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Raymarine 2021 September - LEADERBOARD

Wessex Laser / ILCA Grand Prix Series at Chew Valley Lake Sailing Club

by Gus Cameron 25 Jun 21:33 BST 12 June 2021
Wessex Laser / ILCA Grand Prix Series at Chew Valley © Ann Belcher

Chew Valley Lake Sailing Club staged its first open event since 2019 on 12th June: the fourth round of the Wessex Laser / ILCA Grand Prix, alongside the Solo Western Area Championships.

Brightly did the day dawn, but only slightly did the wind blow, and mighty shiftily at that. Friends old and new came to enjoy light wind lake sailing at its frustrating finest.

Race 1 started with a pin-end bias that, five minutes later, turned into a giant shift and those caught on the wrong side of it were badly wrong-footed (note to self - go up the middle next time). RS200 sailor and Laser occasional John Spelman took full advantage of his light weight and his full rig to come through in fourth, preceded by Damian Boreham in third, Chris Sunderland in second and Peter Sherwin in first place.

Damian had to use all his race-craft to recover from a 720 incident but class will out, he was not placed lower all day.

After lunch and a delay for the wind to make its mind up, race 2 commenced with a general recall and RO Andy Jones kindly flew the U flag to calm everyone down. Jim Shaw came from right-field to take the win followed by John Spelman and Damian in third.

Come the final race and we had another winner, Steve Smith somehow taking it in his Radial / ILCA 6. Which meant that after discards we had three sailors tying for the win five points each! Countback gave Peter Sherwin the cup on account of his first place, but Damian and Chris Sunderland each had one second place and one third place.

Thankfully the SIs could cope and awarded Damian second place overall on account of beating Chris in the final race of the day.

Steve Smith took the Radial / ILCA 6 trophy home, followed by Ed Baker and Jon Lewis, narrowly beating Dru Townsend who took the prize for the first women overall, followed by Christi Brasher and Sarah Harding.

Thanks to the Race Team and Rob in the galley for feeding us all.

Future events in the series:

17 Jul 2021 Cotswold
31 Jul 2021 Thornbury
2 Oct 2021 South Cerney
16 Oct 2021 Avon
23 Oct 2021 Bowmoor or 6 Nov 2021

Overall Results:

PosClassSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3Pts
1stLASER216500Peter SherwinCVLSC14‑55
2ndLASER99849Damian BorehamCVLSC‑3325
3rdLASER210248Chris SunderlandCVLSC2‑735
4thLASER RADIAL166580Steve SmithCVLSC(OCS)516
5thLASER192515John SpelmanCVLSC‑4246
6thLASER213698Jim ShawCVLSC61(DNF)7
7thLASER173290Nigel CarsonCVLSC7‑8613
8thLASER RADIAL216655Edward BakerCVLSC5‑10914
9thLASER176359Gus CameronCVLSC‑116814
10thLASER RADIAL179681Jon LewisN/A8‑9715
11thLASER RADIAL208325Dru TownsendCVLSC9‑141019
12thLASER RADIAL192829Max RobertsonSutton Bingham1011‑1221
13thLASER RADIAL16Christi BrasherCVLSC‑14121123
14thLASER RADIAL161368Christian DayOUYC12‑181527
15thLASER RADIAL160649Sarah HardingCVLSC‑15131427
16thLASER196665Graham RoyleBowmoor‑16161329
17thLASER RADIAL170239Jo CudmoreCVLSC13‑171629
18thLASER RADIAL153493Sarah TauwhareCVLSC‑19151833
19thLASER RADIAL209926Jan FrayneCVLSC‑20191736
20thLASER RADIAL202153Sue WingroveCVLSC17‑201936
21stLASER182461Anna KerslakeCVLSC18‑212038

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