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Sailingfast UKLA Thames Valley Series ILCA Open at Fishers Green Sailing Club

by Godfrey Clark 7 May 18:05 BST 4 May 2024
Soon after the start during the Fishers Green ILCA Open © Kevin O'Brien

Fishers Green Sailing Club held their annual ILCA open meeting on 4th May which is part of the Sailingfast UKLA Thames Valley Series. The event was generously sponsored with prizes from ILCA Direct. With an increased turnout from last year, ILCAs from 7 different clubs enjoyed sparkling conditions although we could have done with a bit more wind!

With weather forecasts advising a southerly breeze which would back to the south-east during the day, the problem for the RO was whether the early breeze would remain as it was, or if and when, the forecast change would occur?

Race one got away cleanly with local helm Peter Bettles making the best start and keeping to the middle of the course as the breeze shifted left and sometimes dramatically right in total contradiction of the forecast. The up and down breeze was such that a good lead at the top mark could rapidly disappear as the new wind filled in from behind, but Richard held on for the win from Andrew Hill-Smith and Richard Lympmoss.

The same pattern continued for heat two with Richard again narrowly leading the pack as the first five boats broke well clear of the fleet before the fleet returned ashore for a superb pasta lunch.

For race 3 again, the start got away at the first attempt despite an increasingly port biased line as the breeze did finally take a significant step to the south-east. Richard had two wins and decided to make it three, despite being chased closely in the dwindling wind.

With no real chance of a fourth race which the fleet largely seem to prefer, everyone headed home for afternoon tea. With the score-line showing an outright winner and despite a tie on 6 points, the runner up was undisputed whatever tie-break could have been employed.

Overall Results:

PosHelmSail NoClubR1R2R3Pts
1stRichard Bettles195742Fishers Green‑1112
2ndAndrew Hill‑Smith215492Papercourt24‑56
3rdRichard Lympmoss222771Bowmoor‑3336
4thClaudia Mancini172164Fishers Green5‑827
5thGraham Newman161375Fishers Green‑6268
6thMike Atkinson195812Fishers Green‑9549
7thPeter Crompton200663Wembley46‑710
8thColin Carver209002Wembley77‑914
9thJulian Barker197764London Corinthian8‑10816
10thSimon Williams120300Fishers Green109‑1319
11thHannah Baker195812Fishers Green‑11111021
12thRoberto Mancini202093Fishers Green‑12121123
13thChris Kilshaw218940Reading SC13‑141225
14thAngie Meyer160684Fishers Green‑15131528
15thOz Ahmet174216Fishers Green14‑151428
16thChloe Walmsley200434BBSC16‑181632
17thConrad Smith152760Fishers Green‑17171734
18thJeremy Clayden149316Fishers Green(DNC)16DNC36
19thPeter Dean179856Fishers Green(DNF)DNCDNC40

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