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North Sails Solo End of Season Championship at Grafham Water Sailing Club

by Tom Gillard 22 Oct 15:27 BST 12 October 2019

54 Solo sailors descended on Grafham Water Sailing Club for the 2019 End of Season Championships, this year as in previous years sponsored by North Sails.

On arrival we were greeted with grey skies, a fine drizzle and 6-10 knots of breeze. The race officer, Peter Saxton, and his very capable team had set had set a windward-leeward course for all three races due to low wind speed, this resulted in very tactical racing.

Race 1: The winner, Tom Gillard (5675), using a North Sails P-2 and a Winder MK-1A hull with a Selden D+ mast combination was first round the windward mark and held first all the way to the finish. There was a challenge for first on the second beat by Martin Honnor (5658), by heading out left after the leeward mark, but Tom managed to hold him off. Essex YC sailor Jonny Wells who had been absent for much of the season hadn't forgotten much and finished third in the race.

Race 2: The drizzle had given way to intermittent sunshine, however the wind remained light to medium. In race 2, local sailor Simon Charles (5158) popped around the windward mark ahead of Gillard, but was soon passed by Gillard gybing straight after the spacer mark. Gillard then continued to extend his lead until the finish line, Charles holding 2nd and Nigel Davies showing consistency to finish 3rd adding to his first race 4th.

Race 3: Ewan Birkin-Walls (5827) and Ian Walters (5586) tacked immediately on the starting gun from a somewhat port biased line crossing the fleet on a port tack, this resulted in them being so far ahead of the rest of the fleet the race was a two way feud to the finish on a dying breeze with Birkin-Walls taking the bullet. Gillard nonetheless threaded his way back through the fleet to catch the leading pair but finished with his discard of 3rd once again demonstrating his mastery of the Class having had a very successful season, winning all events he competed in and with that the Super Series overall.

During the prize-giving a draw was held for those qualifying in the Series for the North P-2 Sail which was generously donated by the Class' most widely used sailmaker. A delighted Mark Lee's number was picked by use of random number generator, and the sail was presented by North's Solo Expert Tom Gillard.

With a few more events still to run the regional results were not all complete so the full prize-giving for the Super Series was postponed until the RYA Dinghy Show.

The fleet were immensely grateful to Grafham Water Sailing Club for an excellent event and Peter Saxton and his team for a very professionally run set of races.

Overall Results:

PosHelmSail NoClubAge CatR1R2R3Pts
1stThomas Gillard5675Sheffield Viking SC 11‑32
2ndIan Walters5586Grafham Water Sailing ClubV5‑1327
3rdNigel Davies5782Draycote Water SCV43‑127
4thMartin Honnor5658Ogston SCV26(DNC)8
5thSimon Maskell5768Hunts SCV8‑28412
6thEwan Birkin‑Walls5827Grafham Water Sailing Club12‑20113
7thSimon Charles5158Grafham Water Sailing Club112(RTD)13
8thMichael Hicks5749Salcombe YCGM105(RTD)15
9thRoger Bennett5487Silver Wings SCV‑229615
10thChris Brown5870RYAV‑158715
11thDave Lucas5835Grafham Water Sailing ClubV184(RTD)22
12thAndy Hayland5796Lymington Town SCV‑1917522
13thMark Maskell5779Blackwater SCV9‑151322
14thSteve Dension5763RYA 7‑181623
15thAlisdair James4844Grafham Water Sailing ClubV16‑19925
16thVince Horey5850King George SC 1411‑1725
17thJonny Wells5597Essex YCV3‑312427
18thSteve Ede5804Ardleigh 17‑251027
19thJarvis Simpson5406Brightlingsea Sailing ClubV‑29161127
20thTim Lewis5704RYA‑2321829
21stMark Rushton5479Grafham Water Sailing Club13‑381932
22ndAndy Fox5745Leigh & Lowton SC ‑28141832
23rdMark Lee5130Lymington Town scV‑3072633
24thGraham Cranford Smith5755Salcombe Yacht ClubGM6‑403036
25thTerry Palmer5724Upper Thames SCV21‑222243
26thDoug Latta6000HISC / Portchester SCV2024‑3344
27thJohn Webster5842CarsingtonSep‑27232144
28thJohn Steels5786Starcross YCGM31‑391546
29thRoger Wilson5259Rollersby Broad SCV‑40103747
30thNeal Thomas5670Hill Head SCV‑32292049
31stSimon Derham5393LittletonV26‑272753
32ndIain Carpenter5736Northampton SCGM25‑452954
33rdAlan Greenaway5865Rutland Sailing club ‑37262854
34thGodfrey Clark4801Fishers GreenGM24‑323256
35thPaul Bottomley5644South Staffs SC 4512‑4657
36thRobert Laurie5863Harlow Blackwater SC ‑48441458
37thMark Fuller4679Papercourt YC‑38352358
38thCallum Mackenzie5163Ogston SC‑42303161
39thPeter Warne5547Northampton SCV‑43422567
40thBen Longstaff15835Grafham Water Sailing Club3433(RTD)67
41stJon Watkins5517Hunts SCGM33‑483669
42ndMalcom Buchanan5570Lymington Town SCGM36‑373571
43rdAndrew Liddington4771Rugby & Daventry Sailing ClubGM3536‑4471
44thPhil Sturmer5819RBYCV‑46344377
45thIan Firth5866Notts CountyGM‑50413879
46thStas Lawicki4454Papercourt YC39‑504180
47thSue Taylor4970Silver Wings47‑513481
48thSimon Kneller5834Grafham Water Sailing ClubV4143(RTD)84
49thBill Hutchings4551TonbridgeGM‑54493988
50thGraham Wilson5721Northampton SCGM‑49474289
51stPatrick Burns5858RYAGM4446(DNS)90
52ndAl Fraser5044Grafham Water Sailing ClubGM52‑534092
53rdHarry Lucas4999Grafham Water Sailing ClubU1851‑524596
54thMichael Wilde5838Spinnaker SCSep53‑5447100

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