Please select your home edition
Edition
Melges 2023 - Melges 15 LEADERBOARD

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

Related Articles

Enterprises at Bristol Corinthian
Severnside Travellers' Series finale Bristol Corinthian Yacht Club open, on the 22nd of October, was the last event of the Enterprise Severnside Travellers' Series of 2023. It may well be that last ever race of a Severnside series. Numbers have dwindled. From not many to very few. Posted on 29 Oct
Enterprise SW Area Championship at Looe
Travellers keen to try out the 2024 Natioanls venue With the 2024 Enterprise Nationals scheduled for Looe next year, travellers were keen to try out the water in readiness. Phil Sowden and Gordon Jonas along with Wayne Williams and Dean Williams joined the fresh faces at Looe SC for the 2023 SW Areas. Posted on 2 Oct
Forfar Enterprise Open
Final event of the Scottish Bluebell Series The final round of the Bluebell series was sailed at Forfar SC in light and shifty conditions. Eleven visitors joined one local boat for an interesting weekend's sailing. Posted on 26 Sep
Enterprise Scottish Championship at St Mary's Loch
Ten visitors joined five local boats, including some welcome returns Ten visitors joined five local boats for the Scottish Champiobship held at SMLSC, including 2 "oldies" of the Ent fleet- Euan Dunn & Neil Piper making a welcome return after at least 15 years away, both sailing with their daughters. Posted on 1 Sep
Salcombe GinĀ© SYC Regatta 2023
Immense enjoyment for everyone, both on and off the water Undoubtedly, it's an unanimous sentiment that this year's Salcombe GinĀ© SYC Regatta brought immense enjoyment to everyone, both on and off the water. Posted on 14 Aug
Midland Enterprise Open
Midland Area Double Chine Series Round 3 This event the third in the 2023 Enterprise Midland Area Double Chine Series was held at Midland SC on Sunday 18th June 2023. The conditions were warm and cloudy with a tricky light South Easterly breeze which was variable in both strength and direction. Posted on 27 Jun
Frensham Pond Enterprise Open
Varied wind with large shifts for the Thames Valley series event The Enterprise Open meeting on 18th June, as part of the Thames Valley aggregate trophy, was sadly not to emulate Kevin Costner's 'Field of Dreams' and saw a fleet of 5 consisting entirely of home boats although two of the crew were visitors. Posted on 22 Jun
View of a newbie at the Enterprise Nationals
Another perspective on how friendly the class is We arrived at Penzance on Friday evening, the night before the club officially opened for the event. However, Steve Sargeant had created a WhatsApp group of competitors and some PSC members, so I let them know I was coming. Posted on 14 Jun
Sunrise to Sunset at Leigh & Lowton
Second running of event very popular, and next year's date is set already On Saturday 10th June 2023 Leigh and Lowton SC hosted the second of their Sunrise to Sunset races. Now destined to become a firm fixture in the clubs busy sailing calendar, the club played hosts to teams from two visiting sailing clubs. Posted on 14 Jun
Enterprise Nationals at Penzance overall
A nail-biting finish saw three contenders all vying for the top spot The final day's racing at the Enterprise Nationals saw a nail-biting finish with three contenders all vying for the top spot. Posted on 1 Jun