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Hadron H2 Solent Trophy event at Warsash Sailing Club - Overall

by Keith Callaghan 25 May 2022 07:24 BST 21-22 May 2022
Start Race 5: Ian Dawson is squeezed out of the line, with unfortunate consequences at the Hadron H2 Solent Trophy 2022 at Warsash © Keith Callaghan

As the competitors munched their hearty breakfasts at Warsash SC on the second and final day of the H2 Solent Trophy, the wind was looking to be as forecast - rather feeble. However, the absence of clouds and the onshore direction of the feeble wind held a promise of a sea breeze cutting in before midday.

The fleet launched immediately after the briefing by RO Peter Knight but exiting the Hamble River against the flood proved a slow process. It was apparent that the fleet would not be able to reach the race area for the scheduled start time. There thus followed a one hour postponement, by which time the hoped-for sea breeze of 7-10 knots had arrived.

The gentler breeze brought some of the lighter helms to the fore: Ian Dawson led at the weather mark in race 4 but disaster struck as he rounded - his kicking strap became untied and he lost many minutes repairing it. Then Richard Leftley had an uncharacteristic capsize, discovering that no kicker and no centreboard when gybing is more than a little dodgy. Josh Hamer took full advantage of these events and sailed to a good win, which he then repeated in race 5.

So with one race to go, Richard was in an almost unassailable position (unless he capsized again!) but second place was very tightly contested. With one discard, Josh Hamer was on 9 points, Tim Garvin was on 11 and Andrew McGaw on 12. So Tim had to finish 3 places higher than Josh in the last race to jump to second. Tim finished second, behind Richard, but Andrew McGaw and Roger Millett finished ahead of Josh, who was in 5th place. Thus newcomers Tim and Josh finished second and third overall.

A second beautiful day of sailing was thus completed and the crews returned to the hospitable club for an excess of cakes to top up the calories consumed afloat.

Thanks again to Warsash SC for a great weekend!

The above gives a brief summary of the day but we have prepared a short video which shows you some of the racing and includes comments by Dougal Henshall and interviews with Richard Leftley and Tim Garvin.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1145Richard LeftleyBurghfield SC111‑8216
2105Tim GarvinQueen Mary SC22‑1225213
3114Josh HamerGlossop SC4‑5311514
4146Andrew McGawGrafham Water SC3‑4243315
5131Roger MillettChichester YC63‑1254422
6102Ian LittleThorpe Bay YC‑76436726
7152Ian DawsonWarsash SC575‑127630
8133Graham CooperBradford‑on‑Avon SC‑98679838
9154Adrian WilliamsWarsash SC8‑121268943
10125Nigel AthertonWarsash SC10‑12129101253
11150Chris HughesWarsash SC‑12121212121260

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