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Border Counties Midweek Sailing at Winsford Flash Sailing Club

by Pete Coop 10 Oct 2023 01:23 PDT 3 October 2023

Winsford Flash Sailing Club hosted the final round of the 2023 Borders Counties Series. 24 boats (27 sailors) entered with a healthy mix of dinghies including - Comet, Streaker, Miracle, Solo, Supernova, RS100, Laser, Topper and British Moth.

The racing format was three handicap races. Winds were variable ranging from 5 to 12 knots from a shifting westerly direction.

Race officer Jon close got the fleet cleanly from the first start at the southern end of the flash. Pete Coop in his Supernova got out in front with a good lead but on the final beat fell into a hole which allowed the chasing pack to close right up.

Following a short lunch break Race 2 got away cleanly. Lots of place changing and challenging wind shifts resulted in a very tight finish.

With different boats pushing into the podium positions, it was all to play for in the last race. Pete Coop led the pack from start to finish, but well sailed slower boats were always in contention on handicap.

In the end two Comets pushed into the top three with yet another different boat and helm taking the race on handicap - the Comet of Dave Turtle.

The first Double handed boat was the Miracle of Dave Southwell and Michelle Raines finishing in 10th place Nayth Twiggs was first junior in his Topper.

The wide variety of different podium winners and classes throughout the day is a key feature of the attraction of the Bordersand so no-one knows who has finished where until the handicaps are finalised and this ensures everyone is trying wherever they are on the course.

Dave Turtle as the leading visitor thanked Winsford for putting on a great day's racing. This event brings to an end to the Borders series for 2023.

Final Scores for the overall 2023 series:

1st Pete Coop - Supernova 22pts
2nd Ted Garner - Solo 44pts
3rd Andy Todd - RS100 50.5pts

1st Double hander - Dave Thomas and Shan Stapley - Enterprise/Miracle

1st Junior Nayth Twiggs - Topper

Winsford Flash event results: (Top three boats separated by just 1 point!)

PosClassSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3Pts
1stSUPERNOVA1281Pete Coop Winsford Flash‑3224
2ndCOMET815Dave Turtle Shustoke‑6.53.514.5
3rdSOLO5016Ted Garner Budworth‑9145
4thSUPERNOVA1296Eric Haselden Winsford Flash23.5‑95.5
5thSTREAKER1621Paul Newman Shotwick1‑767
6thLASER/ ILCA 7189181Mark Nield Shotwick45.5‑119.5
7thSUPERNOVA1320Phil Watson Winsford Flash‑6.55.5510.5
8thCOMET311Steve Bellamy Winsford Flash‑1610313
9thRS 100 8.4360Andy Todd Bala58‑1313
10thMIRACLE3740Dave southwellMichelle RainesLeigh & Lowton10‑13818
11thSUPERNOVA1253Ian Clarke Winsford Flash14‑20721
12thSOLO5963Phil Snewin Chester12‑141022
13thMIRACLE3520Simon DolmanJulie DolmanShotwick Lake1112‑1623
14thLASER RADIAL198833Ros Benson Winsford Flash13‑181225
15thMIRACLE4103Dave ThomasShan StapleyShotwick‑22111526
16thSOLO5536Richard Wynn Budworth15‑191429
17thTOPPER49191Nayth Twiggs Winsford Flash219‑2230
18thCOMET705Martin Loud Winsford Flash‑18151732
19thCOMET437Pete Chambers Winsford Flash8(RET)DNS34
20thBRITISH MOTH815Bill Webber Shropshire S C‑23161834
21stCOMET745Fiona Niddrie Winsford Flash‑24171936
22ndSUPERNOVA406James Stark Winsford Flash17‑212037
23rdSTREAKER2165Alexander Mill Winsford Flash1922‑2341
24thSUPERNOVA1241Frank Lafferty Winsford Flash20(RET)2141
25thCOMET690Carl Ellis Winsford Flash‑25232447

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