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Comet Open at Winsford Flash Sailing Club

by Pete Coop 20 Jun 2022 07:38 BST 4 June 2022
Winsford Flash Comet Open © Lesley Gooden

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.

The sailors were met 12-14 mph easterly wind with occasional gusts up to 17 /18. This ensured a challenging day of racing sailing with hiking, planning and wind shifting up to 50 degrees.

Race 1

Within 30 seconds of the start, we had our first couple of capsizes. As the fleet worked its way towards the first mark Eddy Pope led Pete Coop and Chris Robinson. By the third lap Pete had got past Eddy only for Eddy to re-take the lead on the final lap. All competitors reported close racing with lots of position changes.

Race 2

Alan Bennett rounded the windward mark first followed by Pete and Chris. Pete overtook Alan and built a good lead which he maintained to the finish. A great race by Rosemarie Benson saw her climb into 3rd place. Eddy had been as low as 7th but made a good recovery to finish 2nd.

Race 3

So, with Eddy and Pete both sharing a 1st and 2nd , it was all to play for going into the final race and with the strongest wind of the day. On the first leg Eddy went left, Pete was in the middle and several boats chose the right. Surprisingly all 3 choices were reasonable which resulted in big compression of boats arriving at the windward mark. Eddy just got round in first, Pete was back in 7th and despite climbing back to 2nd it was not enough to deny Eddy outright victory. Rosemarie Benson sailed another good race finishing 4th and securing the prize for first lady Helm.

Our race officer John Close and his team did a great job and the day finished with plenty of home-made cakes.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmR1R2R3Pts
1st377Eddie Pope1‑212
2nd610Pete Coop‑2123
3rd867Chris Robinson3‑636
4th311Rosemarie Benson‑8347
5th126Alan Bennett44‑78
6th877Charlotte Coop5‑8510
7th293Catherine Whittaker65‑811
8th800Henry Jaggers‑77613
9th895Chris Fowler99‑1018
10th382Roger Harrison‑1110919
11th697Janet Gaukroger10‑111121
12th745Fiona Nidri‑14121224
13th235Derek Armstrong12‑131325
14th705Martin Loud13‑141427
15th98Claudie Black‑15151530
16th690Carl Ellis1616DNF32

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