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Solo class Eastern Area Championship at Brightlingsea Sailing Club

by Godfrey Clark 23 May 12:54 PDT 11-12 May 2024
Solo class Eastern Area Championship at Brightlingsea © Jane Somerville

On 11th and 12th May Brightlingsea S.C. hosted 23 Solos for the Brightlingsea Eastern Area Open/Championship, with the event being held jointly with the Merlin Rockets. The weather could hardly have been better with warm sunshine and a 'champagne' force 3 to 4 Easterly on Saturday with a quieter Force 2 - 3 on Sunday.

Three races were sailed on each day, all with triangle, sausage, triangle courses. On Saturday all the beats except for the last couple were across a strongly flooding tide which made it hard to judge the approach to the top mark.

Day 1 was dominated by local helm, Alex Corby, tacking onto port soon after the start and stretching away across the tide to round the first mark and not look back. Alex ended the day with a 2/1/1, with remaining honours going to Tim Lewis by grabbing the other win. The beats gave some good hiking practice, followed by some good planing and surfing gusts on the reaches to keep everyone entertained.

With many visitors camping overnight, the club laid on hot evening meals for those not brave enough to risk the local curry house and provided breakfast by the waterside the next morning.

Day 2 saw the fleet with a long walk down the slipway to launch at the bottom of the tide and make their way out of the creek before the flood gathered pace which would later require a course adjustment between races.

The day would be dominated by Steve Ede, taking three straight wins to secure the meeting while Alex faltered in the lighter conditions and Tim consolidated with two more solid fourth places.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1st6045Steve EdeArdleigh‑5‑421115
2nd22BAlex CorbyBrightlingsea211‑83‑157
3rd5704Tim LewisDatchet1‑13444‑713
4th5922Piers LambertBrightlingsea33‑1026‑914
5th6007Mark MaskellBlackwater YC‑187(DNF)32416
6th6067Chris BunnLady YC923‑13‑10519
7th6016Jarvis SimpsonBrightlingsea‑1458‑145624
8th5259Roger WilsonRollesby Broad7‑14‑1197225
9th4801Godfrey ClarkFishers Green8(DNF)‑1678326
10th5665Paul AldridgeBrightlingsea‑1987‑159832
11th5703Stuart WorthBrightlingsea6(DNF)146‑171036
12th5969Nick BarnesBrightlingsea‑2012‑155111139
13th5324Steve CorbyBrightlingsea495(DNC)(DNC)DNC42
14th4343Paul ChurchBrightlingsea11119‑1714‑1645
15th6024Daniel WilletBrightlingsea1066(DNF)(DNC)DNC46
16th5745Robin PageBrightlingsea‑1210‑1212121246
17th3847Mike BarnesRYA‑1717‑2011131354
18th5972Rowland SmithBrightlingsea13‑191316‑181456
19th5717Barry WinterBrightlingsea‑2216‑1810161860
20th5249Nick PighillsFishers Green15(DNF)(DNC)DNF151771
21st5535David YoungsBrightlingsea161517(DNC)(DNC)DNC72
22nd5417Steve ForresterRickmansworth(DNC)(DNF)DNC18191980
23rd6008Patrick YoungBrightlingsea211819(DNC)(DNC)DNC82

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