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Comet Duo National Championships and World Series Event at Cransley Sailing Club

by Nigel Austin 21 Jul 15:13 BST 29 June 2019

This was the fourth year that Cransley Sailing Club has held the event and we had a great turnout on a tranquil wind day (Force 2 occasionally 3, and sometimes 0-1 in the wind shadows!).

We welcomed a total of fourteen boats with half being "Billy no mates" and the others having secured crews. It was truly a National event as we had 2 visitors, Mark Devaney from Hampton Pier SC (Kent) and Nigel and Anne Ford (Olton Mere SC, Solihull).

Faced with a tricky south easterly wind, the race officer chose a boat start for each race something that was alien to the majority of those sailing. It was apparent that if you could dodge the wind shadows then you might be able to break away Myself and Peter Stein, closely followed by Mark - totally un-phased by no tides or dolphins! - managed to do this in Race 1.

The course was around as many buoys as the duty officer could get on the board and consequently one lap was between 13 and 16 minutes long, which for the wind and size of our water was using every inch of the reservoir.

Lunch was designed by our caterers to slow folk down even more and sure enough our visitors fell for this local trick in Race 2, with Nigel and Anne not recovering in Race 3 and calling it a day, whilst Mark did gain a creditable sixth to place fifth overall (which I think he was happy with being his first racing against Duos only).

There was close competitive racing throughout the fleet in all 3 races but it was carried out amicably and with lots of banter - just how it should be!. It was great to see a lot of youngsters either crewing or helming and whilst these wonderful boats are no longer being built and most are more than 20 years old they do sail lovely and to handicap on smaller waters like Cransley.

The results show the ups and downs of each, however everyone gets a prize - I mean, this is the Worlds!

We are hoping to get to the magical 18 boats next year so we can claim that over 10% of the built fleet attended the event - I wonder if any other class could or has claimed that!

Thanks to all for making it another cracking event and look forward to seeing you next year.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoClubHelmCrewPYR1R2R3Pts
1st103Cransley SCNigel Austin 115011(RET)2
2nd99Cransley SCPeter Stein 1150‑2213
3rd165Cransley SCRob Campbell 1150‑9325
4th90Cransley SCJohn LinnellMatilda Guyett1175‑6437
5th16Hampton Pier YCMark Devaney 11503‑1169
6th157Cransley SCCharlie GuyettEmily Britton11755‑749
7th4Cransley SCRhiain Bevan 11504‑559
8th93Olton Mere SCNigel FordAnne Ford117578(RET)15
9th73Cransley SCJane Townsend 1150106(RET)16
10th141Cransley SCSarah AustinSue Bull117589(DNC)17
11th20Cransley SCDarrell Hutchings 115011‑13718
12th18Cransley SCJulie AvesBob Aves1175‑1312820
13th19Cransley SCJason DaviesAstara Davies11751210(RET)22
14th17Cransley SCGretta DaviesCerella Davies117514(RET)DNC29

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