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Notts County SC First of the Year Race in aid of Young Lives vs Cancer

by David Eberlin 2 Jan 16:03 GMT 1 January 2023

The annual First of the Year race at Notts County Sailing Club had well over forty entries with from all over the Midlands. The Geoff Parker Memorial trophy and Phil Davies Memorial Trophy, along with a Junior and Windsurf trophies were up for grabs.

The entry was a donation to charity the Commodore chose Young lives vs Cancer and over £350 was raised on the day.

The forecast was for some strong winds, sunshine and mild, whilst there were some gusts the actual winds were less than forecast and whilst there were quite a few spills it was good sailing weather and much warmer than earlier in December.

After an early briefing racing was under way spot on 11.30 with the windsurfers, all from Notts County, got off to a good start, Guy Sprekley won the first race with Gerry Ball winning the second followed by Oliver Beadnall, Gerry taking the overall trophy. Ken Twemlow the race officer set an interesting course with a long beat, runs and reaches.

The dinghies were split into fast and slow handicap starts with the results amalgamated after the racing. The fast handicap saw Kevin Hope and Andy Stewart in a Fireball from Notts County win the first race with Sam Mettam from Papercourt in an Aero second, the following race saw overall positions swapped making Sam the overall winner of the Geoff Parker trophy, Kevin & Andy winning the Phil Davies Trophy both boats on 3 points.

The next few places came from the fast fleet with Jeremy Arnold and John Allen from Notts County 3rd in a Flying 15 on equal points with Jamie Mawson in an RS600 in forth. Chris Martin (Midland) and John Tailby (Notts County) took their merlin to 5th with Joe Scurrah (Carsington) 6th in an Aero.

The first Junior Katherine Gunn, in a Topper was not far behind coming 8th overall with Samantha Mason next and Cloe Grayton third junior. The junior racing at the top was close with the three Toppers close together for much of the racing.

After a pause for the results prize-giving took place.

Plenty of more photos

The Midlands mini series starts in a couple of weeks at Burton SC (14/15th Jan) followed by Notts County (28/29th Jan) and Staunton (18/19th Feb) and finally Ogston (25/26th Feb) all are welcome, paid up members from each club enter free and it's a great way to keep racing before the spring series starts. Some details are here, see also the individual clubs websites.

Overall Results:

PosFleetClassSail numberLast nameCrew NameClubJunior HelmJunior CrewR1R2Pts
1stSlowAero 63437Sam Mettam    213
2ndFastFireball15133Kevin HopeAndy StewartNCSC  123
3rdFastF154091Jeremy ArnoldJohn AllenNCSC  639
4thFastRS6001001Jamie Mawson NCSC  369
5thFastMerlin Rocket3787Chris MartinJohn TailbyMidland/ NCSC  549
6thSlowAero 74307Joe Scurrah Carsington SC  4913
7thSlowILCA 7216380Garry Knott NCSC  8513
8thJuniorTopper48571Katherine Gunn NCSCY 9817
9th?42051740Martha ChristensenEllie RushNCSC  121022
10thSlowILCA 6209933Julian Lloyd NCSC  111223
11thSlowILCA 7211259Richard Mason NCSC  101424
12thSlowTopper44935Stephanie Gunn NCSC  18725
13thFastSCORPION2017Jon WillarsNicola WillarsNCSC  151126
14thJuniorTopper47354Samantha Mason    131326
15thFastRS K6114Tony HarperSteve WatsonNCSC  72229
16thFastRS4001363Ross RyanKathryn H‑SmithNCSC  161531
17thFastF153975Angus WrightLucinda WattsNCSC  171633
18thJuniorTopper48535Cloe Grayton NCSCY 142135
19thSlowLaser 4.7157412Sarah Mason NCSC  201939
20thFastRS 4001516John HobsonRebecca OgdenNCSC  221840
21stSlowILCA 7197774Carl Avery Burton SC  232043
22ndSlowLaser Radial196749Mick Tolliday NCSC  271744
23rdFastScorpion2037Dave SnutchMichael ProctorNCSC  242448
24thSlowAlbacore6654Clive GimsonPaul McHenryNCSC  19DNF50
25thFastHadron H2134Graham Young NCSC  21UFD52
26thFastRS400569Paul BurtonPhil NorthGirton SC  282755
27thSlowLaser200322John Rowell NCSC  DNF2865
28thFastSuper Nova1234Nick Whiles Girton  DNFDNF68
29thFastRS600938Simon Hibbert NCSC  DNC2370
30thFastScorpion1835Nick OrglesLisa RollinNCSC  DNC2572
31stSlowAero 74277Richard Goodman NCSC  25DNC72
32ndSlowSOLO5856Brian Fisher NCSC  DNC2673
33rdSlowILCA 6123661     26DNC73
34thFastRS4001525Martin HartMoira HartNCSC  29DNC76
35thJuniorTopper 4.248214Peter Gatherwood NCSCY DNFDNC84
35thJuniorTopper 4.2361/ 365James Burton NCSCY DNFDNC84
35thJuniorTopper41853Obehi Atalor NCSCY DNFDNC84
35thSlowFF Classic2260Will GardnerNicki TheokritoffNCSC  DNFDNC84
35thJuniorTopper46770Cillian Dyne NCSCY DNFDNC84
40thFastRS 600810Jake Willars NCSC  DNCDNC94
40thSlow42056546Heather QuinnGwyneth LanyonNCSCYYDNCDNC94
40thSlow42051341Edward QuinnEdward PalingNCSCYYDNCDNC94
40thSlowLaser197690Sam Grayton NCSCY DNCDNC94
40thSlowAero 71156Hayden Moore NCSCY DNCDNC94
40thSlowLaser159217Ben Jones NCSC  DNCDNC94
40thSlowLaser Radial185352Toby Clingon NCSC? DNCDNC94
1stWindsurferWindsurf961Gerry Ball NCSC  314
2ndWindsurferWindsurfer811Oliver Bednall NCSC  426
3rdWindsurferWindsurfer367Guy Spreckley NCSC  1DNC7
4th Windsurf135     2DNC8
5thWindsurferWindsurfXLuke Berwick NCSC  DNFDNC12

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