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Solo Midland Area Series Round 3 sponsored by Allen at Bartley Sailing Club

by David Badger 27 Apr 06:35 BST 24 April 2022
Solos at Bartley © BSC

Glorious sunshine combined with a robust easterly wind greeted the visitors and home sailors to the 2022 Solo open meeting at Bartley in Birmingham.

This was a joint open meeting with the Phantoms and the Race Officer John Ling and his crew did a great job of running two open meetings in difficult conditions with more than a few capsizes. The wind direction enabled a long beat for the full length of the lake, circa 750m, which tested all the sailors.

The first race started in winds of 20-25 knots and was very close all the way round. The whole fleet finished not far behind the leaders despite the long beats and blustery conditions. Ian Hopwood (Nantwich) finished first, with Jeremy Shinton (Bartley) second and Kev Hall (Northampton) third.

The second race started back to back with the first in similar conditions to the first though it proved to have rather stronger gusts and bigger shifts making conditions even more challenging. This spread the fleet out rather more than the first race and the final positions were Kev Hall first, Martin Honor (Ogston) second and Neil Thornton (Chelmarsh) third.

The final race was held after lunch when the strongest winds had abated and it seemed much easier though there were still a few capsizes. Again the racing was very close all round, with the whole fleet pretty much together for most of the race. The last race finished with Chris Brown (Grafham) first, Ian Hopwood second and Martin Honor third.

Final overall results for the day were first Ian Hopwood (Northampton), second Kev Hall (Northampton) and third Chris Brown (Grafham). We finished the day with prize-giving and beers on the terrace in the same glorious sunshine that had been with us throughout the day. An excellent day's sailing.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3Pts
1st5897Ian HopwoodNantwich1‑523
2nd5524Kev HallNorthampton31‑64
3rd6022Chris BrownGrafham‑4415
4th5880Martin HonorOgston SC‑5235
5th5401Jeremy ShintonBartley SC2(RET)79
6th4774Neil ThorntonChelmarsh74‑1011
7th5911Nigel DaviesDraycote‑66511
8th6004Jonathan WoodwardSouth Staffs8‑11412
9th5210Neil WilkinsonChase SC‑107815
10th4327Sam KnightBartley SC‑98917
11th5723Alan BishopGirton119(RET)20
12th5967James DawesRedditch1212‑1324
13th5854Alan WilliamsSutton SC‑16141125
14th5787Nick EvesBartley SC‑14111425
15th5636Dave BadgerBartley SC‑13131225
16th5644Paul BottomleySouth Staffs1515(RET)30
17th5675Maria Franco FerroNorthampton17(RET)RET35

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