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Enterprise Midland Area Double Chine Series Open at Midland Sailing Club

by Paul Young 22 Jun 2022 09:18 BST 12 June 2022

This event the third in the Enterprise Midland Area Double Chine series was held at Midland SC on Sunday 12th June 2022. Conditions were excellent, a warm dry day with a gusty moderate west south-westerly wind which veered slightly during the afternoon, providing planing conditions at times.

The first race saw Jonathan Woodward crewed by Matt Smith {South Staffs) lead the fleet around the first windward mark followed closely by Richard Adams crewed by daughter Charlotte (Midland SC). Richard and Charlotte then exchanged places a few times with Paul Young crewed by Jan Kimber (Midland SC) and also Martin Davies crewed by Aimee Allsopp (Rugby and Daventry SC). Following Richard and Charlotte retirement due to the conditions, Martin and Aimee then remained in second position behind Jonathan and Matt who won by a good margin. Paul and Jan finished third, with Oliver Mason and Megan Ward (Midland SC) not far behind.

The second race started after an excellent lunch of baked potatoes and chocolate cake, on a new course. Paul and Jan got the best start crossing the fleet on port tack; however, it was Jonathan and Matt who rounded the first windward mark in the lead, just ahead of Paul and Jan, with Martin and Aimee in third.

Jonathan and Matt were challenged by Martin and Aimee several times before breaking clear to win their second race of the day securing the trophy.

Paul and Jan and Martin and Aimee had a few more battles during the race. At the finish Martin and Aimee finished second and Paul and Jan third.

The last race saw a slight increase in the wind strength, causing a couple of capsizes. A new course was also set. With the trophy now secure Jonathan and Matt swapped places. Following a fair start, the first beat was nip and tuck between Matt and Jonathan and Paul and Jan, with Matt and Jonathan pulling ahead just before the windward mark. Paul and Jan then continued to apply pressure to Matt and Jonathan for most of the first lap until they again pulled clear. Martin and Aimee then charged forward to pass Paul and Jan to secure the runners up slot.

Winning helm Jonathan Woodward thanked the other competitors and everyone at Midland Sailing club who had volunteered, to run some great racing and a very enjoyable day.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3Pts
1st23443Jonathan WoodwardMatt Smith.South Staffs SC.11(RET)2
2nd22320Martin DaviesAimee AllsoppRugby and Daventry SC.‑2213
3rd22901Paul YoungJan KimberMidland SC‑3325
4th20937Mike HomerGeorge BenderMidland SC.‑6538
5th20361Oliver MasonMegan WardMidland SC.44(DNF)8
6th19041David WheelerPhil DeeleyMidland SC56(DNF)11
7th22629Richard Adams.Charlotte Adams.Midland SC.(DNF)DNCDNC16

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