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13 Oct 2015

Staunton Harold hosts Comet Open - 10th October 2015

SHSC 2015 Comet Open

Twenty competitors, which included five home boats, made up the fleet at the SHSC 2015 Comet Open meeting. The mist which had been shrouding the lake since the early hours finally cleared by the allotted start time, but, as the wind had yet to fill, the Race Officer, Simon Kelsall, wisely postponed the start.

The first race, which was held in 8-10 knots of breeze, saw several sailors leading at different times with Jonathan Latham (349) first to the windward mark, Brian Welham (801) taking over the lead on the first run and Mark Coppenhall (427) pulling through into the lead on lap two with a more favourable choice of upwind course. Lap two also saw Eddie Pope (804) take over second place. This order was maintained at the finish with Mark Coppenhall winning, Eddie Pope second and Brian Welham third. Youth sailor Chris Hatton (48) who had been challenging for third place during the race finally finished fourth.

Mark Coppenhall got his start times wrong on race two and was a minute late in starting, leaving Chris Robinson (867) the opportunity to get to the mark first with Paul Hinde (844) and Eddie Pope close behind. The three exchanged position throughout the race but with two legs of the final lap to go Eddie Pope edged into first position and held it until the finish with Paul Hinde a comfortable second ahead of Chris Robinson. Steve Bellamy (311) moved up to finish fourth and Youth sailor Izac Dodds (701) came up on the last lap to finish fifth.

Race three was all about second place as Mark Coppenhall led from start to finish. Battling it out for second were Eddie Pope, Bob Dodds (869), Izac Dodds and Chris Robinson with Bob Dodds coming out on top to take second spot beating Eddie Pope by one boat length. Brian Welham came in fourth and Chris Robinson fifth.

Final results of the day were Mark Coppenhall from Severn Sailing Club winning first place with his two wins, Eddie Pope from Ogston in second place and Brian Welham from Hunts in third place. Rhiain Bevan (724) from Cransley was the first lady helm and further prizes went to Chris Hatton from Severn, Chris Robinson from Burghfield, John Coppenhall (532) from Hunts and Nigel Pepperdine (who borrowed Comet 688) from SHSC.

At the prize presentation, thanks were given to the Race Officer and his assistants, the safety boat teams and the galley crew who provided a hot lunch and refreshments during the day.

Overall results:

Rank

Sail No

Helm Name

Club

R1

R2

R3

Nett

1st

427

Mark Coppenhall

Severn Sailing Club

1

(6)

1

2

2nd

804

Eddie Pope

Ogston

2

1

(3)

3

3rd

801

Brian Welham

Hunts

3

(13)

4

7

4th

867

Chris Robinson

Burghfield

(12)

3

5

8

5th

869

Bob Dodds

CMYC

7

(9)

2

9

6th

311

Steve Bellamy

Winsford Flash

(9)

4

7

11

7th

48

Chris Hatton

Severn Sailing Club

4

7

(9)

11

8th

701

Izac Dodds

CMYC

(8)

5

6

11

9th

844

Paul Hinde

Severn

(10)

2

10

12

10th

349

Jonathan Latham

Winsford Flash

5

(11)

8

13

11th

532

John Coppenhall

Hunts

6

(12)

11

17

12th

724

Rhiain Bevan

Cransley

(16)

8

15

23

13th

688

Nigel Pepperdine

SHSC

13

10

DNC

23

14th

559

John Twiggs

Ulley

11

15

(16)

26

15th

845

Nigel Fern

SHSC

(15)

14

12

26

16th

556

Andrew Beaumont

Attenborough

14

(16)

13

27

17th

740

Steve Bond

SHSC

(18)

18

14

32

18th

527

David Waymont

SHSC

17

(19)

17

34

19th

754

Mary Starkey

Upton Warren

(19)

17

18

35

20th

761

Peter Newton

SHSC

20

20

DNC

40