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International Canoe Open & Training Event at Castle Cove Sailing Club

by Steve Clarke 5 Sep 2018 14:07 PDT 1-2 September 2018
International Canoe Open at Castle Cove © Richard White

A beautiful early Autumn weekend greeted the IC fleet with light winds forecast on Weymouth Harbour.

On Friday the dedicated (or those needing the most advice and practice) attended a masterclass from local guru Adam Bowers on perfecting starts and the art of gorgeous sailing right from the start gun. Adam's training was both entertaining and thought provoking in getting that last bit of speed out the small but highly efficient rig and spending more time looking outside the boat and enlarging the circles of knowledge.

Saturday brought light winds from the south and with three races each day. The IC fleet was led from start to finish by World and European Champion Robin Wood demonstrating his extraordinary skills of light air boat speed which seem to defy the law of physics.

For the other mere mortals there was plenty of very tight racing with places changing regularly within the whole chasing pack.

The IC fleet is a highly competitive fleet with little differences in boat handling, setup and tactics making significant differences. A small mistake will lead to a big deficit very quickly which is impossible to make up such is the speed of the boats.

The AC fleet was showing great boat speed with their huge 23m kites having a significant effect downwind (unsurprisingly). Steve Bowen showed the fleet around the course except for race 2 when he capsized within 100m of the finishing line to let Martyn Osbourne through.

Sunday brought much of the same but with a nice 10-12mph breeze on the first two races allowing the IC's to get much closer to optimum boat speed. Competition was fierce as helms tried do find that little extra to get a nose in front and find the best way up the beat which inevitably seemed to be going right with left handers being largely punished. Downwind places changed regularly with wind making things very interesting closing up the fleet making final placings very close and fought hard right to the bitter end.

Behind Robin, Mike Fenwick was able to show the most consistency to come second overall with Dave Timson in third in the IC fleet and overall.

In the AC fleet, Steve Bowen came in on top.

Overall Results:

PosFleetSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1stIC344Robin WoodLlandegfedd11111(DNC)5
2ndIC341Mike FenwickCastle Cove33-3.522.5111.5
3rdIC339Dave TimsonLlandegfedd4-10537221
4thIC319Shaun AndersonOxford-117.53.564425
5thIC338Steve ClarkeLlandegfedd6-13755528
6thAC310Steve BowenLlandegfedd72992.5(DNC)29.5
7thIC343Phil AllenChichester97.5-11106335.5
8thAC288Andy GordonStokes Bay2510813(DNC)38
9thIC340Chris Hampe 1268410(DNC)40
10thIC334John EllisScaling Dam10-126118641
11thIC327Rob Bell 89-12129745
12thAC302Martyn OsborneLlandegfedd542(DNF)DNCDNC47
13thIC311Perham HardingSwanage1314137-15855
14thIC326Hugh De IonghCastle Cove-1611151412961
15thOD267Martin RobbCastle Cove1515-1615111167
16thIC336Rob StebbingCastle Cove14-161416161070
17thIC308Richard BowersCastle Cove(DNF)171713141273

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