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20 Oct 2012

Comet Open 2012

Comet Open

A very good turn out of twenty seven Comets met for the final open of 2012 at Staunton Harold SC on Sat 20/10/12.

There had been no wind the previous day but on this day we were blessed with F2-3 SW dropping to F1-2 later but sun all day.
The event was jointly held with the Solos who went off first.
In race one Alan Bennett of the home club built up a substantial lead from the chasing fleet. On lap three the wind reduced and is allowed Brian Welham and Eddie Pope to close in on him so the last reach was a slow drag race to the finish.
Alan managed to hold them off with Brian just 2 second behind and Eddie 4 seconds after in third. There were close battles throughout the fleet notably Michael Ettershank and Henry Jaggers coming in 4th and 5th.
With lunch taken the fleet set out for race 2. Tom Bull had got a 6th in race 1 but this time he had a very good first beat and moved ahead of the fleet to win by a considerable margin. Brian, Eddie, Henry, Michael and Alan had close racing finishing in that order. Rhiain Bevan had her best race of the day finishing in 6th.
The overall winner of the event would now come from whoever won the last race, as if Alan won he would have 2 points. If Eddie won he would have 4 points and if Tom won he would have 2 points as well.
Alan had a very poor start with another (red) boat failing to keep clear above him. He was in the teens at the first mark.The likely suspects were fighting each other at the front and it looked like they were going to get away. May be it was local knowledge and a large amount of risk taking but Alan managed to pull up to 4th by the final lap. By the last mark but one before the run down to the reaching finish it was Eddie, then Alan, then Tom. Eddie gybed off but lost most of his wind. Alan and Tom got past him and held this position to the finish. A very close finish with the three possible winner contestants together. Rick Whitehouse had his best result of the day in 5th.
Alan had won on 2 points, Tom was second on 3 points, Brian third on 4 points and Eddie fourth on 6 points.
There followed the prize giving of the event and the Comet Area and National travellers series.