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Marblehead GAMES 5 event and Halfpenny Trophy at Guildford Model Yacht Club, Abbey Meads

by Roger Stollery 20 Jun 2023 13:26 BST
A relaxed scene, but high levels of concentration - Marblehead GAMES 5 event and Halfpenny Trophy at Abbey Meads © Martin Crysell

Despite a small entry, 16 races were sailed on a hot summers day in light east north-east variable breezes and created some close and exciting finishes.

RO Martin Crysell set a two lap windward-leeward course with a selection of three windward marks, starting and finishing on a line between them, with each race taking approximately 15 minutes.

Nigel Barrow, sailing a borrowed F6, started well with three straight wins and set the pace for the chasing pack of Barrie Martin sailing a STARKERS SQUARED and Dave Andrews sailing a GRUNGE.

The lunchtime leaderboard was headed by Nigel with 10 points, Barrie 12 and Roger Stollery 20.

The afternoon results, now with only five racing, belonged to Roger with four wins, two seconds and a third, but the main interest was whether Nigel could hold onto his lead over Barrie, who had three wins in this session. However Nigel's consistency with just one win and 4 seconds allowed him to win the new HALFPENNY Trophy by just one point!

At the prize-giving Nigel thanked Martin and Keith Parrott for running another good GAMES event and like every open event at Abbey Meads there is also a prize for the last competitor still racing; without those at the bottom of the list there would be no winners.

Racing a Marblehead for the first time, Celia Greetham was delighted with her micro-turbo cutter!


1st Nigel Barrow, Frensham Pond, F6 - 22 points
2nd Barrie Martin, London MYC, STARKERS - 23 points
3rd Roger Stollery, Guildford MYC, UP - 32 points
4th Graham Hetem, Datchet Water, F6 - 54 points
5th Celia Greetham, London MYC, ROAR EDGE - 58 points
6th David Andrews, London MYC, GRUNGE - 78 points
7th David Cole, Hampton Court, GRUNGE - 99 points

GAMES current standings:

1st Nigel Barrow - 350.1 points
2nd Roger Stollery - 261 points
3rd Paul Tickner - 230.6 points

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