Topper Open September 2008

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TOPPER

FINAL SOUTH EAST TRAVELLER       (No.14)
ISLAND BARN
20 09 08
 
 
REPORT
 
29 boats arrived for the final Topper Traveller. So did the sun. But the forecast 8 knot Easterly got lost en route, so the morning was spent tug-of-warring, raft building and early lunching. A ghost of a ripple appeared at 1pm and racing commenced.
 
Race 1 You might remember Clive Jackson, age 34, from last year, finishing second overall in boat number 16516. Well, Clive has bought a new boat. New to him that is - boat number 17501. For the uninitiated, the top squaddies are sporting sail numbers in the 46,000s.
Their sails crackled impressively with impregnated resin, promising light-air speed galore. Clive's old yellow sail looked as limp as HBOS's share price in comparison. In this slow one lapper, Charlotte Fenn led at the first mark, with Jonathan Hewat second and Ben Cooper third. Then the wind arrived. Clive's yellow relic became positively perky as he romped past half a dozen boats to finish second to Charlotte.
 
Race 2 - This became a match race between Ollie Machell and Clive, who both opened up a big lead on the rest. Ollie repulsed Clive's frequent attacks until the final downwind mark when Clive managed to gain a six inch inside overlap on Ollie, came away from the mark in the lead and took the race.
 
Race 3 - Ollie was hurt by this. He horizoned the fleet in the next race, winning by a 100 metres. Jonathan Hewat managed to hold off Clive for second place, setting the stage for the final race decider, with Clive and Ollie on 3 points, Jonathan on 5, Charlotte on 6, after 1 discard for each.
 
Race 4 - Those waiting at the first windward mark for an action packed rounding by the four contenders were a little surprised to find none in the first three. Island Barn junior Alistair Smithwas the surprise leader, followed closely by ex Area Rep Jo Wicken and Louis Knevett. Three of the leaders, Ollie, Jonathan and Charlotte had gone left on the beat and the wind had gone right. Wise Clive had stayed in the middle and rounded first of the leaders in 4th, with Jonathan, Ollie and Charlotte back in 8th, 10th and 15th. Louis Knevett passed the two leaders to win. Clive just needed to cover his rivals to the finish, which he did in style, pipping Jo Wicken on the line for second and securing the overall First Prize.
 
1        Clive Jackson        17501          Papercourt
2        Jonathan Hewat     46290          Medway
3        Ollie Machell                   46278          Papercourt
4        Charlotte Fenn       44942          Newhaven and Seaford
5        Jonty Freeman      45818          Newhaven and Seaford
6        Louis Knevett        35199          Newhaven and Seaford
 

RANK Sail Nos Class HELM CREW CLUB Total RACE 1 RACE 2 RACE 3 RACE 4 NET
1 17501   Clive Jackson   Papercourt SC 8.0 2.0 1.0 (3.0) 2.0 5.0
2 46290   Jonathan Hewat   Medway YC 14.0 3.0 3.0 2.0 (6.0) 8.0
3 46278   Ollie Machell   Papercourt SC 18.0 7.0 2.0 1.0 (8.0) 10.0
4 44942   Charlotte Fenn   Newhaven & Seaford SC 24.0 1.0 5.0 5.0 (13.0) 11.0
5 45818   Jonty Freeman   Newhaven & Seaford SC 25.0 6.0 4.0 (11.0) 4.0 14.0
6 35199   Louis Knevett   Newhaven & Seaford SC 31.0 10.0 (14.0) 6.0 1.0 17.0
7 42004 (46004)   Jack Spence   Papercourt SC 34.0 (16.0) 7.0 4.0 7.0 18.0
8 46223   Felix Crowther   Queen Mary SC 34.0 (15.0) 6.0 8.0 5.0 19.0
9 44304   Jo Wicken   Hawley Lake 42.0 12.0 8.0 (19.0) 3.0 23.0
10 46321   Sammy Bonella   Papercourt SC 43.0 5.0 9.0 10.0 (19.0) 24.0
11 15840   Will Harris   Island Barn Reservoir 10.0 Papercourt (14.0) 13.0 7.0 44.0
12 45794   Ben Cooper   Bough Beech SC 51.0 4.0 10.0 (20.0) 17.0 31.0
13 44954   Dan Fenn   Newhaven & Seaford SC 49.0 8.0 11.0 (18.0) 12.0 31.0
14 45266   Caroline Baldwin   Island Barn Reservoir 54.0 9.0 (18.0) 12.0 15.0 36.0
15 43126   Jackie Bonella   Papercourt SC 56.0 11.0 12.0 (17.0) 16.0 39.0
16 43170   Tom Howard   Island Barn Reservoir 56.0 13.0 (17.0) 15.0 11.0 39.0
17 44889   Helen Baldwin   Island Barn Reservoir 65.0 (21.0) 15.0 9.0 20.0 44.0
18 28391   James Skulczuk   Medway YC 74.0 23.0 (24.0) 13.0 14.0 50.0
19 45770   William Fitz-Gibbon   Queen Mary SC 74.0 20.0 16.0 14.0 (24.0) 50.0
20 42086 (46086)   Rachel Harris   Island Barn Reservoir 79.0 18.0 (28.0) 24.0 9.0 51.0
21 20884   Will Scott   Island Barn Reservoir 77.0 (22.0) 21.0 16.0 18.0 55.0
22 29847   Lucy Harris   Island Barn Reservoir 23.0 Papercourt 17.0 19.0 (23.0) 82.0
23 44298 (928)   Adam Bermingham   Wilsonian 92.0 19.0 20.0 (28.0) 25.0 64.0
24 46221   Angus Couper   Queen Mary SC 90.0 (24.0) 22.0 22.0 22.0 66.0
25 45155   Lois Moody   Crawley Mariners 97.0 25.0 23.0 21.0 (28.0) 69.0
26 16499   Alistair Smith   Island Barn Reservoir 103.0 (30.0 DNC) 26.0 26.0 21.0 73.0
27 43729   Olivia Bentley   Island Barn Reservoir 107.0 27.0 (29.0) 25.0 26.0 78.0
28 26963   James Gable   Island Barn Reservoir 105.0 26.0 25.0 (27.0) 27.0 78.0
29 41850   Emma Curran   Bough Beech SC 113.0 28.0 27.0 (29.0) 29.0 84.0

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