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OK Sprint Championships at Burghfield Sailing Club

by Chris Turner 28 Mar 13:57 PDT 16 March 2019
OK Sprint Championship at Burghfield © Mary Reddyhoff

This being the first open meeting of the year, many were put off by the forecast, whilst many other open meetings were being cancelled it looked like we were going ahead.

On arrival there was a lot of coffee drinking and not many boats being un covered, it was a far cry from the recent World Championships in New Zealand, both in temperature and wind strength.

Dave and Burt were clearly discussing their options:
"C'mon Burt we're going sailing"
"Oh please don't make me go Dave, please, please, I'm scared...."
"Burt, we're here, everyone's watching, you can't back out now"
"I don't care Dave, I don't want to go,...don't make me Dave, please..."
"I don't care Burt, c'mon, we're going"
"But, but, (small tear) I'll only go if I can use 2170, that other one scares me...."
"Ok Richard, its ok. You can use that one then, now c'mon....."
"But do I have to Dave??????"

After the realisation that the race committee were serious about going sailing boats were quickly rigged and brave souls changed.

Neither Dave or Burt had a watch between them so Burt found himself in the unusual position of starting near the Committee boat listening out for the countdown. Meanwhile Chris was looking to occupy Burt's normal position of 'tacking the pin'...Sadly for him that resulted in being ran over by a National 12 trying to make it down wind to the starting area and subsequently missing the start.

Only three boats managed to clear the start line and on completing two round of a triangle course Burt finished ahead of Dave with Deryck finishing in third.

The second race the breeze was now really blowing. The start was much the same with Dave, Burt and Deryck starting at the Committee boat, with Chris again looking for the pin start. This time it paid off and Chris set off on Port to clear the others and to never be caught. On the final round, the wind now gusting up to 38 knots, even the 'big man' Burt was knocked flat on the final reach to the finish line but still recovering from a couple of flips to come home second. The ever consistent Deryck again finishing third.

With the wind now at the top end for racing OKs (F7 gusting F8) was abandoned for the day.

So, much like the recent Worlds Burt did only manage to win one race (in case you hadn't heard yet) but this time he did win the event, Deryck with two thirds finishing second overall, complete with battle scars and Chris rounding out the podium in third.

Burghfield Sailing Club laid on a great event both on and off the water and we all went home with smiles on our faces.

Overall Results:

PosSail_NumberHelm NameSailing_ClubR1R2Pts
1stGBR2170Richard BurtonGUL123
2ndGBR 18Deryck LovegroveBurghfield SC336
3rdGBR44Chris TurnerLyme Regis SCDNC115
4th2155David BourneRYA2DNC16
5thGBR 41William HeritageGurnard SCDNCDNC28
5thGBR2213Russell WardHayling IslandDNCDNC28
5th/12Ian WhiteEmberton SCDNCDNC28
5th2126Nigel MilliganBurghfield SCDNCDNC28
5th2198Alex ReeveBurghfield SCDNCDNC28
5th2074Steve TownsendBurghfield SCDNCDNC28
5th22Alan AtkinBurghfield SCDNCDNC28
5thGBR58Mary ReddyhoffParkstone SCDNCDNC28
5thGBR25Anthony RichBowmoor SCDNCDNC28

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