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19 Jun 2015

Staunton Harold's June Oppie Open

Oppie open

With the forecast constantly changing from no wind to reasonable conditions and back again, we woke up on Saturday to look at the now-cast. It was very tempting to go back to bed, but things can be very different at Staunton than at home. Driving over to the club we were talking through the various options. Chances were, the best laid plans were going out of the window!

When we arrived we were pleasantly surprised to see some ripples on the water, even if they were only small and the ducks were out swimming. The original plan had been to have two back to back races in the morning, but the sailors were told to rig and prepare for three races back to back, possibly four. This wasn't a problem for the experienced sailors, but was a little daunting for some of the regatta fleet sailors.

Prompt and efficient were the words of the day - so much so that everyone was ready to start well before the SIs allowed! Twenty-one optimist sailors from across the Midlands and North West took to the water. Race one started on time, with race two following directly on from it. Staunton's Chloe Felton took the lead in the first race, with the surprise of the day being regatta fleet sailor Hazel McDonnell from Hollowell completing the first lap in third place.

Two more races followed in quick succession, then, with a dying forecast ensuring an end to sailing if the sailors went ashore, the decision was taken to go straight into the final race. Sailors were given the option of staying out, or going ashore. The majority of main fleet sailors stayed out to race, along with the two leading regatta fleet sailors. The wind just held out for them to finish all four races, and they came ashore at about 2pm.

The conditions were not nice (wet and not windy!) and the day was eventful with a couple of mainsheet incidents. In spite of the lack of wind some good boat handling skills and great tactical awareness were noted by the race team.

Well done to Banbury's George Eames Matthews who took first place. Home sailor Chloe Felton finished second whilst, Leigh & Lowton's, Harvey Leigh finished third.

In regatta fleet, Draycote Water's Derin Can Soyer came first, Hollowell's Hazel McDonnell took second place and Banbury's Kieran Bray finished with an overall third.

Congratulations to everyone who took part, especially those for whom this was their first Open event, we hope that everyone enjoyed their rather wet day at Staunton Harold Sailing Club. Also a big thank you to all of our volunteers, both on and off the water, who ensured that the day was a great success.