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Solo Thames Valley and Southern Series Open at Papercourt Sailing Club

by Martin Kemp 1 Nov 10:55 GMT 24 October 2021

Papercourt Sailing Club welcomed seven travellers and eighteen club members to their 2021 Solo Open on what turned to be an unexpected glorious warm October day.

The wind was a gentle southerly breeze, but with a consistent number of gusts that tested and caught a few helms out. The Race Officer (Mark Carleton) took advantage of wind blowing directly down the lake by setting two port windward marks and a downwind gate. Consequently, upwind required constant tacking and strategic downwind gybing to gain the advantage. Four races were sailed, with three to count.

In the first race Paul Robinson 4973 (PSC) was the boat to catch with a pack of 5 in close pursuit. At the halfway stage James Boyce 5115 (PSC 2020 winner) asserted himself and took the lead to the finish, with Paul hanging on to second in front of Fraser Hayden 5693 (PSC).

In the second race James got off to a good start and never looked back and seemed to be extending his lead every lap. In the pack behind young Simon Hamment 5791 (PSC), normally a Laser sailor and in a borrowed Solo, beat off the opposition to claim second place. Andrew Boyce 5666 (PSC) after having a dunk in the first race and wanting to prove a point on home territory came in third to make it a son / father - one / three.

After a hearty lunch all came out for the two more back to backs. Race three saw Richard Hudson 5554 (Bough Beech SC) dominated throughout to win. Paul Playle 5180 (Island Barn SC) stayed in contention in the leading pack and took third. However, it was Simon Hamment who worked hard to secure another second. James had a poor start and probably had one too many baked potato's, which meant that he was only able claw back fourth. Therefore, it was all to play for in the last race.

In the fourth race James came out of the blocks flying to be first round the windward mark, followed by Fraser and Paul. By the mid race James and Fraser had pulled away with 9 boats chasing third. The next lap it was down 4 racing out which of Simon put on a turn of speed to catch and beat Fraser over the line.

Well done to James Boyce as the clear winner with three bullets and to retain the trophy. A well deserved clear second to Simon Hamment with an impressive three seconds. Paul Robinson just pipped Richard Hudson for third.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4Pts
1st5115James BoycePSC11‑413
2nd5791Simon HammentPSC‑52226
3rd4973Paul RobinsonPSC25‑7512
4th5554Richard HudsonBough Beech SC481(RET)13
5th5693Fraser HaydenPSC37‑9313
6th5180Paul PlayleIsland Barn SC7‑113616
7th5393Simon DerhamLittleton SC‑868418
8th5666Andrew BoycePSC‑15351119
9th5977Ian MatthewsSpinnaker SC1146‑1321
10th5730Steve JonesLittleton SC69(RET)823
11th4679Mark FullerPSC‑131010727
12th4316Jason AldousPSC9‑12111232
13th5529Rob AllenPSC10‑1414933
14th5771Tim JacksonPSC1213‑171540
15th6000Doug LattaPortchester/HISC14‑17121440
16th5815Tom KeyPSC‑2119131042
17th4669Alan FullerPSC‑1615161647
18th5821Clive D WhitePSC‑1818181753
19th5352Andy FishPSC191619(DNC)54
20th4204Roy NewportPSC17‑20201956
21st5947Frank BrownPSC(DNC)DNC151859
22nd5256John PantingPSC20‑22212162
23rd4818John HawesPSC2221(DNC)2063
24th4272James BaldwinPSC(RET)23222267
25th4534Andrew WilsonGurnard SC23‑24232369

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