Laser Open Meeting 2 Oct 2010

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 Lasers at Island Barn 2 October, 2010

The day dawned bright but rather breezeless as the 33 entrants prepared for the annual Open Meeting at Island Barn. Fortunately by the time of the first race a gentle force 1-2 southerly breeze was settling over the reservoir. The fleet got away at the first attempt with Daniel Francis (Papercourt) calling all the right shifts to get an absolute flyer, comfortably leading at the first mark from past winner Graham Lund (Aldenham) and these two stretched away from the pack.

The second race in perhaps the best wind of the day saw the fleet starting to get slightly twitchy with a couple of individual recalls. Graham Lund took charge, first at the windward mark Graham dominated the race pulling away to count a first and second at lunch. Behind him Kevin Pearson long time Island Barn sailor but entered under Thames banner was starting to put a very consistent series together counting a fifth and third.

During lunch the experienced Race Officer warned the fleet that an I flag (or black flag) was likely if they continued to push their luck on the start. Suitably refreshed by the excellent lunch the third race started in good conditions although the ominous clouds were rolling in over Sandown Park. First at the windward mark was Kevin Pearson followed by John McKelvie (Webley) with local sailor Paul Wrigt-Anderson third.

Down the run Paul showed great speed and by end it was Paul from Kevin with Graham Lund pulling through to third. All still to play for in the last race… With the wind starting to ebb away as the misty drizzle rolled in and a tight situation at the top of the order Race four began with a general recall, but on the second attempt Kevin Pearson popped out of the leeward end with good speed to punch clear of the fleet heading left. Graham Lund started about two thirds down the line but immediately showed great speed to tack and clear the starboard fleet. By the windward mark it was the top two overall fighting it out. Kevin just ahead of Graham with these two comfortably clear of John Peck who led a close bunch fighting for third.

Downwind Graham Lund showed great boat-speed to overhaul Kevin and move into a lead he never looked like losing. By the second windward mark Kevin was in a close fight with John Peck – both making multiple tacks within a few lengths of the mark as they wrestled for tactical advantage with Kevin rounding just inches ahead of John but their antics allowed Daniel Francis to close right up. Down the run there was nothing between places 2,3,4 while Graham Lund sailed serenely on to take his second bullet and convincingly win the meeting.

As the wind petered out Daniel Francis crept home second from Kevin third. Further back down the fleet the Radials and 4.7s were having their own battles, with Michael Calvert claiming top radial, Simon Hamment top 4.7. and Peter Hamment with a full rig in 10th overall took the under 18s. Local sailor Clare James comfortably took first lady.

Overall Results:

Pos Class SailNo Club Helm R1 R2 R3 R4 Pts
1st Full Rig 197778 Aldenham SC Graham Lund 2 1 -3 1 4
2nd Full Rig 178519 Thames SC Kevin Pearson -5 3 2 3 8
3rd Full Rig 186042 Papercourt SC Daniel Francis 1 -11 6 2 9
4th Full Rig 180238 Wembley SC John McKelvie 9 2 4 -19 15
5th Full Rig 170487 IBRSC Paul Wright-Anderson 10 5 1 -11 16
6th Full Rig 186213 NHEB SC Krzysztof Bonicki 3 6 (DNF) 7 16
7th Full Rig 165372 IBRSC Simon Bean 6 -17 5 5 16
8th Full Rig 195181 Silverwing John Peck -11 7 7 4 18
9th Full Rig 178737 IBRSC Rob Sumner 7 4 8 -14 19
10th Full Rig 18-9607 Papercourt SC Peter Hamment 4 -13 10 6 20
11th Full Rig 143513 Wembley SC Joe Cic -12 8 11 9 28
12th Full Rig 155849 Silverwing Pete Roberts 8 14 -15 13 35
13th Full Rig 164925 Papercourt SC Tom Key 17 9 9 -21 35
14th Full Rig 196555 Wembley SC Steve Lindley 14 12 -18 10 36
15th Full Rig 184318 IBRSC Clare James -15 10 12 15 37
16th Full Rig 141102 IBRSC R J Stafford -27 19 17 8 44
17th Full Rig 180441 IBRSC Tony Butler -24 15 20 12 47
18th Radial 173742 Salcombe/Bewl Michael Calvert 19 16 14 -23 49
19th Full Rig 186193 IBRSC Quentin Andrews 18 -20 16 17 51
20th Full Rig 196553 Wembley SC Mark Greenstreet 13 -27 23 20 56
21st Full Rig 140044 IBRSC David Bean 20 -21 21 16 57
22nd Full Rig 196554 Wembley SC Adrian Ellwood -26 18 19 22 59
23rd Full Rig 18435 Hawley Lake David Grant 16 23 22 -27 61
24th Radial 161551 Wembley SC Daniel Greenhow -29 24 13 29 66
25th Full Rig 175728 Bewl Valley Sam Devitt 22 (DNF) 27 18 67
26th Full Rig 167925 Wembley SC Kate Pinder -32 22 24 24 70
27th Full Rig 156417 Wembley SC Yiannis Costopoulos 21 26 -29 25 72
28th Radial 184443 Spinnaker SC Phillipa Hollingshurst 23 28 28 -30 79
29th Radial 184351 Hawley Lake Jo Grant 25 29 25 -31 79
30th Full Rig 179672 Wembley SC Nick Hawkins -28 25 26 28 79
31st Full Rig 166766 Wembley SC Gareth William Wilson -30.5 30 30 26 86
32nd 4.7 189607 Papercourt SC Simon Hamment 30.5 31 31 -32 92.5
33rd 4.7 818 Weston SC Nicholas Woods -33 32 32 33 97

1st Master – Kevin Pearson
1st Radial – Michael Calvert
1st U18 – Peter Hamment
1st Lady – Clare James
1st 4.7 Simon Hamment

There ought to have been a special prize for Wembley SC - they turned up with a 10 boat entry to actually outnumber the locals...