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Noble Marine Comet Trio National Championship at Exe Sailing Club

by Tracie Padro 8 Aug 2021 06:45 BST 31 July - 1 August 2021

The Comet Trio National Championships (proud to be sponsored by Noble Marine Insurance) was held at the lovely Exe Sailing Club on 31st July - 1st August.

Several new boats were making their debut nationals including Steve's new white boat looking very pacey with a new MK1 North sails and Guy's new boat with MK2 sails, both showed amazing speed with race wins throughout the event. Scarlett Lady also made a grand return with new owners and also new to the fleet Chris/Ben Biglin.

MK1 report

Saturday races were closely fought throughout fleet, with 3 different race winners including Richard Sallis/Carol Williams, Chris/Ben Biglin and Steve Ashford/Martin Yeomans. Closely followed by Symon/Lou Doliczny, Sue Morris/Debbie Woodcock, Jamie Gregor/Tim Farmer all with top 3 results, it was shaping up to be a close fought championships.

Sunday started in a light shifty easterly. Steve was seen up early studying the wind shifts and tidal patterns but a battle on the start line meant that both Steve and Richard were both OCS allowing Chris/Ben to get another 1st place. Anne/Mike Way had their best result finishing 2nd and Sam/Chris Mayne with a 3rd.

It came down to the final race to decide the MK1 championships and in a more steady 7 knots breeze, Richard/Carol won with Chris/Ben second Steve/Martin 3rd. These turned out to be the final overall results with 4th to Simon/Lou Doliczny and 5th to Jamie Grigor/Tim Farmer.

it was a good turnout with several visitors from Durleigh Whitefriars Cotswold and Hawley Lakes joining the local Exe boats.

MK2 report

Saturday racing was a tight affair with 4 different race winners - Ade/Tracie Padro, Bob/Colette Horlock, Guy Farrat and Graham Skyes, and Andrew/Caroline McAusland. It was all to play for on Sunday with only 1 point separating the top 3 boats.

Sunday saw a delay whilst the wind settled however the AP flag came down and we were able to launch in a light breeze.

With favourable pond like conditions, it was Ade/Tracie who led in first place around the last mark with a final run to the finish however the wind became lighter/shifty and the lead boats were becalmed for a few minutes while the wind filled back in. 1st to spot the new breeze were Guy/Graham who took full advantage and finished in 1st place, the battle for 2nd was between Andrew/Caroline and Ade/Tracie and Bob/Collette who had to settle for 4th following A port/starboard incident. This enabled Ade/Tracie could sneak through to 3rd place.

With one race remaining, Ade/Tracie, Andrew/Caroline and Guy/Graham were on equal points, this was going to be the closest finish of the championships. Ade/Tracie reached the mark first first and then spent the rest of the race in close coverage of Andrew/Caroline. Bob/Colette split from the top 2 in search of new wind shifts, however Ade/Tracie managed to hold of the fleet to win the event overall on count-back. Andrew/Caroline finishing 2nd, Guy/Graham in 3rd place, 4th went to Bob/Colette and 5th to Simon Gregory/Veronique Hart.

Huge thanks to Exe Sailing Club for putting on a terrific three days including sailing, BBQ, Trio dinner, cream teas and for all the help / support needed to run a successful championship.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
COMET TRIO (MK I) Fleet
1st511Richard SallisCarole WilliamsCotswold Sailing Club11‑22‑1015
2nd476Chris BiglinBen BiglinShustoke‑431‑6127
3rd510Steve AshfordMartin YeomansWhitefriars22‑41‑738
4th364Symon DolicznyLou DolicznyESC‑55344‑916
5th435Jamie GrigorTim FarmerWhitefriars SC‑7453‑9517
6th348Sam MayneChris MayneHawley Lake6‑9‑753721
7th472Sue MorrisDebbie WoodcockESC37‑9‑85823
8th443Keith LawsonHazel LawsonESC‑106‑878627
9th486Anne WayMike WayESC8(RET)(DNC)DNC2428
10th373John AndrewsTom AndrewsWhitefriars‑138696‑1029
11th365Ono OlmedoRobert VinceESC9101010‑11(RET)39
12th471Dave LeeIzaac Lee ‑1211‑1211121145
13th444Paul FurlerPeter Denford 11121112(DNC)(DNC)46
COMET TRIO (MK II) Fleet
1st505Adrian PadroTracie PadroShustoke1‑4‑32317
2nd501Andrew McAuslandCaroline McAESC‑22‑41227
3rd509Guy FarrantGraham SykesESC‑5‑313138
4th503Bob HorlockColette HorlockESC312‑4‑4410
5th394Simon GregoryVeronique M HartESC4(RET)‑755519
6th368Mike HartJenny HartESC656‑7‑9724
7th502Nick WebberRichard StradlingESC‑86567‑824
8th428Ian McKayPaddy BettesworthESC77‑8‑86626
9th457Saul TylerDeborah/Alana TylerESC989RET(DNC)(DNC)36
10th485Peter LabdonRichard YoungESC(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC8943
11th429Michael UptonIan UptonESC(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC52
11th393Alex HorlockJessica DunnESC(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC52

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