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RS Sailing 2021 - LEADERBOARD

Solo Open at Chichester Yacht Club

by Mark Green 28 Jun 05:59 BST 27 June 2021

23 boats arrived at CYC in pleasant sunshine for the 2021 Solo Open. As the black clouds filled in a north easterly 15 knot wind was blowing down the marina channel, not great weather for the beach but great conditions for sailing.

The Race Officer, Chris Grosscurth. set a trapezoid course with the committee boat placed close to the Marina Channel and the windward mark set towards copperas point.

In Race 1 the fleet pressed the line enthusiastically, with Guy Mayger unfortunately straying just too far. The first beat saw many boats closely crossing each other as the tightly grouped fleet approached the windward mark. A broad reach across to mark 2 stretched the fleet out, followed by a downwind run to the bottom of the course. With the fleet making good speed, the race officer allowed them to go for 5 laps.

At the end of the first race, Silver Wing's Tim Lewis finished first followed in by HISC's Alex Butler and Fraser Hayden from Papercourt.

The Race officer adjusted the start line before race 2 and the fleet held back from the line allowing them all to get away cleanly. The wind strength was reducing through race 2, so the race officer reduced the race to three laps. At the end of race 2, Silver Wing's David Mason took the flag followed by Felpham's Guy Mayger and Andrew Boyce from Papercourt.

As race three got away the black clouds were very ominous over the course. The Fleet got away cleanly, Guy Mayger got a good start closest to the committee boat and led the field as they headed toward the lee shore to avoid the now ebbing tide. As the fleet completed the first lap the sky had darkened notably, Guy had built a clear lead, but Tim Lewis and David Mason were fighting for second place. Tim Lewis rounded the top mark first on the final lap, but David managed to overhaul him before they reached the bottom of the course. Significantly, the wind chose to switch through 90 degrees as the rain came down. The Race officer chose to shorten the course as the winds new direction removed the beat.

The heavens opened as the competitors returned to the beach. Given the forecast everyone was relieved that three good races had been completed before the rain hit.

After the competitors had packed away their boats they gathered in the sloop (in socially distanced groups of 6) for cake, drinks and to hear the results. Third Place went to Tim Lewis with 4 points, second place went to David Mason with 3 points, Guy Mayger won the series also on 3 points by virtue of his first place in the final race. CYC's Ian Lissamore won the prize for the best placed competitor over 70.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3Pts
1st5691Guy MaygerFelpham Sailing Club(OCS)213
2nd5582David MasonSilver Wing‑4123
3rd5704Tim LewisSilver Wing1‑534
4th5781Alex ButlerHayling Island SC2‑657
5th5666Andrew BoycePapercourt SC‑5347
6th5693Fraser HaydenPapercourt SC3‑769
7th5730Steve JonesLittleton SC‑144812
8th4561Roger PuttockDQSC69‑1215
9th5744Iain McGREGORSALCOMBE YC‑98715
10th5836Mark HarperDQSC8‑10917
11th5771Tim JacksonPapercourt SC7‑111118
12th5608Simon VerrallDell Quay Sailing Club11‑121021
13th4679Mark FullerPapercourt SC10(RAF)1323
14th5168Stephen HolcroftDQSC13‑151427
15th4669Alan FullerPapercourt SC‑15131528
16th5400Ian LissamoreCYC1217‑1829
17th5237Derek JackmanCYC‑21141731
18th5262John PurdyDQSC‑18161632
19th5432Nicola BuchananDell Quay Sailing Club1718‑2035
20th5738Ian ArmstrongRoyal Southern Yacht Club19(DNF)1938
21st5223Paul ThorntonCYC2019‑2139
22nd4592Laurence MurrayCYC16(DNF)DNC40
23rd4603Mark PerrowCYC(DNF)DNFDNC48

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