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Comet Open at Fishers Green Sailing Club

by Godfrey Clark 9 May 12:46 BST 4 May 2024
Fishers Green Comet Open © Godfrey Clark

Fishers Green SC held their annual Comet open meeting on 4th May, as part of their travellers' series. Comets from 8 different clubs enjoyed sparkling conditions although we could have done with a bit more wind!

With 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 Eddie Pope 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 Eddie had laid out his stall for 3 straight wins 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. Eddie was chased throughout by Annette Walter with two solid second slots. With no real chance of a fourth race which the fleet largely seem to prefer, everyone headed home for afternoon tea.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3Pts
1st377Eddie PopeOgston‑1112
2nd323Annette WalterWelwyn Garden22‑34
3rd597Ben PalmerBaltic Wharf‑4325
4th867Chris RobinsonBurghfield3‑447
5th41Mark SmithFishers Green5‑8611
6th868Helen EvansSilver Wing65‑811
7th532John CoppenhallHunts‑77512
8th174Meg WarrenChipstead‑86713

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