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505 Open at Draycote Water Sailing Club

by 505 Class Association 11 Oct 2022 07:40 PDT 8-9 October 2022

Eight 505s travelled to Draycote (which still has plenty of water), for the first regatta since the World Championship back in August. Boats travelled from as far as Largo Bay in Scotland and Southampton.

The temperature was rather pleasant for an Autumn weekend with a shifty 5-10mph on the Saturday. Roger Gilbert & Ben McGrane led the first race until the last lap, when with a significant shift and drop in the breeze they were overhauled by Nathan Batchelor & James Clark and then Charlie Walters & Dougal Cram.

That was about the only slip up Gilbert & McGrane made in the day and won the following two races comfortably. The racing behind was close - good to see Charlie Chandler & Chris Brooks along at their first event (fancy watching them sailing a modern 505 on the river at Tewkesbury!).

Sunday dawned a different day with winds from 12-22mph from the south. This meant a smaller course - but the race officer wisely changed the course to a windward-leeward in this stronger breeze. Whilst the day was different, the result was the same. Three comprehensive bullets for Gilbert & McGrane.

Charlie & Dougal got a 2nd, then two 3rds to finish 3rd overall. Batchelor/ Clark had a 3,2,2 to finish 2nd overall. Relative newcomers Tom Jeffocate & Mark Hogan sailed consistently to 4th overall.

Thanks to Draycote Water SC and the Fireball class for having us along.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1st9215Roger GilbertBen McGraneNetley Sailing club‑3111115
2nd9240Nathan BatchelorJames ClarkeTynemouth SC122‑3229
3rd9085Charlie WaltersDougal CramDatchet Water Sailing Club2‑5323313
4th9177Tom JeffcoateMark HoganChew Valley Lake SC444‑65421
5th8914Tim BirdMike PriddleBurton SC5355(DNC)DNC27
6th8514Michael SimsRichard NurseCarsington SC666‑74527
7th9203Jim BlythAdam KennyLargo Bay Sailing Club77‑846630
8th8881Charlie ChandlerChris BrooksTewkesbury Sailing Club887(DNC)DNCDNC41

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