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Notts County Cooler

by David Eberlin 1 Feb 06:15 GMT 28-29 January 2023

The Notts County Cooler dawned calm and grey, but this didn't deter 50 dinghies and 9 windsurfers from signing on.

The entrants were local from the East Midlands. The Midlands mini series started as an inter club race and now takes place at four clubs round the region. The series started at Burton a couple of weeks ago, it moved to Notts County SC on 28/29 Jan and then visits Staunton SC on 18/19 Feb and Ogston SC 25/26 Feb 2023, some more info on the series here.

The County Cooler got off to slightly later start to allow for lunch, their idea being to have three back to back races. The wind had other ideas, the fleets got off to a good start, but after about half a lap the wind dropped to a zephyr, just enough to finish the first lap but no more.

Kevin Hope (Notts County) in a Fireball managed to cross the line in first place, and was third on handicap, Nigel and Diana Pepperdine (Staunton) in an RS200 won on handicap with Will Hitcham (Carsington) second. The wind was too light for another race that day so Ken Twemlow, the race officer, called it a day, with a 10.30 start on Sunday. There was a good contingent of windsurfers from Burton, and Sam Birch won with Oscar Chow second in the windsurfing fleet.

Sunday was a much better day, with some sunshine, and a good westerly breeze, gusting to 30 mph. The extra wind saw some new faces at the front of the fleet Will Hitchman being the most consistent and winning overall, though Jamie Mawson from Notts County in his RS600 was on equal points, he had a worse discard so was second. Kevin Hope and Andy Stewart continued their consistency to come third with a win in the forth race. Peter and Rachel Gray (Staunton) in their Scorpion were next, followed by Chris Martin & John Tailby in a Merlin, there were only 5 points between the first 5 showing there was some great close racing. Sam Grayton (ICLA 6) in 7th overall, just beat Samantha Mason (Topper) by one place for the Junior Trophy, but a great result for both, Samantha even managed to beat her Dad!

The windsurfers, all from Burton saw Sam Birch win, with Oscar Chow second and willow Woodhouse third.

More photos at

Overall Results:


PosClassSail NoHelmCrewClubPYR1R2R3R4Pts
1stD Zero3076Will Hitchman Carsington1029251148
2ndRS 6001001Jamie Mawson NCSC920DNC2248
3rdFireball14856Kevin HopeAndy StewartNCSC9523613110
4thScorpion2045Peter GrayRachel Gray 1041DNC37212
5thMerlin Rocket3787Chris MartinJohn TailbyMidland/ NCSC980446513
6thSOLO5880Martin Honour Ogston1142UFD133319
7thILCA 6221502Sam Grayton NCSC11476144919
8thTopper47354Samantha Mason NCSC1365251110728
9thScorpion205Chloe WillarsRob GardnerNCSC1041DNC71111.529.5
10thILCA 7211259Richard Mason NCSC1100101816632
11thGraduate3025Isaac MarshAlex GibbonsStaunton Harold113291612DNC37
12thAlbacore8237Carl MetcalfEmma Metcalf‑SmithNCSC1040168152239
13thTopper48535Chloe Grayton  136526151411.540.5
14thScorpion2017Jon WillarsNicola Willars 1041179232046
15thILCA 6189200Mike Heap NCSC1147DNC17191046
16thILCA 7201645James Dalby Trent Valley110011202917.548.5
17thSOLO5774Clive Gimson NCSC1142DNC19221354
18thK192Chris Swallow Burton10641827201957
19thSOLO5856Brian Fisher NCSC1142830.5282359
20thILCA 4157412Sarah Mason NCSC1208DNC25211561
21stRS 2001318Nigel PepperdineDiana PepperdineStaunton Harold1046110DNCDNC63
22ndAero 72039Karl Morley Burton106532291717.563.5
23rdAero 71156Hayden Moore NCSC10652033252166
24thTopper44935Steph Gunn NCSC1365DNCDNC8868
25thILCA 7197774Carl Avery Burton11002726261668
26thRS 600810Jake Willars  920DNC125DNC69
27thScorpion2037Dave SnutchNick Orgles 1041DNC30.5182472.5
28thILCA 7209933Julian Lloyd NCSC1100302324DNC77
29thSOLO5866Ian Firth NCSC1142724DNCDNC83
30thILCA 7165374   1100DNC289DNC89
31stEnterprise19546Rachel HeesomBeverley HoweNottingham1122DNC3430DNF90
32ndMiracle4114Graham WattsHelen JacksStaunton Harold1194DNC2127DNC100
33rd42051773Stephanie GunnJames BurtonNCSC110513DNFDNCDNC103
34thSOLO5511Simon Forbes SHSC1142DNC1DNCDNC105
35thILCA 7216380Garry Knott NCSC11005DNCDNCDNC109
36thRS 4001355Paul ReynoldsGoizNCSC9422435DNCDNC111
37thILCA 7175375Iain Bond Staunton Harold110028DNC31DNC111
38thILCA 7182627Christine Statham Attenborough SC110012DNCDNCDNC116
39thILCA 7143614Charles Miles Hayter NCSC110014DNCDNCDNC118
40thAero 92421Paul Spiers NCSC101415DNCDNCDNC119
41stAero 92184Martin Hewitt NCSC101419DNCDNCDNC123
42ndScorpion20Phil DyneJo Riddell 104121DNCDNCDNC125
43rdAero 51717Gwyneth Lanyon NCSC1136DNC22DNCDNC126
44thScorpion2022Debi ForbesDebi ForbesStaunton Harold104122DNCDNCDNC126
45thILCA 7180990Tim Bird Burton110023DNCDNCDNC127
46thCOMET1516George Stanton NCSC121029DNCDNCDNC133
47thILCA 7159217Ben Jones NCSC110031DNCDNCDNC135
48thRS Feva XL2722Georgia RidellCillian DyneNCSC1244DNC32DNCDNC136
49thAero 92186Allan Beaton NCSC1014DNFDNCDNCDNC139
49thILCA 7214682Michael Papp Staunton Harold1100DNFDNCDNCDNC139
51stILCA 7164849Eliott Payne NCSC1100DNC36DNCDNC140


PosSail NoSailorClubR1R2R3R4Pts
1st801Sam BirchBurton111OCS1
2nd10Oscar ChowBurton253 2
3rd3473Willow WoodhouseBurton332 3
4th3498Alexander BowcuttBurton4 4 4
5th3450PhoebeBurton 4  8
5th3426AmeliaBurton 7  8
5th457John GayBurton 6  8
5th88Joe FaulknerBurtonDNC   8
5th69Natalia OrganovaBurtonDNC   8
5th11Beth BlackburnBurtonDNC2  8

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