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Noble Marine 2022 YY - LEADERBOARD

Streaker HD Sails Southern Paddle Series Open at Bough Beech Sailing Club

by Veronica Falat 19 Apr 06:19 BST 13 April 2024
Dave Adams wins the Bough Beech Streake Open © Lloyd Roberts

The Streaker open meeting at Bough Beech SC on April 13th attracted a fleet of 19 boats for some exciting, action-packed racing as part of the 2024 HD Sails Streaker Southern Paddle series.

The conditions were quite challenging with some strong gusts and a lot of shifts but the race team was very slick and all 4 races were run with the minimum of fuss. This was a joint event with Finns and D-Zeros and the club should be congratulated on providing a really good day's sailing.

The first race began with Simon Cory from Downs SC making an excellent start at the pin end of the line, with Dave Adams from Broadstairs SC just above him. Adams tacked off but Cory stayed on starboard a bit further until he could take advantage of a port lift and lead the fleet. Eventually, after 3 laps of the trapezoidal course, Cory took the win with Adams 2nd and James Dawes 3rd.

The 2nd race saw Lee Goodey, sailing his brand new boat for the first time, start at the pin while both Cory and Adams were pushed over the line and had to gybe round and re-start. Adams managed to overtake Goodey on the first beat and led at the windward mark. Goodey then re-took the lead on the run and stayed ahead until the final gybe when he capsized and Adams took the win. Goodey recovered quickly enough to finish 2nd with Simon Gillow in 3rd place.

After a break for lunch, race 3 saw Adams and Cory again at the pin end of the start line. This time Cory attempted a port tack start but Adams called starboard on him and forced him to accelerate over the line a moment too early. Cory had to restart while Adams could get away and into the rhythm of the shifts. In fact Adams led for the whole race while Cory was in the chasing pack where places were changing many times each lap. Dawes took 2nd place, Gillow was 3rd again and Cory had to count a 5th.

By the start of race 4, Adams was assured of overall victory, with 2 wins and a 2nd. However, he was happy to race again and it turned out to be the closest finish of the day. Cory got the best start and led the fleet for the whole race but Dawes caught him up on the final run and was just inches behind him. However, at the last mark, Adams got water on Dawes and so sneaked into 2nd place which he held to the finish.

Dave Adams' consistency in the gusty, shifty conditions was really remarkable. Lots of other boats had moments near the front of the fleet but suffered mishaps such as missing vital shifts, especially near the windward mark where the wind was switching direction with vigour! It was tough sailing but a lot of fun!

The next event in the 2024 HD Sails Southern Paddle series will be on Saturday 20th April at Banbury SC.

Overall Results:

PosHelmSail NoClubR1R2R3R4Pts
1stDave Adams2151Broadstairs SC‑21124
2ndSimon Cory2137Downs SC1‑6517
3rdJames Dawes1975Redditch SC3‑4238
4thSimon Gillow1709Chipstead SC‑733410
5thChris Foster1943Rollesby Broad SC65‑8516
6thCeri Thomas2161Broadstairs SC4‑1141119
7thVeronica Falat1972WOBYC‑977620
8thMatthew Whitfield1901Tamworth SC‑886822
9thBrian Smith2175Bowmoor SC11‑149727
10thIan Whitfield1900Tamworth SC‑15.59101029
11thPhil Halldron2109Downs SC‑131211932
12thChris Smith2132Island Barn RSC101312(DNS)35
13thSimon Herrington1958Downs SC121013(DNF)35
14thLee Goodey2186Broadstairs SC15.52(DNS)DNS37.5
15thNick Marden1774Bough Beech SC5(DNS)DNSDNS45
16thDenise Judd1384Downs SC18(DNF)151245
17thJulia Blackman2126Downs SC171614(DNS)47
18thJeremy Daniell1948Downs SC1415(DNS)DNS49
19thKyriacos Kyriacou1933Broadstairs SC1917(DNS)DNS56

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