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By Ben McGrane

A total of 47 competitors took part in the Castle Cove open held over the 14th & 15th May. A chance to race on the waters where the World Championships will be held in July this year ensure a high turnout along with all the best the UK have to offer in attendance, competitors weren’t left disappointed!

A total of six races were completed over the two days as scheduled, with forecast NW winds blowing offshore, consistency and smart sailing would prove key.

Saturday's races were held in shifty winds ranging from 8-20 knots with the course showing the right to be the favoured side. With a discard in after three races Graham Scott lead counting 2, 1 from local sailor Nick Grace who posted a strong 3, 2 in the first two races. Stuart Jones, Ben McGrane, John Browett and Simon Mussell posted consistent top 10 finishes to stay in contention going into the second day.

On Saturday evening the galley and bar volunteers did an excellent job of feeding competitors and a few beers were had to assist weary sailors in their recovery ready to do battle again the following day.

Sunday dawned and condition appeared much the same, the race team worked hard to set a course and get the racing underway but were eventually forced to delay until the direction settled. This proved the right decision as the wind swung into the west and increased in strength leaving the competitors to enjoy champagne sailing.

Ultimately it was Graham Scott who continued his strong form, scoring 1,1,2 he won by 6 points and with a race to spare. Stuart Jones score was enough to give him 2nd by 1 point over Simon Mussell. Ben McGrane and Ben Holden rounded out the top 5.

Click here for a gallery of event pictures. Warning contains Fireballs!

Results 

 

No

Helm                         

Race 1

Race 2

Race 3

Race 4

Race 5

Race 6

Pts

1

720

Graham Scott

2

(4)

1

1

1

2

7

2

2465

Stuart Jones

1

5

(6)

2

2

3

13

3

2420

Simon Mussell

(8)

1

5

4

3

1

14

4

24

Ben McGrane

4

6

4

(14)

7

4

25

5

2315

Ben Holden

10

7

2

8

(48/BFD)

6

33

6

702

Matt Aston

7

(27)

10

3

11

5

36

7

2484

Nick Grace

3

2

15

13

4

(48/BFD)

37

8

2503

Tim Holden

6

3

13

(18)

5

13

40

9

713

John Browett

5

8

3

16

9

(48/DNC)

41

10

2383

David Davies

(23)

16

11

10

12

9

58

11

2406

Ed Presley

12

14

17

6

(48/BFD)

12

61

12

646

Martin Frary

9

9

7

26

10

(48/BFD)

61

13

2376

Nick Noble

16

17

16

(21)

6

11

66

14

476

Daniel Taylor

19

12

12

(20)

17

8

68

15

2422

Neil Ferguson

11

18

20

(30)

13

10

72

16

2373

Mike Murley

13

19

(48/DNF)

9

16

19

76

17

694

Chris Boshier

18

10

18

(32)

15

15

76

18

2410

Mark Robinson

20

15

14

(33)

19

18

86

19

2505

Peter Dives

22

21

(48/DNF)

12

18

16

89

20

654

Thomas Hooton

17

20

23

11

(25)

25

96

21

2347

Martin Jones

35

26

9

(40)

14

14

98

22

2423

Allan Orton

(34)

13

22

17

29

17

98

23

2432

Jerry Hone

24

23

(48/DNC)

15

24

23

109

24

2263

Richard Batten

(48/DNC)

48/DNC

48/DNC

5

8

7

116

25

696

Tony Cook

15

25

(29)

23

26

27

116

26

2448

Stuart Backhouse

28

22

21

25

20

(32)

116

27

678

Bill Hooton

(37)

31

28

19

22

21

121

28

630

James Spikesley

(31)

30

24

28

23

22

127

29

2477

Chris Howe

29

32

(48/DNC)

24

27

20

132

30

675

David Gautier

30

28

27

22

(35)

30

137

31

469

C Tagoe

27

11

8

(48/DNC)

48/DNC

48/DNC

142

32

657

Rob Smith

25

(39)

33

27

32

26

143

33

703

Peter Hayward

32

(36)

26

31

31

24

144

34

2318

Allan Mollatt

(33)

29

30

29

28

29

145

35

241

Graeme Willcox

26

(48/DNF)

48/DNC

7

30

36

147

36

2490

Stuart Hudson

21

24

19

(48/DNC)

48/DNC

48/DNC

160

37

634

Marcus Scrace

39

34

31

(41)

33

28

165

38

669

Jock Fellows

36

33

32

(42)

34

31

166

39

2191

R Keevil

14

35

25

(48/DNF)

48/DNC

48/DNC

170

40

536

Kevin Francis

(42)

40

34

36

37

35

182

41

671

Graham Cooper

38

38

35

37

(39)

34

182

42

593

John Pym

(44)

41

37

38

38

33

187

43

705

Myles Blevett

41

(48/DNF)

48/DNC

35

21

48/DNC

193

44

629

Mark Lee

45

37

36

39

36

(48/DNF)

193

45

6

Chris H Walker

43

(48/DNF)

48/DNC

34

40

48/DNC

213

46

71

Sam Barker

40

(48/DNF)

48/DNC

48/DNC

48/DNC

48/DNC

232

47

340

Tim Eastaugh

(48/DNC)

48/DNC

48/DNC

43

48/DNC

48/DNC

235

 

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