Please select your home edition
Edition
PredictWind.com 2014

Solo Open at Burghfield SC

by Paul Bristow BSC Fleet Captain on 6 Oct 2011
Solo Open 2011 at Burghfield SC Burghfield SC
Solo Open at Burghfield Sailing Club was held on October 1st 2011. The Open saw six visitors join 10 locals for the eighth and penultimate meeting in the 2011 Thames Valley Solo series.

Watching the weather forecasts throughout the week leading up to the event the predictions were for an Indian summer with soaring temperatures and light winds. Arriving at the club early to clear blue skies, temperature already in the twenties all that was missing for that champagne day was the force three!! The lake was a mirror, but as the boats were rigged and the bacon butties consumed the wind started to show itself in patches but only a force one in the 'gusts' at best. The race officer Steve Townsend took the briefing and got us on the water setting a course that used the middle and top of the lake where the zephyr was just enough to give the sailors a fighting chance to keep their boats moving. Race one got underway with local helm John Eubank taking an early lead accompanied by the Thames Valley Series regulars Simon Corper, Barry Wickes and Dan Goodman with BSC Fleet Captain Paul Bristow gaining downwind to close the gap at the finish. Two laps were raced in the drifting conditions with Simon Corper taking the win from Barry Wickes, Dan Goodman, John Eubank and Paul Bristow.

Back to the club house for lunch over which a little more breeze became evident at the top of the lake allowing Steve to set a respectable first beat. Once again the leading bunch from the first race got away in the slightly stronger but shifty breeze joined by local helms Ian Linder, Dave Jones and early showings by Colin Price and Keith Runacres. Simon again took the win with Barry, Dan and John finishing in the same order as the first race and Ian Linder taking fifth.

The course and the breeze remained the same for race three with just a little more in the gusts at times allowing the legs to be stretched upwind. This time Dan Goodman got away on the first beat with Barry Wickes and John Ewbank. Simon having taken two bullets and therefore the open win headed back to the clubhouse to prepare his winning speech!! Dan took the win from Barry, John, Paul, and in fifth another local helm Peter Angwin.

Back to the club house for tea, cakes and a beer the prize giving was hosted by BSC Fleet Captain Paul Bristow with Glassware being handed out to the top three and top BSC helm.

Congratulations to Simon Corper for his two race wins and the event overall in his brand new Winder/Speed Mark 2 on its maiden voyage, apparently keeping up a tradition of winning first time out with a new 'Speed' boat!!

My thanks to the lake management team who made a monumental effort over the preceding two weeks to keep the lake sailable allowing the event to take place.

Many thanks also to the visitors who took part and to the race officer Steve Townsend, assistant race officers and the rescue crews for all their efforts which despite the challenging conditions made for a thoroughly enjoyable day.

The Thames Valley Solo Series is still not decided with Simon Corper and Dan Goodman neck and neck, the 2011 title is still to play for with the final event of the series at Kingsmead next Saturday where the winner takes all.

Results:

Event website
NaiadSouthern Spars - 100Bakewell-White Yacht Design

Related Articles

Vendée Globe – ETAs becoming clearer for Attanasio and Colman
Conrad Colman is only 163 miles from the finish, and although under jury rig is making 6.8 knots towards the finish. Conrad Colman (Foresight Natural Energy) is only 163 miles from the finish, and although under jury rig is making 6.8 knots towards the finish. Eve though the NW’ly wind will continue to veer northerly during the night and become lighter at times later in the day tomorrow, the Crazy Kiwi hopes to arrive on Friday night.
Posted today at 8:10 pm
Vendée Globe – The best of Didac Costa
Didac Costa's welcome back was big. At the heart of it were the men and women of the Les Sables d'Olonne fire service. Didac Costa's welcome back to Les Sables d'Olonne was big. And at the heart of it were the men and women of the Les Sables d'Olonne fire service.
Posted today at 7:55 pm
RORC Caribbean 600 – Epic win for Bella Mente
Bella Mente counted 85 sail changes and at one point, both yachts were way-over canvassed, smoking along at 30 knots The lead in the Maxi72s changed hands on seven occasions during the race. Bella Mente counted 85 sail changes and at one point, both yachts were way-over canvassed, smoking along at 30 knots in a gigantic squall.
Posted today at 5:14 pm
The 10 most impactful youngsters in Volvo Ocean Race history
Age is just a number, right? Well, yes – according to some of the sailors who've tackled the world's toughest ocean test Age is just a number, right? Well, yes – according to some of the sailors who've tackled the world's toughest ocean test.
Posted today at 4:50 pm
Vendée Globe – Vendee2020Vision – Six best solo sailors selected
Vendée2020Vision helped with the coaching and development of a 10-strong squad of Britain’s top aspirant solo skippers. While in Les Sables d’Olonne competitors continue to stream across the finish line after three and a half months at sea, in Southampton work continues to train up British sailing talent to give them the best chance of competing in the Vendée Globe in four year’s time.
Posted today at 1:15 pm
Extreme Sailing Series– ENGIE and Team Tilt to take wildcard challenge
Headed up by highly experienced offshore sailor, Sebastien Rogues, ENGIE come with valuable experience in the GC32 Following their participation in the inaugural GC32 Championship - also being staged in Muscat - the GC32 Racing Tour teams ENGIE and Team Tilt will compete in the Extreme Sailing Series season opener in Oman in less than two weeks' time.
Posted today at 11:57 am
Invisible Hand In inshore mode – Images by Erik Simonson
Invisible Hand In inshore mode – Images by Erik Simonson Invisible Hand In inshore mode – Images by Erik Simonson
Posted today at 11:31 am
Vendée Globe – Didac Costa takes 14th place
The tenacious, driven Costa succeeded with one of the smallest budgets of 29 skippers who started race on November 6th. The tenacious, driven Costa has succeeded with one of the smallest budgets of the 29 skippers who started the race on November 6th.
Posted today at 9:36 am
Vendee Globe - Foresight Natural Energy Day 109 - Ancient Homer
The wind has died. The one proud mainsail drags lazily back and forth across the cabin top. The wind has died. The one proud mainsail drags lazily back and forth across the cabin top. Even the rippling laughter of the wake down the side of the hull has dulled as Foresight Natural Energy lethargically crawls across the dark disk of the horizon. The bright orange jib is the only flash of colour in a quiet world where a dull lead coloured sea lolls under a pewter sky.
Posted today at 4:36 am
CCA welcomes America's fastest non-stop solo circumnavigator
The CCA is particularly proud of member Rich Wilson’s accomplishment in the just completed Vendée Globe race The Cruising Club of America is particularly proud of member Rich Wilson’s (Marblehead, Mass.) accomplishment in the just completed Vendée Globe race. Sailing solo for nearly 27,500 miles aboard Great American IV, Wilson finished the planet-rounding competition in just over 107 days, returning to the west coast of France on Tuesday February 21, 2017 after having started there on November 6, 2016.
Posted today at 3:44 am

Rank

Class

SailNo

Helm

Club

R1

R2

R3

Total

Nett

1st

Solo

5260

Simon Corper

Salcombe YC

1

1

(17
DNF)

19

2

2nd

Solo

4735

Daniel Goodman

Littleton SC

(3)

3

1

7

4

3rd

Solo

4684

Barry Wicks

Maidenhead

(2)

2

2

6

4

4th

Solo

4978

John Ewbank

Burghfield SC

(4)

4

3

11

7

5th

Solo

4400

Paul Bristow

Burghfield

5

(6)

4

15

9

6th

Solo

4250

Ian Linder

Burghfield S.C.

6

5

(17
DNC)

28

11

7th

Solo

4342

Peter Angwin

Burghfield S.C.

(10)

8

5

23

13

8th

Solo

5029

Dave Jones

Burghfield SC

7

7

(17
DNF)

31

14

9th

Solo

4658

Wynn Kenrick

Burghfield S.C.

8

(10)

7

25

15

10th

Solo

3400

Colin Price

Burghfield SC

(11)

9

8

28

17

11th

Solo

5033

Kevin Fuller

BMSC

13

(15)

6

34

19

12th

Solo

1806

Keith Runacres

Burghfield SC

(17
DNF)

11

9

37

20

13th

Solo

4096

Stewart Eaton

West Oxfordshire SC

9

12

(17
DNC)

38

21

14th

Solo

3990

Chris Hay

Burghfield SC

12

13

(17
DNC)

42

25

15th

Solo

3813

Phil Dodd

West Oxfordshire SC

(17
DNF)

16

10

43

26

16th

Solo

4195

Nick Carter

Burghfield S.C.

(17
DNF)

14

17
DNC

48

31