Please select your home edition
Edition
Selden 2020 - LEADERBOARD

Lightning368 Season Finale at Dorchester Sailing Club

by Simon Hopkins 20 Oct 2011 05:11 PDT 15 October 2011

The day started with the lake as the proverbial mill pond, but 12 hopeful Lightning sailors rigged the boats anyway, and went for tea whilst the wind made up its mind whether to appear or not. After a short 15 minute delay, there was a small ripple on the water and the fleet made its way out for the first start. This was going to be a day of being in the right place at the right time and making the most of what little breeze there was.

Making an immediate impact with his newly purchased boat was Lightning debutant Dave Chadwick, who luffed Simon Hopkins over the line and then sailed off up the first beat to round first followed by Caroline Key, Matt Hopkins and Nigel Webb. In the following laps Caroline and Matt reeled Dave in and a battle ensued with Dave trying in earnest to defend from the light wind specialists, but to no avail as both slipped by with a lap to go to finish 1st and 2nd. Simon H, recovering from his early bad start, passed Nigel for 4th with the race just long enough for Dave to stay ahead and 3rd at his first competitive race. One to watch next season!

Race 2 and the wind was not being fair to the race officer swinging 30degrees in either direction. Simon H did not make the same mistake as race 1, starting at the pin to sail the one sided ‘beat’ to arrive at the first mark in the lead. This time it was Matt’s turn to be over early, courtesy of Lee Bratley, with an added penalty turn to boot giving him lots of ground to make up later in the race. On lap 2 the impressive light wind speed of Simon Styles and Caroline enabled them to move though into 1st and 2nd, only for Simon S sail to the wrong mark on the last lap allowing Caroline through for the win. The fast recovering Matt, passed Simon H, somewhere in the middle of the race to take 3rd with Adam Styles coming in 5th.

All then retired to the club house for a superb lunch of baked potatoes and a relax in the sunshine. With the wind even less than before and the open meeting won, Caroline decided to sit race three out, so 11 boats made their way to the start only for Dave C to have rudder problems and miss the race. Surprisingly the wind decide to blow straight and true for the start of the race and a clean start saw Simon H, take the lead followed by Adam, Dad Simon S with Matt in close pursuit. Was this to be the race of the families?

By the second lap the wind had had enough and died away to less than before. Matt used the impressive zero wind boat speed he had had all day to sail through everyone into a massive lead and record the win. Adam, Simon S and Simon H swapped positions with every lap depending who had the wind at the time. On the last leg Adam was ahead of Simon H who needed 2nd in the race to secure 3rd in the meeting but it was not to be by about an inch. Adam sailed into 2nd gifting his Dad 3rd overall by finishing 4th. They swear it was not team work!

So Caroline Key took the meeting with two firsts ahead of Matt Hopkins and Simon Styles. Further misery for Simon Hopkins as he finished tied on points with Adam Styles but 4th went to Adam on the strength of that inch in the last race!

A really enjoyable finale to the final Open of the season, with excellent racing all down the fleet.

Although absent for this event, Lightning builder John Claridge had done enough to be crowned the 2011 Lightning 368 Open/Traveller Champion, well done JC from all in the fleet.

There's been some great, close racing amongst the Lightning fleet all season, but moreso the camaraderie between helms. Whether a 'regular' on the circuit or simply popping along to support your 'local' Open event, a friendly welcome and great banter is assured.

Due to a quite quirky calender, the new season starts again in just a few weeks with the Rum and Mince pies at West Oxford on the 12th November. This will include a post-race dinner evening to which any Lightning sailor is welcome - whether sailing the event or not. For more details, go to www.lightning368.org

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR 1R 2R 3Pts
1st406KEY CarolineWest Oxfordshire SC11(DNS)2
2nd288HOPKINS MattUP River YC2‑313
3rd292STYLES SimonSevern SC‑6246
4th236STYLES AdamSevern SC‑7527
5th253HOPKINS SimonUP River YC‑4437
6th271CHADWICK Dave 37(DNS)10
7th372WEBB NigelCookham Reach SC5‑6510
8th409BRATLEY LeeManor Park SC‑128614
9th323JENNER WayneAbbey SC‑1110717
10th274LIGGETT MikeHunts SC‑99817
11th21WESTLEY BrianManor Park SC8‑11917
12th284POTTS ChrisWest Oxfordshire SC10‑121020

Related Articles

Lightning 368 Rum & Mince Pie Open
Season ends with Travellers Trophy awarded The traditional Rum & Mince Pie season curtain closing event of the 2023 Noble Marine Insurance Lightning 368 Travellers Trophy series took place at West Oxfordshire SC on Saturday, the 11th of November. Posted on 13 Nov 2023
Bartley Lightning 368 Open
Penultimate event of Noble Marine Insurance Travellers Trophy Series Eleven Lightnings competed at Bartley SC in the penultimate event of the 2023 Noble Marine Insurance Lightning 368 Travellers Trophy Series on Sunday 22nd October. Posted on 30 Oct 2023
Noble Marine Lightning 368 Nationals at Chase
The highest number of sailors competing since 1999 Continuing a recent trend of increasing attendances at their events, 29 Lightnings arrived at The Chase SC for the Noble Marine Insurance Lightning 368 2023 National Championship over the weekend of the 16th & 17th September Posted on 26 Sep 2023
Lightning 368 Inland Championship at Oxford
It looked a bit intimidating before launching, but most found it was great It was another wild windy day that faced the 13 competitors at Oxford on Saturday 19th August, with a steady 16-18 knots rising to 23 knots in the gusts! Posted on 21 Aug 2023
Noble Marine Lightning 368 Sea Championship
Strong winds at the Lymington Dinghy Regatta Following on from the large turnout of over 20 boats at the Northern Championship, it may seem a bit disappointing that there were only 7 entries for the 2023 Noble Marine Insurance Lightning 368 Sea Championship on 12th & 13th August at Lymington. Posted on 14 Aug 2023
Noble Marine Lightning 368 Northerns at West Kirby
The largest turnout at an open in many a year In the largest turnout at an Open Meeting in many a year, 21 Lightning 368 sailors, representing 11 clubs, the furthest afield being from Weston SC near Southampton, competed in the 2023 Noble Marine Insurance Lightning 368 Northern Championship. Posted on 26 Jul 2023
Lightning 368 Southern Championship at Up River
Penny Yarwood on coaching duties and then takes the trophy next day There was a nice breeze and plenty of sunshine at Up River YC for the traditional Saturday Lightning 368 Training Day. Five visiting and two local boats had a great day of starting practice and learning how tides work. Posted on 23 May 2023
Lightning 368s at Shotwick Lake
15 boats venture marginally across the border into Wales A healthy visiting fleet of 11 boats, 4 from Chase SC, joined the 4 local boats for the opening event of the year as Lightning 368 sailors again ventured marginally across the border into Wales. Posted on 15 May 2023
Noble Marine 2022 Lightning 368 Travellers Series
49 qualifying races at 14 locations, with the 12 best results to count The Noble Marine Insurance 2022 Lightning 368 Travellers Trophy Series took place over 49 qualifying races at 14 locations, with the 12 best results to count for the series (only the best 3 races from any one location). Posted on 16 Dec 2022
Lightning 368 Rum & Mince Pie Open
Finale of the Noble Marine Travellers Trophy at West Oxfordshire SC The traditionally named Rum & Mince Pies Open Meeting held at West Oxfordshire SC on Saturday 12th November did involve a bottle of Rum and several mince pies but was also the venue for the finale of the Lightning 368 Noble Marine Travellers Trophy. Posted on 16 Nov 2022
C-Tech 2021 (Spars-QFX Racer) 728x90 BOTTOMVaikobi 2024 Sale - FOOTERArmstrong 728x90 - MA Foil Range - BOTTOM