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Solo Eastern Series at Harlow (Blackwater) Sailing Club

by Ron Laurie 16 Sep 14:45 BST 31 August 2019
Solo Eastern Area Championships 2019 © HBSC

The 31st August saw the seventh round of the Eastern Series taking place at the Harlow (Blackwater) Sailing Club with 26 boats, comprising 16 visitors and 10 locals, this being the highest turnout in the series so far.

With the competitors keen to get started the boats lined up on the club's new jetty awaiting enough depth of water to launch.

The courses were arranged such that race 1 would start in Lawling Creek and sail out into the wider River Blackwater with a finish off Osea Island. Race 2 started and finished off Osea Island, and race 3 was from the river back into Lawling Creek finishing at the Clubhouse line.

Race 1 started, after a general recall, with a short beat with the tide up the creek followed by a dead run out to the open river. The wind played some tricks and three boats were caught out by a sudden shift on the run ending with a capsize.

Starting in the main tidal stream, Race 2 was a standard triangle followed by a beat and run. There was one casualty when Annabelle Laurie (daughter of Robert) capsized at the gybe mark and after a while a concerned granddad, seeing no sign of a safety boat, turned back to see how things were, forfeiting at least six places.

Race 3 saw a diminished fleet starting in the main river with a beat and long run, then turning to a long beat back to the club on a now fast ebbing tide.

With three events to go in the Series, Mark Maskell is in top spot, followed by Vince Horey, then Roger Wilson.

P.S. Annabelle was disgruntled, very wet, but fine and thanked Granddad for his concern.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoClubHelmR1R2R3Pts
1st5717Brightlingsea Sailing ClubPete Kyne2‑513
2nd5850King George Sailing ClubVince Horey‑3123
3rd5804Ardleigh Sailing ClubSteve Ede13‑54
4th5779Blackwater Sailing ClubMark Maskill42‑86
5th5406Brightlingsea Sailing ClubJarvis Simpson‑10639
6th5863HBSCRob Laurie5‑749
7th5597Essex Yacht ClubJonny Wells64(DNF)10
8th5180Salcombe Sailing ClubPaul Playle‑138614
9th5408Bassenthwaite Sailing ClubTony King7‑10714
10th5107Stone Sailing ClubMartin Hodgson8‑11917
11th5259Rollesby Broad Sailing ClubRoger Wilson9‑131322
12th5819Royal Burnham Sailing ClubPhil Sturmer11‑121122
13th5270Brightlingsea Sailing ClubRobin Pacte‑1791423
14th5665Brightlingsea Sailing ClubPaul Aldridge16‑181026
15th777HBSCLawrence Mauldsley‑21151227
16th5779HBSCMartin Tarling‑18141630
17th5135HBSCKeith Gilmore15‑161530
18th5496HBSCRon Laurie14‑201832
19th4810HBSCDavid Islin2017(DNF)37
20th4101HBSCNeil Clark‑22211738
21st5135HBSCRichard Sharman‑19191938
22nd4640Ardleigh Sailing ClubMark Savill12(DNF)DNS39
23rd3829HBSCIan Henderson(DNF)DNSDNS54
23rd5134HBSCAnnabelle Laurie(DNF)DNFDNS54
23rd3961Blackwater Sailing ClubMark Osbourne(DNS)DNSDNS54
23rd5314Ardleigh Sailing ClubTony Tye(DNF)DNSDNS54

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