Iona Reid356StdAttenborough11111222
12Miranda Cook627XtraOrford SC12121123

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