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Solo Open at Papercourt Sailing Club

by Fraser Hayden 27 Oct 10:19 PDT 25 October 2020

The Papercourt Solo Open 2020 started with a downpour making for soggy rigging. However, once briefed and launched the sun came out and the breeze clicked in from the South West with 29 boats, including 12 visitors lined up for the first of 4 very competitive starts.

In Race 1, Roger Bennett (Silver Wing) got a clean getaway, with Fraser Hayden (Papercourt) and Paul Robinson (Papercourt) changing places throughout the race, with Paul finishing ahead by 1 boat length. James Boyce (Papercourt and previous winner) caught on the wrong side of the fleet worked through to 4th and Patrick Fell (Papercourt) made good progress up the fleet to finish 5th.

Race 2, after good starts James 1st tussled with Dad, Andrew Boyce (Papercourt), before breaking away. Paul Robinson then took over hassling Andrew and took second. Simon Denham (LIttleton), Patrick and Paul Playle (Island Barn) had a close race and finished 4th, 5th, 6th respectively.

In Race 3, James got away and stayed there to the end. This time Patrick was on form from the start, along with Fraser, Roger, and Paul Robinson. By the end, Fraser crept through to 2nd, ahead of Roger, Patrick and Paul.

For Race 4, the points were looking interesting: James had 6, Paul on 9, Fraser and Roger seemingly out of the picture on 12 and 15. James nailed the start, closely followed by Roger, Fraser, and Craig Clarke (Papercourt). These four got a good lead away from the pack, with Roger taking a turn to lead, before Fraser snuck through on the last run to take the bullet.

A great close finish with the top three divided by 1 point and a countback.

A socially distanced Tea and prize-giving followed with thanks given to the Club for holding the event, the Safety boat team and the Race team including PRO Clive White for managing 4 hotly contested starts with no general recalls! James thanked the visitors for one of his best days sailing this year!

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4Pts
1st5115James BoycePSC‑41135
2nd5381Fraser HaydenPSC3‑7216
3rd5487Roger BennettSilver Wings1‑11326
4th4973Paul RobinsonPSC22‑559
5th5678Patrick FellPSC554‑614
6th5666Andrew BoycePSC1137‑1321
7th5393Simon DerhamLittleton SC94‑12821
8th5818Mike DrayLittleton SC6‑99924
9th5180Paul PlayleIsland Barn1268‑1526
10th4970Sue TaylorSilver Wings1013‑19730
11th5597Jonny WellsEssex YC8‑14131233
12th5744  16810(DNC)34
13th5718Craig ClarkePSC‑191714435
14th4539Phil SheppardAylesbury SC14156(DNC)35
15th5562Simon Hamment 712‑181635
16th5771Tim JacksonPSC‑2410161137
17th5730Steve JonesLittleton SC1516‑241041
18th5575Paul TrevanFrensham Pond17‑21111947
19th5791Jason NoblePSC‑1818171449
20th5700Adrian Law 13‑23202356
21st4858Martin KempPSC2020‑231757
22nd5668Peter BinningDell Quay2119‑252161
23rd4454Stas LawickiPSC‑2222221862
24th4679Mark FullerPSC(DNC)DNC152065
25th5202Frank BrownPSC23‑25212266
26th4846Dave WelchPSC2524‑262473
27th5256John PantingPSC2626‑272577
28th4272James BaldwinPSC2727‑282680
29th4540Richard BurtPSC2828(DNC)DNC86

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