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Solo class open meeting at Fishers Green Sailing Club

by David Walford 29 May 14:10 BST 21 May 2023
Solo class open meeting at Fishers Green © Angie Meyer

Fishers Green Sailing Club held their annual Solo Open Meeting on Sunday 21st May 2023. The forecast was for moderate conditions with prevailing wind from a north easterly direction. A good direction for the club with the race officer being able to set two longish beats / two good reaches and a long run in each race. The wind direction did alter in both strength and direction at times which resulted in a few capsizes in Race 1 and of course gains and losses during the day.

It was pleasing to see 22 entrants on the start line which included 13 club members. For Fishers Green Sailing Club another good attendance and thanks go to all that travelled alongside club members.

A four race event which now seems to be the preferred option for the Solo Fleets across the country with the opportunity to discard one result. I am pleased to report that the Solo Fleet were well behaved during the day with only one general recall. This being due to a violent short term change in the wind direction and not helms pushing the boundaries on the start line.

Race 1 - medium winds and a pin end favoured start. A clean start by all. Two longish predominantly starboard sided beats to the windward marks followed by reaches at speed and a dead run back to the leeward mark before returning onto the first beat. David Reekie (5607) was the winner followed by local helms Steve Conroy (5328) and Godfrey Clark (5801).

During the race gains were made / lost on each leg of the course as the wind speed varied and slightly changed direction.

Race 2 - a similar format to that seen in Race 1 apart from the windward marks being moved away from temporary wind shadows that were evident earlier. Again this race started in a fair breeze. A pin end favoured start. A similar course. Paul Rayson (5181) another local helm was the winner followed by two visitors Vince Horey (6010) and Steve Ede (6045).

Again positions were gained / lost especially on the run as helms searched for the fresher breeze.

Race 3 - After lunch the fleet launched for the two remaining races. Steady wind conditions remained with a clean start once the wind direction had settled down. A similar course to that set for Races 1 & 2. Another pin end favoured start.

As the fleet progressed up the first beat the conditions became tricky - gusts of wind alongside numerous changes in direction. Two longish beats / good reaches and a long run back to the leeward mark. Another different winner Vince Horey (6010) followed by Steve Ede (6045) and David Reekie (5607).

Race 4 - With three different winners from the previous races and the other results being close the final Open Meeting positions would be reliant on that achieved in Race 4. Sadly Vince Horey (6010) was DNF and Steve Ede (6045) OCS in this race. Both being over the line after a crowded tricky pin end start. Vince returned behind the line to partially capsize during this manoeuvre and then subsequently retire from this race. Steve continued without early knowledge of being OCS. Again a similar course with Paul Rayson (5181) winning Race 4 closely followed by another different visitor Mark Maskell (6007) and David Reekie (5607).

Overall another successful Solo Open Meeting enjoyed by all and a credit to those at Fishers Green Sailing Club for their organisation / hospitality etc. It is always great for both local helms and visitors to be competing on the water within a large / competitive Solo Fleet.

Final positions within the top five were calculated and prizes were given to all.

Overall Results:

1st Club Helm - Paul Rayson (5181)
1st Lady Helm - Claudia Mancini (4127)
Most Spectacular Capsize - Richard Coulter (5068)
Most Consistent Helm - Nick Pighills (5249)

PosnBoatHelmClub R1R2 R3R4Total Pts
1st5181Paul RaysonFGSC‑7141136
2nd5607David ReekieKing George SC1‑433117
3rd6010Vince HoreyKing George SC621‑23329
4th6045Steve EdeArdleigh SC432‑23329
5th4801Godfrey ClarkFGSC35‑641812
6th6007Mark MaskellBlackwater SC87‑922617
7th5328Steve ConroyFGSC288‑183618
8th 5730Steve JonesLittleton SC96‑1153120
9th5372Christian HillFGSC59‑1493723
10th5649Steve BishopHunts SC‑1211763624
11th6063James LeCoulliardKing George SC11105‑123826
12th5068Richard CoulterFGSC‑14121074329
13th3847Mike BarnesRYA / Lagos YC10‑231285330
14th5249Nick PighillsFGSC‑131313135239
15th4511Martin JarvisFGSC16‑1716105942
16th5819Phil SturmerBrightlingsea SC1516‑17115942
17th5329John WhiteFGSC‑171415146043
18th4639Barry LindsleyFGSC18‑1919157152
19th5020Roberto ManciniFGSC19‑2018167353
20th4022Harry StewardFGSC2015‑23‑238158
21st3611Pete HollinsFGSC‑212120177958
22nd 4127Claudia ManciniFGSC2218‑23‑238663

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