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Enterprise Midland Area Double Chine Series Round 3 at Tamworth Sailing Club

by Paul Young 29 May 2022 13:24 BST 21 May 2022

This event, the third in the Enterprise Midland Area Double Chine Series, was held at Tamworth SC on Saturday 21st May 2022. Five boats including visitors from Nottingham, Midland and Rugby and Daventry sailing clubs competed in the variable breeze mainly from a westerly direction on a pleasant dry day with sunshine.

The first race saw locals Nigel Allso crewed by Kate Brazier get away from the start line quickly, building up a substantial lead throughout the race, which they held to the finish, behind Martin Davies crewed by Rebecca Bradley (Rugby and Daventry SC) exchanged places several times with Paul Young crewed by Megan Ward (Midland SC).

At the start of the final beat Paul and Megan passed Martin and Rebecca and looked like they were going to finish second, however in an exciting windward finish in front of the clubhouse, Martin and Rebecca seized the lead again in a tacking battle close to the finish line to take second place just a couple of boat lengths from the finish line. Steve Evans crewed by Rhoda Simpson (Tamworth SC) were fourth with Rachel Heesom crewed by Beverley Howe (Nottingham/ Tynemouth) finishing fifth despite a broken rudder.

After an excellent ploughman's lunch, the second race started on the same course. This time it was Martin and Rebecca who got away taking advantage of a lift on starboard tack, later tacking onto port on a header. Nigel and Kate who held on a bit further had an even bigger lift on port to take the lead. Although the gaps between the boats changed in a yoyo fashion the order remained the same with Nigel and Kate winning again to secure the trophy. Martin and Rebecca were again second and Paul and Megan third.

With the overall winner already decided, the last race got under way in the best wind of the day. Paul and Megan needing a win to get the runners up spot from Martin and Rebecca. A chaotic start line saw the race officer use his individual recall flag. The racing was closer with several exchanges of position especially between Martin and Rebecca and Paul and Megan, who despite their best efforts finished in third again. Nigel and Kate sailed excellently to win their third race of the day.

On behalf of the visitors, Martin Davies thanked Tamworth Sailing club for a good day's racing.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3Pts
1st20443Nigel AllsoKate BrazierTamworth SC‑1112
2nd23320Martin DaviesRebecca BradleyRugby and Daventry SC‑2224
3rd22901Paul YoungMegan WardMidland SC‑3336
4th19546Rachel HeesomBeverley HoweNorttingham SC / Tynemouth SC‑5448
5th18324Steve Evans Rhoda SimpsonTamworth SC45(DSQ)9

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