Please select your home edition
Cyclops Marine 2020 - LEADERBOARD

Maidenhead Sailing Club Virtual Championships Final - Runners and Riders

by Gary Bullock 24 Apr 20:47 BST 25 April 2020
Maidenhead eSailing © Gary Bullock

Maidenhead SC, due to its excellent active membership and committee, has been organising virtual racing on Thursdays and Sundays with the ultimate goal of representing Maidenhead at the Regional RYA Championships.

We have run a 21 race series and the top 20 will compete on Saturday night 8pm in a 5 race series (three to count) shoot out to find out who will represent the club.

Runners and riders (top ten)

  • Sam Walton (topper 009) 4 race wins. Winner of race series and very consistent throughout, has the ability to fight back from difficult positions, youth on his side and nimble fingers hopefully the pressure will not get to him. Odds 9/4

  • Adam Meekings (Adam 14) 5 race wins. Competitive and focussed with a good solid race series behind him, as at Maidenhead when sailing his Laser can switch off at times which can cost him, don't rule him out though. Odds 7/2

  • Ian Stone (Stonesy) Quiet and polite but deadly on the race course, Ian due to work commitments could only race on Sundays but won 6 of his 9 races that he competed in. The big money is on him, short odds though. Odds Evens

  • Gary Bullock (Mutley) 1 race win. Short but not short of confidence he believes he can win this but very unlikely always an excuse and never his fault, will be an unpopular winner if he does. Odds 5/1

  • Tom Knight (TomK) 0 race wins. Always top 5 but feel this won't be enough come Saturday night. At 17 I'm sure he has other things on his mind. Try to focus Tom for just 30 minutes and you will never know. Odds 5/1

  • Sammy Isaac Johnson (Sammyblueij) Full time professional sailor started the series well but has gone off the boil. Too many penalties on the race course due to pushing the rules as normal. Outside chance though Odds 11/2

  • Martin Hayward (maybe angels) 1 Race win Martin has improved steadily throughout the series but with young children and bedtime at 8.00 will probably be too much of a distraction on Saturday night. Odds 9/1

  • Dave Hirst (XXLaser) 0 race wins. Not sure whether his boat name indicates his size something else or both. Normally top 5 but will need to improve on Saturday to take title, Odds 12/1

  • Johnny Payne (beanpole) 0 Race wins. Underperformed during series maybe due to his interfering mother (MRSP) My advice Johnny lock yourself in your room and you never know. Odds 20/1

  • Clara Carero (Clara S) 0 race wins. Big thanks to Clara for organising the event and would be a popular winner but probably too nice to be in the top 3. Odds 33/1

  • Martin King (MK5368) 1 race win. Just coming into some form at the right time although there was talk of some team racing tactics with his son TomK not proved though. Odds 33/1
Other notables:
  • Caroline Payne (MRS P) Talented lady but not at VR. Odds 50/1

  • Keith Meekings (Solo Keith) some poor results throughout series unlikely to see him feature. Odds 100/1

  • Dave Killey (popeye46) Experienced Laser sailor but having trouble with this modern technology. Odds 100/1

  • Leo Wilkinson (boat 482249) Not performed to his potential, previous world champ could be leading us all into a false sense of security. Odds 30/1
We have a WhatsApp group set up and I'm sure there will be some mind games between now and Saturday. Here's hoping the broadband holds out.

Related Articles

Record numbers for Maidenhead Summer Series
75 sailors took part and 37 qualified The conclusion of the Maidenhead pursuit summer series took place last Sunday. The format for the Sunday morning series was to have a single series with two 30 minute pursuit races. Posted on 3 Oct
Sunday Laser racing at Maidenhead
A diverse and growing fleet at the club Ask yourself these questions. Where can I get some competitive friendly Laser racing in Berkshire with high turnouts, great sailing area, low membership fees and most importantly cheap beer? Posted on 8 Mar
Solos at Maidenhead
Unlike the previous week, there was wind! The twenty-three competitors who arrived to compete in the Maidenhead Sailing Club Solo Open held on Sunday April 15 2018 breathed a sigh of relief – unlike the previous week, there was wind! Posted on 18 Apr 2018
Lasers at Maidenhead
Low water levels, weed and high winds fail to deter 20 helms Low water levels, late-season weed, and the forecast of wind speeds of 14 gusting 31 did not deter twenty sailors from around the Thames Valley taking to Summerleaze Lake in Maidenhead Sailing Club's annual Laser Open Posted on 11 Oct 2017
Solos at Maidenhead
Wind plays with sailors The wind was a fickle mistress at Maidenhead Sailing Club at Sunday's Solo Open, playing hide and seek throughout the day with sailors and race crew alike. Posted on 26 Apr 2017
Albacores at Maidenhead
Youth and guile beat experience (just!) It was a day of contrasts at Maidenhead Sailing Club's Albacore Open, held Sunday on Summerleaze Lake. Despite all assurances that there would be a decent 10mph wind, the only waves were those made by the Race Officer. Posted on 11 Apr 2017
British Moths at Maidenhead
A mirror-like Summerleaze Lake Sun, warm temperatures and a mirror-like Summerleaze Lake greeted the competitors of Maidenhead Sailing Club's Moth Open. For Race Officer Brian Jones, the conditions presented a challenge, as he searched the lake for sufficient wind to set a course. Posted on 4 Aug 2016
Solos at Maidenhead
Ideal conditions for the 17 helms Weather conditions were ideal for Maidenhead Sailing Club's second Open in as many weeks. A brisk noreasterly wind of 6 to 7 knots and brilliant sunshine greeted the seventeen – eight visitors and nine local - Solo sailors. Posted on 19 Apr 2016
Albacores at Maidenhead
Rough day at the office With a stiff east-southeasterly wind covering all of Summerleaze Lake, and bright sunshine, Sunday's Albacore Open at Maidenhead Sailing Club promised to be perfect Albacore sailing. Posted on 13 Apr 2016
Lasers at Maidenhead
23 helms including 17 visitors Consistency in conditions helped the sailors at Maidenhead Sailing Club's recent Laser Open, held on 17 October. Twenty-three sailors turned out, sixteen of them visitors from other clubs in the Thames Valley region. Posted on 26 Oct 2015