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Miracle Midland Championship at Staunton Harold Sailing Club

by Graham Watts 17 Apr 03:44 PDT 13-14 April 2019

Eight visitors joined the three home boats for the first event of the season on 13th/14th April at Staunton Harold Sailing Club.

With the wind blowing up more than forecast Race 1 saw Tracy Amos and Keith Macey lead the pace round the windward mark followed by Dave Butler and Ross Flemming then local sailors Graham Watts and Helen Jacks.

After the short reach and down the run Graham let the others know they were heading for the wrong mark only realising his mistake after taking the lead, but it didn't matter as they both passed him on the reach and after 2 more laps Tracy held on to win with Dave and Graham behind.

Race 2 again Tracy set the pace with Graham in close pursuit and passing on the 3rd beat to hold the win with Dave and Zara Turtle battling through to take 3rd place.

On the Saturday night the visitors had a 4 course Indian meal cooked by two club members then retreated to the bar ready for the cold night ahead.

Lighter winds greeted the sailors on Sunday morning but building ready for the two back-to-back races which saw Dave and Zara and Dave and Ross sail off leaving all the others in a good close battle some way behind with Tracy finishing 3rd behind the other 2 of which Dave and Zara won race 3.

In races 4 and 5 it was Graham and Helen that got to the windward mark first but in both races dropping back with Tracy winning Race 4. Dave and Ross took 2nd and Richard and Todd Brameld 3rd after previous disappointing results. Tracy continuing her good form went on to win race 5 and the Championships after a close battle with Dave and Zara who came in 2nd overall. Thank you to everyone who joined us for a superb Midland Champs, also to the Race Teams and Galley Teams who put on a fantastic weekend!

Overall Results:

1st 3692 Tracy Amos Keith Macey (Redoubt / Downs) 3pts
2nd 4025 Dave and Zara Turtle (Shotwick / Shustoke) 6pts
3rd 4060 Dave Butler Ross Flemming (Welton) 6pts
4th 3813 Graham Watts Helen Jacks (Staunton Harold) 8pts
5th 4115 Richard and Todd Brameld (Welton) 13pts
6th 4007 Simon Redcliffe Mark Atherton (Delph) 15pts
7th 3824 Tim Gray Ann/Amy Nugent (Staunton Harold) 16pts
8th 4020 John Tippett Kathy Boulton (Draycote) 23pts
9th 3755 Keith Martin John Whitehouse (TSDWC) 24pts
10th 4052 Dave and Jean Read (Girton) 27pts
11th 4037 Kevin Mills Roy Beadsman (Staunton Harold) 32pts

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