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Border Counties Midweek Sailing at Winsford Flash Sailing Club

by Pete Coop 29 Sep 2022 18:38 BST 27 September 2022

Despite a forecast of potential stormy winds and driving rain, 19 boats turned up to find a wind ranging from 5 to 12 knots and initially no rain!

Pete Coop had already secured the outright series win, but the other podium places were all up for grabs from 4 boats as discards would start to kick in throughout the day.

Race officer John Close and his team got the first race away on time - Pete Coop (Supernova), after a brief duel With Eric Haselden (Supernova) extended his lead to win the race, with Eric 2nd and the Solo of Ted Garner 3rd after handicaps and average laps were calculated.

Following a short lunch break the rain came down! Race 2 got under way and following a very tight start with a square line Pete Coop was first to the windward mark and extended his lead throughout the race. Eric recorded another 2nd while Dave Turtle (Comet) started his move up the overall leader board with a 3rd place.

Race 3 got promptly under way with frequent showers. This time the line had a slight starboard bias which caught a few sailors out as they were trapped on the left-hand side of the course.

The race was characterised by a significant wind change from Northwest to Northeast on the final lap.

Pete Coop again arrived at the front of the pack and extended out to take the win. This time 2nd and 3rd places went to the 2 solos of Ted Garner and Phil Snewin.

Special mention went to Mel Randall who has only been sailing 6 weeks. This was her first regatta and she finished with 3 boats behind her and was the first Lady helm.

On behalf of the visitors Ted Garner thanked WFSC and highlighted how the culture of the Border Counties series was very positive, friendly, inclusive and proved that a number of different boats can compete and put-up good scores.

Overall Results:

PosClassSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3Pts
1stSUPERNOVA1281Pete Coop Winsford Flash1112
2ndSUPERNOVA1296Eric Haselden Winsford Flash2264
3rdSOLO5016Ted Garner Budworth3625
4thCOMET852Dave Turtle Shustoke4357
5thSOLO5154Bill Webber Shropshire S C68410
6thLIGHTNING 368410Jeremy Cooper Shotwick Lake55710
7thSOLO5963Phil Snewin Chester1110313
8thSUPERNOVA590George Coop Winsford Flash77DNF14
9thCOMET311Steve Bellamy Winsford Flash891017
10thSUPERNOVA519Pete Chambers Winsford Flash144DNF18
11thCOMET705Martin Loud Winsford Flash1012818
12thSOLO5888Phil Proctor Chester911918
13thSUPERNOVA1041Steve Vandersteen Winsford Flash13141124
14thMIRACLE3520Simon DolmanJulie DolmanShotwick Lake16131225
15thENTERPRISE22688Dave ThomasShan StapleyShotwick Lake12151426
16thCOMET739Mel Randall Winsford Flash19171330
17thSUPERNOVA1241Frank Lafferty Winsford Flash15161530
18thSUPERNOVA406James Stark Winsford Flash17181633
19thMIRACLE4116Ellen DinelowPete WilliamsBala1819DNC37

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