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Scorpion Open at Notts County Sailing Club

by David Eberlin 8 Oct 13:03 BST 5-6 October 2019

Light winds plagued the first day of the Scorpion Open at Notts County Sailing Club over 5/6th October. There were 26 entries from as far south as Northampton and Chew Valley, west to Llandudno and north to Sheffield.

On Saturday the light wind was fickle, switching direction and strength, however it did eventually settle down and William Jeffcote soon had the fleet under way on a short course, in case the wind dropped.

The first two races where started in quick succession with Tom Gillard and Rachel Rhodes from Staunton & Sheffield Viking taking the first two races, giving them an overnight lead.

Peter Gray & Andy Davies from Staunton Harold SC won the final race and were a point behind the overnight leaders. Tom Jeffcoate and Tim Hartley also won a race. The first lady and sixth overall was the first home club Scorpion with Nadiia Lincoln & Chris Holt from Notts County.

So it was all to play for on Sunday, but not before some fun and games with boats on string in the evening after a roast dinner courtesy of Pauline the club caterer.

Sunday promised some wind and rain, the wind certainly happened at times, but for most of the racing it was sunny.

The race officer changed the course on most races to make the best of the conditions. There where some good reaches and runs when the win blew, along with the odd capsize.

The racing between the top two was close with Peter Gray winning by taking two firsts, beating the overnight leaders by a point. Third was Andy McGee and Steve Graham. First lady and junior was Chloe Willars (ninth overall).

More photos on at ncsc.org.uk/2019/10/05/scorpion-open

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7Pts
1st2039Peter GrayAndy DavisSHSC‑822113110
2nd2013Tom GillardRach RhodesSHSC/ Sheffield Viking11‑3222311
3rd2042Andy McKeeSteve GrahamNorthampton SC23‑5331214
4th2023Tom JeffcoateTim HartleyRYA3414‑55421
5th2044Steve WalkerJerry HannabusPennine75‑9544530
6th1958Nigel PotterSimon HibbertNCSC‑16134676642
7th1933Peter RoseJohn RoseChew Valley96‑15988949
8th1964Matt PotterAlex PiggottNCSC‑15118111010858
9th201Chloe WillarsJohn TailbyNCSC13‑16127119759
10th2034Nigel PepperdineSimon ForbesSHSC596(OCS)67DNF60
11th2007Jeff PetersRaife PiggottNCSC‑1487149111160
12th2017Jon WillarsNicola WillarsNCSC1112‑141212121069
13th2037Dave SnutchJo RiddellNCSC6‑17161616151281
14th1991David BennettMalcolm JamesChew Valley‑2010131713141481
15th2025Nadina LincolnChris HoltNCSC47118(DNF)DNFDNC84
16th1866Jake WillarsBrad SeatonNCSC17‑20201514131594
17th1947Richard JonesPhil RobertsLlandudno Sc12141010(DNC)DNCDNC100
18th1929Tony DunsworthJohn WellsNCSC101923181719(DNF)106
19th1959Chris YatesIona 2315172015(DNF)16106
20th2015Jo MahyJames HarcourtSutton Bingham SC‑21181819181619108
21st1925Martin DenchfieldJohn DavieSHSC18‑242413222113111
22nd1975Nick OrglesLisa RollinNCSC222119‑23191718116
23rd13Kevin NichollsNiki TheoNCSC19‑232121211817117
24th1987Adrian JonesViv WestonNCSC262622222320(DNC)139
25th1911Alan KenyonIsis BemroseNCSC2522262420(DNF)DNF144
26th1950Martin ReadSarah ReadNCSC242525(DNF)DNCDNCDNC155

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