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Contender Weston Open – 17th – 18th September

 

19 Contenders competed in the Weston Open with blue skies and an idyllic westerly force 4 on Saturday. 

Co-sharing with the RS600 fleet the Race Officer opted for a trapezoid course.

Race 1 started with the majority of the fleet heading out on starboard into Southampton waters, Martin Jones, Matt Aston, David Bate and David Davies opted to go right which favoured when rounding the windward mark giving them a comfortable lead over the rest of the fleet.  The wind proved gusty on the reach and capsizes were plenty when cracking off onto the run.  After 4 laps Matt had line honours followed by Martin Jones.

Races 2 and 3 were even tighter with the majority of the fleet playing wind shifts and going right.  Carl Tagoe took the lead at the windward mark with a close group of boats following.  Chris Boshier did everything right to win Race 3.

Chilli, skittles and a few beers rounded off the evening nicely!

 

Sunday started at 12.30, again waiting on the tides and wind with a light westerly 2 to 3.  Carl led the fleet at the windward mark but failed to spot the outer distance marker which was spotted by Matt!  14 boats sailed the incorrect course and were subject to a protest.  Matt led the correct course and won race 4.  Race 5 saw torrential rain which saturated the strength of the dying wind, the course was shortened but Stuart Hudson played the shifts to gain line honours.

 

Congratulations to Matt, who despite having a few more swims than most took the Open honours

 

 

Place

Points

Sail No

Helm

Club

1

11

2466/702

Matt Aston

Twickenham

2

14

469

Carl Tagoe

Unattached

3

16

2490

Stuart Hudson

Keyhaven

4

24

2347

Martin Jones

Wilsonian

5

25

699

David Bate

Weston

6

27

2376

Iain Horlock

Weston

7

28

687

Jeremy Blaydes

Weston

8

29

2373

Mike Murley

Weston

9

30

2522

Chris Boshier

Thorpe Bay

10

32

2383

David Davies

RYA

11

33

654

Tom Hooton

Weston

12

36

589

Keith Paul

Weston

13

39

625

Graeme Wilcox

Netley

14

46

630

James Spikesley

Netley

15

53

678

Bill Hooton

Burton

16

55

652

Ian Brooks

Treaddur Bay

17

57

628

Chris walker

Staunton Harold

18

61

703

Peter Hayward

Eastbourne Sovereign

19

69

686

Ralph Drew

Weston

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