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Thames Valley Area Enterprise Series 2019

by David Beaney 4 Nov 2019 01:02 PST
Enterprise open meeting at London Corinthian © Caroline Simonds

This year's Thames Valley Enterprise series involved open meetings at nine clubs and 48 different boats competed (slightly down on 2018), again most sailors only competed in their home event.

The key to a good open meeting turnout remains having a good turnout from your home fleet - we welcome guest appearances from home club sailors who might not normally sail Enterprises. The number of travelling sailors rose slightly this year with ten competitors travelling to at least one event beyond their home club.

Open meeting turnout was highest at London Corinthian with twelve competitors including six visitors on a very breezy day. Hampton and Chipstead had eleven competitors with Chipstead also getting six visitors this year. As a result of their high home fleet turnout and the contribution from their sailors visiting other open meetings, Hampton convincingly won the Champion Club Trophy for the first time

Thames Valley Area Championships - Frensham Pond Sailing Club

This was sailed in gusty and very variable winds. In a closely fought set of 3 races David Beaney crewed by his son Alex came out on top with Ann Jackson and Alan Skeens in 2nd place.

1st David Beaney and Alex Beaney (Rickmansworth Sailing Club)
2nd Ann Jackson and Alan Skeens (Burghfield Sailing Club)
3rd Roger Carter and Keith Mundy (Frensham Pond Sailing Club)

Thames Valley Bowl - Aggregate Trophy (best 4 results from all 10 opens)

This was a very tight series with the top two boats tied on points. The tie break based on the results of the last meeting in the series (Papercourt) came into play with Ann the worthy winner.

1st Ann Jackson and Alan Skeens (Burghfield Sailing Club)
2nd David Beaney and Alex Beaney (Rickmansworth Sailing)
3rd Ed Pepper and Eleanor Roberts (Littleton Sailing Club)

River Trophy - Aggregate Trophy (best 3 results from the 5 river meetings)

Another tight series with the leading two boats again tied on points and the last meeting tie break (Hampton) coming into play.

1st Ed Pepper and Eleanor Roberts (Littleton Sailing Club)
2nd David Beaney and Alison White (Rickmansworth Sailing Club)

Ladies Champion (awarded to the top lady helm at the Hampton Open meeting)
Sophie Peerless

Youth Champion (best performance by a junior sailor at the Hampton Open)
Sophie Peerless

Crews' Plate (winning crew in the Thames Valley Bowl)
Alan Skeens

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