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Noble Marine Comet Championship at Attenborough Sailing Club

by Roger Day 31 Aug 2017 08:39 PDT 26-27 August 2017

Twenty visitors joined eight local members to sail the Noble Marine Comet Championship at Attenborough SC.

Saturday was sunny with light winds but with no change forecast. The first race got away with little delay but wind shift just prior to the start resulted in a mass of boats on starboard at the pin end of the line which saw some boats bailing out at the last minute to avoid collisions. Chris Hatton soon got away from the fleet and stayed there throughout the race. Chris Robinson and Eddie Pope kept 2 and 3 place positions from the end of the first beat to the finish.

After lunch, the wind had not improved and was described by someone as "settled to be variable". The fleet got away to a clean start and by the end of lap one had spread out along the lake. Chris Hatton gained a lead and stayed there. Meanwhile, Eddie Pope was running in second place and Bob Dodds came through the gate in third place. The race was shortened to just 2 laps after almost an hour of sailing. The first three positions at the end of lap one remained unchanged at the finish.

Race three was held back to back which meant quite a long wait for the front runners before the start which again got away cleanly. The wind continued to promise an increase and change direction but then dashed all hopes by fading again. At the end of lap one we had a new face, John Coppenhall (532, Hunts SC) followed by Eddie Pope and Nigel Austin (875, Crawley SC). By the end of lap two, Eddie Pope found a way through to lead from John Coppenhall whilst Bob Dodds had come through from fifth to third. These positions were maintained to the end of lap 3 as the race ended.

Sunday dawned fine and clear but again the wind was light and variable. The OOD tried to get the fleet away at the allotted time but postponed the start to change the start line and the course. The variable wind still resulted in a biased start when the gun sounded but it was another clean start and there were a lot of tacks put in before the first mark. Eddie Pope came through the gate at the end of lap one in the lead followed by Chris Hatton and Nigel Austin. The light winds resulted in a very drawn out fleet along the length of the lake. The race was finished after just two laps with Eddie Pope and Chris Hatton holding onto their positions. Nigel however dropped a place whilst Bob Dodds managed to gain two places to finish in third.

The fifth and last race of the series got underway with just twenty boat but a gust caught out several sailors who found themselves on the wrong side of the line and had to go around the end of the line to start. The usual faces however featured amongst the lead boats. Chris Hatton got himself to the front and stayed there throughout the three lap race. Chris Robinson came through the first lap in second place but slipped to fifth in lap three and Nigel Austin slipped from third to fourth. Eddie Pope fought his way from fourth to third on the last lap whilst Bob Dodds came through from sixth at the end of lap one, fifth at the end of lap two to finish in third position.

Overall Results:

PosHelmSail NoRigClubR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1Chris Hatton48 Seven SC117215
2E Pope804StandardOgston SC321137
3Bob Dodds869 Crawley SC8333211
4Nigel Austin875StandardCransley SC41054417
5Chris Robinson867StandardBurghfield SC 2769520
6John Coppenhall 532 Hunts SC6528921
7Izac Dodds701 Crawley SC5845DNF22
8Michael Pritchard807StandardAttenborough SC94116625
9Michael Ettershank84StandardUp River SC10161011738
10Dave Harris841StandardDave Harris7121416841
11Henry Jaggers800 Beer SC14138121144
12Alan Hatton838 Seven SC16151671250
13John Sturgeon400ExtraHawley Lake SC131917101050
14Paul Jago599 Attenborough SC11612NF DNS58
15Alan Bennett126StandardStaunton Harold SC1299DNSDNS59
16Michael Thompson518StandardCrawley SC181813221362
17Stephen Bellamy311StandardWinsford SC241418171463
18Peter Mountford864ExtraStaunton Harold SC20171519DNS71
19Andrew Beaumont 556 Attenborough SC172321151871
20Malcolm Davidson856StandardAttenborough SC212124141672
21Trica Peacock885ExtraArden SC262420131673
22Paul Hinde844 Seven SC151119DNSDNS74
23Jill Reid441 Attenborough SC192226211577
24Paul Smith627ExtraAttenborough SC222623201782
25Nigel Fern 845 Staunton Harold SC252022DNSDNS96
26Diana Thompson649 Crawley SC27272918DNF101
27Roger Chilvers 488 Attenborough SC232525DNSDNS102
28Iona Reid356 Attenborough SCDNFDNFDNFDNFDNS116

First Veteran: Nigel Austin (Cransley SC)
First Ancient Mariner: Mike Pritchard (Attenborough SC)
First Lady: Trica Peacock (Arden SC)
First Junior: Jill Reid (Attenborough SC)
Novice (first championship series): Malcolm Davidson (Attenborough SC)
Committee Prize: Iona Reid (Attenborough SC)

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