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24 Contenders turned out at Oxford sailing Club for the second round of the 2006 Travellers Trophy.
Forecasts of 15 knts and mild temperatures encouraged a number of new faces to take part in the event.

24 Contenders turned out at Oxford sailing Club for the second round of the 2006 Travellers Trophy.
Forecasts of 15 knts and mild temperatures encouraged a number of new faces to take part in the event.

The early arrivals were greeted with 20knts from the west, probably the best direction for Farnmoor reservoir. Thankfully by the time of the first race the wind had decreased to its forecast, But this was only to be a lull before it came back with some gusto !

Race one
A full triangle/sausage course was laid using the whole water, giving the sailors plenty of time and opportunity for place changing, as the fleet was surprisingly compact for most of the race. Going right seemed to pay, although a few shifts allowed some to take a hitch and gain places. The shifts should have warned us what may happen in race 2 !
Graham Scott took the gun after John Browett and Tim Holden had featured at the front.

Race two
The wind had gone back to 20 knts, but it still paid to hold the right side of the beat off a port end biased line, making it a challenge to tack clear of other starters.
Paul Ross was the early leader, followed by Nick Noble. On the second beat, after the leaders had rounded and held port tack towards the right corner a ’mother of all shifts’ came in, backing 30’, allowing the mid fleet to almost make the windward mark in one tack. Some, who had hitched left  end up reaching in to the windward mark. Ben Holden held on to take the gun, from Scott and Browett chasing fast.

Race three
The wind veered back to the forecast direction, and maintained its strength. Browett went left to hold a good lead, and maintained that to the finish, being pressed by Scott towards the end. Behind these two place changes were many, with Nick Grace taking a well deserved third place.

Even though Chris Mitchell was not taking part in the event, it did not stop everyone  from camping in his lounge after the curry club meeting.

Going into Sunday Scott was leading Browett by a point so barring any disasters the winner would come from these two.

Race four

The wind was suppose to reduce, but it held up at 22 knts to make an exciting sail.
A tight race, with good competition , but Browett held on to win and set up equal points with Scott going in to the last race.

Race five

The wind held on to make some decide not to compete, and indeed that was  to be a good decision, as towards the end of the run a squall hit to send boats all over the place ! Browett tried to keep close to Scott at the start, but somehow managed to fall to mid fleet, meaning he had to put in a charge if he was to take the race, and therefore the meeting. He tried too hard, falling foul of the rules, and having to retire post race. Simon Mussell had held a good lead, with Scott chasing, and a mistake let him through for a win, and confirmation of the meeting.


Results

First  Graham Scott 6 points
Second  John Browett 7 points
Third   Ben Holden 11 points

Silver Fleet Nick Noble 21 points
Bronze Fleet David Gautier 47 points

 

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