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23 Apr 2013

Solo Spring Championships

Solos

On possibly the first spring day of the year, Oxford held the Solo Spring championships with an entry of 67 boats on the 6th April.

Staunton Harold was represented by the two entries of Richard Pepperdine and John Blundell who experienced contrasting fortunes in the tricky conditions. The forecast was to prove right with the wind fluctuating in both strength and direction for all races, and tending to ease as the day went on. It was a day where getting on the wrong side of a shift could see you lose a third of the fleet, and getting it right could result in great gains. One minute you would be drifting, and the next you could be planing away from your fellow competitors.

Race 1 had a couple of false starts and Richard fell foul of the black flag and had to retire. John gained a reasonable start in the middle of the line and was lying in 10th position for most the race; however on the last third of the last beat he went hard right and was able to sneak through up to 5th for the finish.

After a long lunch the boats were sent out for back-to-back races. The second start proved better for Richard who was climbing through the fleet until he was yo-yoing in and out of the top ten during the race to finish up in 12th position. After a poor start John took a flyer on the penultimate run to pull him up to 15th.

The start of the final race paid those going hard left or hitting the right hand corner. John went left and was able to round in the leading bunch with Richard going up the middle and rounding in mid pack. Again Richard climbed through the fleet to finish 25th and 22nd overall. John was able to pull away from the main group getting a 3rdto put him 4th overall. The 4th in the Spring Championships is on top of the 3rd he achieved at the Solo Winter Championships held in February. (Side note...Ian Pinell was 12th!)
 
This really was a significant result from John and Rich, and gives a good indication of the high quality of our fledgling Solo fleet. Big congratulations to them both.

Results: www.solosailing.org.uk/events/event_display.asp?event=1482