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9 Oct 2011

Laser Open 2011

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Lasers at Staunton Harold SC Sunday October 9 2011

The final round of the UK Laser Grand Prix Midland Travellers series was forecast to have strong winds of 17 mph gusting to 35 mph with mild weather.
The high winds had not appeared for race one which started cleanly with 16 full rigs, 11 Radials and two 4.7s.
Grahame Newton of SHSC built up an unassailable lead to finish two minutes ahead of Craig Williamson SHSC, Peter Newbury Trimpley, and Chris Walker SHSC. There were several capsizes due to big wind shifts and gusts on the runs, and some gear failure..
In race two the wind picked up and at the start Richard Barnett SHSC was over but thought that retire shouts were encouragement!
Jonathan Swain Carsington SC now got into the groove in the now gusty conditions having been fifth in race one. However Craig caught and pushed Jonathan into second by just a half boat length at the finish. Grahame could not do a repeat of race one and was third ahead of Joe Smith SHSC in his Radial. 
It was all to play for in the final race and with stronger conditions many decided to call it a day with seven of the seventeen boats starting being Radials.
Jonathan led for the first three laps but with a fortunate gust on a reach Grahame caught him. Craig capsized twice in the same gust, but all three then had a Titanic battle for the rest of the race. Jonathan came out on top with Grahame in second.
These three had each won and had seconds so it was all down to their positions in the final race for the overall result.

1st  Jonathan Swain L166427 Carsington SC
2nd Grahame Newton L143933 SHSC 1st Master
3rd Craig Williamson L200906 SHSC
1st Radial 4th o/a Joe Smith L136617 SHSC
1st Lady Hannah Lennox Barnt Green SC
There followed a presentation of the prizes for the Midlands Grand Prix which was won by Richard Bennett South Staffs SC and organised by Paul Williamson of SHSC.
Alan Bennett
Laser Fleet Captain SHSC 2011