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Solo open meeting at Island Barn Reservoir Sailing Club

by Gareth Griffiths 26 Sep 20:02 BST 20 September 2020
Solo open meeting at Island Barn 2020 © Nick Marley

Island Barn limited entries to 20 boats for the Solo Open meeting, filling the quota two days before the meeting. With the cold wind and at least one sailor having to isolate at the last minute racing got under way with sixteen boats on the line.

The day had dawned bright and sunny but there was a cold blustery North-Westerly wind rather than the more typical SW. Lots of blue sky and sparking water but also lots of big gusts. Race one got off without incident and the front runners quickly showed their mettle navigating the blustery shifts to quickly spread the fleet. Tom Gillard (5675) stamped his authority on the race although Vince Horey and Jonny Wells kept him on his toes.

The start of the second race was quickly recalled as half the fleet were over and had the race officer thinking about black flags. Second attempt was abandoned when the wind shifted just as the sequence was starting, causing much frantic moving of marks only for the wind to largely switch back.

With a cold wind and the fleet opting for three back to back races because no nice warm clubhouse available in these pandemic times, the Race Officer flexed his muscles and raised the Jolly Roger (well that's a mostly black flag isn't it) and the fleet bowed to the pressure (resetting the line several times might have also helped).

Anyway, third attempt the fleet got away but this time Tom didn't have it all his own way and the slightly shorter beat saw him rounding the first mark third just ahead of a rather large group...

There was a lot of shouting just behind him as the shifty wind caught a few people out as they suddenly found they couldn't quite lay... but your correspondent didn't hear any actual collisions.

Race two also saw a few casualties as tiring sailors encountered some strong gusts, but the leaders revelled in the conditions.

Tom continued to pull clear gently covering the fleet making race three somewhat academic for the overall, but behind him for the rest of the podium it was game on. While a few tired sailors called it a day the rest flew round the course again resulting in final placing of Tom Gillard first with a clean set of bullets, second overall secured by Simon Derham and Mike Dray third. Points were very close reflecting the tricky conditions.

Overall Results:

PosHelmClubSail No.R1R2R3Pts
1stTom GillardSheffield Viking SC5675‑1112
2ndSimon DerhamLittleton SC5393‑7257
3rdMike DrayLittleton SC581844(DNF)8
4thRoger BennetSilver Wing sc5487‑9369
5thDavid MasonSilver Wing5582‑108210
6thJonny WellsEssex YC55973‑7710
7thVince HoreyKing George SC585029(DNF)11
8thFraser HaydenPapercourt SC538156‑1111
9thTom LonsdaleStokes bay589065(DNF)11
10thAndrew BoycPapercourt SC56668‑12412
11thPaul PlayleSilverwing5180‑1110313
12thStas LawickiPapercourt SC4454‑1211819
13thPat OversPaxton lakes SC590414(DNF)923
14thSue TaylorSilver wing4970‑13131023
15thMike JonesIsland Barn Reservoir S C521515(DNF)DNC36
16thBen RussellIsland Barn Reservoir S C467016(DNC)DNC37
17thDoug LattaPortchester SC6000(DNC)DNCDNC42
17thMike WilkieLittleton5352(DNC)DNCDNC42
17thTim LewisRYA5704(DNC)DNCDNC42
17thOliver WellsNorthampton SC5899(DNC)DNCDNC42

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