Please select your home edition
Crewsaver 2021 Safetyline LEADERBOARD

Comet Open at Burghfield Sailing Club

by Chris Robinson 6 Apr 06:49 BST 2 April 2022

After a two-year absence due to Covid (or three years for those not prepared to race during Storm Hannah in 2019) the Comets returned to Burghfield Sailing Club for the first Comet Open of the year on Saturday 2nd April.

The twelve competitors arrived to find a cold day with a light westerly wind coming straight down the lake. This allowed the race officer, Peter Blackman, to set a figure-of-eight course with a long beat and three reaches or runs.

In the first race the line was biased and the pin end was very congested. Eddie Pope and Nigel Austin went over the line and there was an individual recall. Peter Mountford took the lead followed by Annette Walter. Eventually Annette caught Peter, and then on the approach to the finish Eddie, who had recovered well from his recall at the start, caught Peter near the finish.

Race two started immediately after race one. The line was biased again, but this time the fleet got away cleanly. The wind continued to back so that it was almost possible to make the first beat on one tack. Henry was first around the mark followed by Eddie. However, they then sailed towards the wrong mark which resulted in them sailing towards the bank and out of the wind. This allowed the rest to catch up. Ben Palmer, followed by Chris Robinson, headed very low and got past. The wind dropped, but these two were able to get around the wing mark on the last of the wind and sailed into a substantial lead. The dropping wind resulted in the fleet becoming very spread out and so the race officer elected to shorten the course after one lap. Ben won, followed by Chris. Annette led the rest of the fleet and took third place.

Race three started after lunch. The change in wind direction required a change in course. A long beat was still possible, but this time the downwind legs formed a rectangle. On the first leg the wind dropped away, but the sun came out which warmed the competitors. As they approached the windward mark the wind began to return, but from a different direction, so the leg was now a reach. Eddie was first around the first mark followed by Izaac Dodds. The change in wind direction changed the second leg from a reach to close hauled. The wind then veered further, changing the leg to a beat which favoured the leaders and the fleet spread out. As the fleet beat or reached back up the lake the wind dropped again so the race officer elected to finish after one lap. On the final leg the wind returned to its original direction and as Eddie and Izaac crossed the line it picked up allowing the rest of the fleet to finish quickly behind them.

With the wind returning to its original direction no change of course was required for the final race. Like race three the wind began to drop again. This time Izaac beat Eddie to the windward mark. As they finished the downwind legs it began to rain and the wind increased to its strongest strength of the day. The fleet were able to plane into the leeward mark, and the race officer elected to sail a second lap. The change in wind also resulted in a change in fortune throughout the fleet. Izaac was passed by Eddie and then Ben, Peter and Nigel. However, a couple of 720s prevented the latter three from catching Eddie, who increased his lead to take the win. Nigel was second, followed by Peter.

Eddie's win in the final race gave him first place overall. Annette's good results from the first three races were enough to give her second place, while a fourth place in the final race put Ben on equal points with Annette. However, he lost on count back having a first and fourth compared to Annette's first and third.

Overall Results:

PosHelmSail NoRigClubR1R2R3R4Pts
1Edwin Pope377WXOgston Sailing Club28114
2Annette Walter323StdWelwyn Garden City Sailing Club13579
3Ben Palmer597StdBaltic Wharf Sailing Club41649
4Peter Mountford864WXStaunton Harold Sailing Club357311
5Izaac Dodds701StdCrawley Mariners Yacht Club572613
6Bob Dodds869WXCrawley Mariners Yacht Club644DNC14
7Chris Robinson63StdBurghfield Sailing Club1029516
8Nigel Austin875WXCransley Sailing Club998219
9Henry Jaggers800WXBeer Sailing Club7103Ret20
10Joanna Loveland879WXBroadwater Sailing Club81211928
11Roger Harrison382WXRedditch Sailing Club121110829
12Timothy Higgs849WXBurghfield Sailing Club116DNCDNC31
13Mick Parnell830WXBristol Avon Sailing ClubDNCDNCDNCDNC42

Related Articles

Winsford Flash Comet Open
Seven lady helms amongst the 16 competitors A total of sixteen Comets made it to Winsford made up of ten local boats and six visitors. Very positively, we had seven lady helms competing. Posted on 20 Jun
Comets at Nottingham
One of the few places to enjoy a cream tea between races A good turnout of 16 boats took part in the Comet Open held at Nottingham SC. Six of the entries were visitors from as far afield as Bristol, Reading and Cheshire; joined by ten home club entries of which two weren't regular Comet sailors. Posted on 31 May
Comet Association Championships at Staunton Harold
Insect bite to the local favourite reduces the fleet from 21 to 20 Twenty-one competitors were signed on from across the country but only 20 took part following the late withdrawal of local favourite Alan Bennett due to a swollen face following an insect bite! Posted on 20 May
Fishers Green Comet Open
Part of the Comet Eastern Travellers' Series Fishers Green SC held their Comet open meeting on 7th May, as part of the Comet Eastern Travellers' Series. The competitors asked for four races, so that is what they got. Posted on 10 May
Staunton Harold SC to host Comet Championships
A great weekend planned for the Association in May Staunton Harold Sailing Club is delighted to host this year's Comet Association Championships. Set over two days - 14/15 May, we'll be welcoming Comet sailors and their supporters from across the country. Posted on 16 Apr
Comets at Crawley Mariners
Bob Dodds proves to be the master of Hedgecourt Lake It's unusual for anyone to finish ahead of Bob Dodds in races held at his home venue of Hedgecourt Lake, and this once again proved to be the case at the Crawley Mariners Comet Open meeting held on 18 September. Posted on 21 Sep 2021
Derbyshire Youth Sailing at Carsington
Happy to see a lot of sailors who were not only new to DYS but also to racing Saturday 11th September saw our sailors back at Carsington Sailing Club for our ninth event of this years series, the biggest water we visit, so a new experience for some. Posted on 14 Sep 2021
Comets at Bala
An imprmptu event after the nationals was cancelled The 2021 Nationals should have been at Bala over the August bank holiday, but due to a Covid outbreak at the club the event had to be cancelled at the last moment. Posted on 9 Sep 2021
Comets at Merthyr Tydfil
One of those lovely autumnal windless mornings The forecast was for light winds F2, gusting F3 from the southeast veering to south as the day goes on. As is often the case in September we have those lovely autumnal windless mornings. Posted on 8 Sep 2021
Comet Championships at Winsford Flash
30 boats add to numbers at one of the largest Comet fleets in the country Winsford Flash Sailing Club, in the heart of Cheshire, was proud to host the 2021 Comet Class Association Championships over the weekend of the 17th and 18th July 2021. Posted on 29 Jul 2021