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25 Oct 2014

Coment Open 2014

Comet Open 2014

The forecast strong wind at Force 4 – 5 for the Comet Open held on the 18th October did not disappoint, and held a steady SSW direction throughout the day with an occasional stronger gust spicing up the event.  The direction of the wind allowed the race officer Simon Kelsall to set a first beat down the length of the reservoir.  The downwind legs produced some spectacular planes, but most competitors also experienced multiple capsizes which kept the rescue boats busy throughout the day and added to the spectacle enjoyed by those on the shore.  The fleet consisted of 11 visitors and 5 sailors from Staunton Harold – as well as Dave Waymont, Alan Bennett and Peter Mountford, Luke Hamer borrowed Nigel Fern’s boat, and Richard Barnett borrowed Steve Boud’s boat.  Despite the demanding conditions in which all three races were sailed, the competition was close, and the overall winner was not decided until the last lap of the final race.  The prizewinners were:-

1st Michael Ettershank (Up River YC)

2nd Chris Robinson (Burghfield SC)

3rd Nigel Austin (Cransley SC)

Rhiain Bevan (Cransley SC) won the Ladies’ Prize, Eddie Pope (Ogston SC) was the first Ancient Mariner, Bob Dodds (Crawley Mariners YC) was the first Veteran, and Peter Mountford (Staunton Harold SC) finished 5th overall to take the prize for the first local helm.

Many thanks to Simon and Tom Burrows for organising the races, to Aileen Barnett for sorting out the results, to Phil Hardcastle and the Galley team for providing food and refreshments throughout the day, and to Dave Waymont for organising the event.

A more detailed report of the racing should be available on the Yachts & Yachting website, and in the Comet Class Association website and magazine.

A full set of results is at:-  /results/2014/comet.htm