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Enterprise Midland Area Double Chine Series Open at Nottingham Sailing Club

by Paul Young & Martin Davies 21 Oct 2022 08:12 BST 16 October 2022

This event, the fifth and penultimate in the Midland Area Double Chine Series, was held on the River Trent at Nottingham Sailing Club on Sunday 16th October 2022. The conditions were excellent with a steady force 3 wind from the south west and warm sunshine.

Four visiting boats from Ogston, Rugby and Daventry and Midland sailing clubs joined the local boat for some excellent racing.

The first race saw Phil and Rosie Wilson (Ogston SC) make the best start from the starboard end of the line to round the windward mark first, closely followed by Paul Young crewed by Megan Ward (Midland SC) with Martin Davies crewed by Lauren Morgan (Rugby and Daventry / Midland SC) in third.

On the following run things got very close with all three leading boats overlapped at times. Paul and Megan took the lead just before the leeward mark, but later lost out to both Martin and Lauren and Phil and Rosie on the following beat. Paul and Megan regained second place on the final lap but failed to catch up with Martin and Lauren who won this race comfortably from Paul and Megan in second and Phil and Rosie third.

After lunch the wind became more fickle and a little lighter. This time Paul and Megan made a good start but soon found themselves in a sandwich between Martin and Lauren and Phil and Rosie unable to tack, however soon afterwards they took full advantage of a wind shift which enabled them to get to windward of the other two boats and round the windward mark, first followed closely by Martin and Lauren and Phil and Rosie. Paul and Megan then managed to extend their lead over the next two laps.

On the final lap Martin and Lauren closed Paul and Megan down becoming overlapped on the final run. A determined Paul and Megan held on managing to round the last leeward mark on the inside before pulling away on the final beat to secure victory.

With the meeting now nicely balanced, the third and last race started in a dying wind, although there was sufficient to reach the windward mark, with Martin and Lauren leading from Paul and Megan around the first mark.

As the competitors sailed away from the windward mark the wind gradually died. The earlier you left the better so the fleet stretched away to the leeward mark. The order did not change although with some extremely fluky wind in the last half lap it might well have done.

The whole fleet closed ranks with Oliver Mason crewed by Ilana Davis (Midland SC) and locals Rachal Heesom crewed by Beverley Howe joining in the action but the eventual positions remained unchanged. Martin and Lauren held on to win both this race and the meeting.

After the prize-giving winning helm Martin Davies thanked on behalf of the other competitors all the volunteers from Nottingham Sailing Club who gave up their time to provide an enjoyable day with some great racing. He also thanked his crew Lauren Morgan for her excellent crewing, especially in her first time in an Enterprise and also competing away from her own club in an open meeting for the very first time.

The last event of the Double Chine series is to be held at Hunts SC in Cambridgeshire on Saturday 22nd October.

Martin Davies currently leads the series, but could be beaten by Paul Young on tie break if he wins this event overall.

We look forward to an exciting final event.

Midland Area Double Chine Series Results after Round 5:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubBarnt Green SCMiddle Nene SC.Tamworth SCMidland SC.Nottingham SCPts
1st22320Martin DaviesRebecca Bradley / Aimee Allsopp / Lauren MorganRugby and Daventry SC.(DNC)(DNC)2215
2nd22901Paul Young.Megan Ward / Jan Kimber .Midland SC.1‑4‑3326
3rd20361Oliver MasonMegan Ward / Ilana DavisMidland SC(DNC)(DNC)DNC5427
4th19546Rachel HeesomBeverley HoweNottingham SC / Tynemouth SC(DNC)(DNC)4DNC527
5th23443Jonathan WoodwardMatt SmithSouth Staffs SC .(DNC)(DNC)DNC1DNC37
6th20443Nigel AllsoKate BrazierTamworth SC(DNC)(DNC)1DNCDNC37
7th22439Phil BevanCatriona BevanLyme Regis SC Salcombe YC.(DNC)1(DNC)DNCDNC37
8th22702Jane ScuttNick ScuttMiddle Nene SC.(DNC)2(DNC)DNCDNC38
9th19676Jim SawleStanley Sawle / Mabel SawleMidland SC.2(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC38
10th22512Phil WilsonRosie WilsonOgston SC(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC339
11th23089Charles MorrishAlison Robertson Morrish.St Marys Loch SC.(DNC)3(DNC)DNCDNC39
12th22428Gordon PadmoreRose Padmore.Barnt Green SC.3(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNC39
13th20937Mike HomerGeorge BenderMidland SC.(DNC)(DNC)DNC4DNC40
14th18324Steve EvansRhoda SimpsonTamworth SC.(DNC)(DNC)5DNCDNC41
15th22906Matt Yallop.Andy ConnellanMiddle Nene SC.(DNC)5(DNC)DNCDNC41
16th19041David WheelerPhil DeeleyMidland SC(DNC)(DNC)DNC6DNC42
17th22629Richard AdamsCharlotte AdamsMidland SC.(DNC)(DNC)DNC7DNC43

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