Topper Open September 2009

 

ISLAND BARN TOPPER OPEN

SOUTH EAST TRAVELLER 13

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Light winds lead to more controversy than all other conditions.

Should we race or not? Big wind shifts. Illegal propulsion. Time limits. All elements that we would all rather avoid but which we all face from time to time. This Traveller was one of those days. A wind that alternated between flat calm and faint puffs and round the clock shifts converting well laid starting lines to dead runs in the last two minutes of a starting sequence. These were the ingredients handed out to the sailors and race officer.

Fortunately enthusiasm abounded on all sides.

The first race started in the day''s worst conditions, with a running start followed by a flat calm. A full array of illegal propulsion techniques were on display and the race officer abandoned the race - a decision that was not without controversy. The abandonment was unfortunate to newcomer-to-the fleet Harnish Streeter, from Hayling Island, who was leading at the time.

After lunch the puffs were stronger, lasted longer and were fairly constant in direction. Bliss.

3 one-lap races were completed before the reservoir returned to a mirror like state.

The result of South East Traveller Series would be decided at this meeting. Clive Jackson needed a good result to win the Series.

He started badly. Over at the pin end, he needed to round the end to honour the I flag. Felix Crowther from Queen Mary made an excellent start, read the shifts well, rounded the windward mark first and maintained his lead to the finish. James Skulczuk from Medway held off Harnish Streeter to take second.

Jackson stopped the rot in Race 2, made a perfect pin end start and led from start to finish. Oliver Machell from Papercourt was second, while Harnish Streeter scored another third.

With one race remaining any of the first five could win the event. Harnish Streeter started brilliantly at the pin end and picked up the left hand breeze, which took him to the windward mark in first place, which he held to the finish. With a discard, this gave him 4 points. Jackson was on 7 points prior to the last race, but with a 6 to discard if he finished well. Felix Crowther gave him a good tussle on the beat and continued to hustle on the run. But Jackson held on to his second to score 3 points overall and take the day.

Harnish Streeter tied for second overall with Felix Crowther, both on 4 points, but Streeter''s last-race first broke the tie.

So Jackson converted his shaky start into victory and thus took the South East Traveller Trophy. He is probably the only adult to achieve this in recent years, and what is more, he did so in an old boat.

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RANK Sail Nos Class HELM CREW CLUB Notes RACE 1 RACE 2 RACE 3 RACE 4 NET
1 17501   Clive Jackson   Papercourt SC   (6) 1 2 1 3.0
2 46702   Hamish Streeter   HISC   (3) 6 1 2 4.0
3 46223   Felix Crowther   Queen Mary   1 (8) 3 3 4.0
4 46278   Oliver Machell   Papercourt SC   4 3 (5) 4 6.0
5 28391   James Skulczuk   Medway/BVSC   2 9 (20) 5 8.0
6 46462   Rebecca Clarke   Papercourt SC   (8) 7 4 6 8.0
7 46221   Angus Couper   Queen Mary   (7) 10 6 7 13.0
8 46305   Tom Howard   Island Barn Reservoir   5 12 (DNC) 0 14.0
9 45614   Imogen Smith   Bough Beech Sailing Club   (16) 15 7 9 19.0
10 45770   William Fitz-Gibbon   Queen Mary   9 (16) 12 10 21.0
11 46257   Callum Tolley   Papercourt SC   12 14 (DNC) 11 23.0
12 41388   Daniel Archer   BVSC   (24) 11 16 12 24.0
13 34025   Michael Calvert   KSSA Salcombe YC   14 (19) 10 13 24.0
14 4889   Alex Storey   Island Barn Reservoir   13 (31) 11 14 24.0
15 12337   James Curtis   Island Barn Reservoir   18 (27) 8 15 26.0
16 20884   Will Scott   Island Barn Reservoir   (17) 20 9 16 26.0
17 ???   Nicolas Houchois   Wimbledon Park/ Island Barn   (30) 13 17 17 27.0
18 46639   Lucy Gates   Queen Mary   (20) 18 14 18 29.0
19 42086   Lucy Harris   Papercourt SC   (21) 17 15 19 29.0
20 9066   Nancy Scott   Island Barn Reservoir   11 (23) 19 20 30.0
21 16499   Alistair Smith   Island Barn Reservoir   10 (30) 21 21 31.0
22 44348   Kathryn Webb   Wimbledon Park/ Island Barn   19 21 (DNC) 22 37.0
23 36577   Alex Geal   Parkstone Yacht Club   15 32 (30) 23 44.0
24 44510   Louis Wyborn   Island Barn Reservoir   (34) 29 18 24 44.0
25 46212   Alex Marshall   Island Barn Reservoir   32 (36) 13 25 45.0
26 17724   Alice Cook   Papercourt SC   (27) 22 26 26 45.0
27 43686   Teresa Franz   Papercourt SC   (23) 26 23 27 46.0
28 45159   Rachel Harris   Papercourt SC   26 24 (32) 28 47.0
29 19176   Syd Mclean   LSC 47.0 HISC 22 28 (28) 29
30 45594   Zac Jopling   Queen Mary   (33) 25 27 30 49.0
31 43685   Anna Lucas-Clements   Papercourt SC   28 (35) 24 31 52.0
32 33515   Harry White   Island Barn Reservoir   31 (37) 22 32 53.0
33 24272   James Cole   Queen Mary   25 RDGa (31) NA 53.0
34 874   Frederik Scheske   Queen Mary   29 (34) 25 34 54.0
35 46213   Nick Marshall   Island Barn Reservoir   (35) 33 29 35 59.0
36 44318   George Woolhouse   Wimbledon Park/ Island Barn   (DNC) DNC DNC 36 74.0

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