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Enterprise Midland Area Double Chine Series Round 5 at Earlswood Lakes Sailing Club

by Paul Young 4 Jul 10:15 BST 23 June 2019
Overall winners Martin Davies and Rebecca Bradley at the Earlswood Lakes Enterprise Open © Aimee Allsopp

This event, the fifth in the 2019 Enterprise Midland Area Double Chine series, was held at Earlswood Lakes Sailing Club on Sunday 23rd June. The four boat fleet included two visiting boats from Rugby and Daventry and Midland Sailing Clubs.

A warm but overcast day with a light easterly wind greeted the competitors.

In the first race Martin Davies crewed by Rebecca Bradley (Rugby and Daventry SC) led the fleet for the first three laps until a navigation error allowed Paul Young crewed by Aimee Allsopp (Midland SC) to take the lead for a short time. Martin and Rebecca soon got going again to pass Paul and Aimee on the following beat. Despite several challenges from Paul and Aimee, Martin and Rebecca held on to win. Second was Paul and Aimee with James Patterson crewed by Margot Turrell (Earlswood Lakes SC) in third.

After an excellent lunch of chilli with jam and cream scones for pudding, the second race got away on the same course. Martin and Rebecca rounded the windward mark first and built a commanding lead. Second around some distance behind was Paul and Aimee with both James and Margot and Graham Bentley crewed by Bernie Powers (Earlswood Lake SC) close behind. Martin and Rebecca extended their lead to about two and a half minutes, however lost count of the number of number of laps they had completed and dropped a customary clanger failing to finish correctly allowing Paul and Aimee an easy victory. Second were Martin and Rebecca despite sailing an extra lap. James and Margot were again third.

The third race was sailed back to back. With all to play for Martin and Rebecca once again led around the first windward mark. Following the short tight reach Paul and Aimee sailed through to leeward to take the lead, on the long broad reach / run down the lake to the leeward mark. The following beat saw Martin and Rebecca once again regain the lead which they held to the finish. Paul and Aimee finished second with James and Margot third.

Overall winning helmsman Martin Davies thanked everyone involved at Earlswood Lakes Sailing Club for a good day's racing.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3Pts
1st22320Martin DaviesRebecca BradleyRugby and Daventry SC1‑212
2nd22901Paul YoungAimee AllsoppMidland SC‑2123
3rd20591James PattersonMargot TurrellEarlswood Lakes SC‑3336
4th19653Graham BentleyBernie PowersEarlswood Lakes SC.44(DNC)8

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