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Oxford S.C. was the venue for the second travellers trophy event of 2007 and a 25 strong fleet arrived eagerly anticipating the summer-like temperatures and 15 mph breeze forecast by the met office. However, by the time they had been waiting by the start area for 30 minutes in a freezing north-easterly gusting to 20+ knots while the committee boat dragged its anchor, most wished they had gone with the dry-suit option.

Race 1 eventually got going with John Browett and Simon Mussell vying for the lead followed by Ben Holden and Richard Gimmler. Despite capsizing at the start Stuart Jones pulled up to the leaders on the second beat by going hard left . Holden swam on the run and Jones managed to get past Browett to win with Gimmler taking third.

The start of Race 2 saw the introduction of the new sport of mast jousting. The clash between the top masts of Graham Scott's Wavelength and Gary Langdown's Avantgarde seemed to be an even match at first but the Italian made spar collapsed soon after the first lap leaving Browett to win from Jones with Tim Holden dropping to third after a capsize.

With the wind increasing and becoming even gustier Race 3 was abandoned at the start.

Sunday dawned with similar conditions and the cold wind was enough incentive for most people with injuries or gear failures from the first day to pack their boats up.

Race 4 started promptly as the Race officer had been given a bigger anchor and Tim Holden and Browett lead the fleet at mark 1.  Inspired by the possibilities of the previous days mast - based sport, Ben Holden decided to take it one step further and try and remove the wing bar of a capsized RS600 with his new Avantgarde. Unfortunately the flimsy wing tube won. Meanwhile Scott took the lead when Tim Holden tipped in at the gybe and held it to the finish.

Races 5 and 6 saw Jones stamp his authority on the fleet with two emphatic wins from Tim Holden with Stacey Bray making an appearance at the front of the fleet in his new Chris Somner boat. Elsewhere in the fleet the whole mast abuse thing had got completely out of hand, with people just sailing into Wavelength masts to see if they really were indestructible. Tony White now has a three-piece version- very handy for taking on the plane I suppose....

Results.

Series Place

Sail No

Helm

Club

Series Points

Race 1

Race 2

Race 4

Race 5

Race 6

1

701

Stuart Jones

Datchet

5

1

2

3

1

1

2

2318

Tim Holden

Halifax

9

8

3

2

2

2

3

713

John Browett

Datchet

10

2

1

4

4

3

4

691

Graham Scott

RYA

14

4

RAF26

1

3

6

5

694

Staley Bray

Porthpean

22

9

4

5

DNF26

4

6

2373

Gary Langdown

Highcliffe

26

5

DNF26

10

6

5

7

2376

Nick Noble

Portishead

27

7

9

6

5

9

8

697

Chris Howe

Oxford

29

15

6

8

7

8

9

592

Simon Ramm

Oxford

33

10

8

7

8

DNF26

10

710

Chris Kirk

Queen Mary

44

12

12

11

11

10

11

682

Ginge Linclon

RNSA

48

14

13

13

10

12

12

636

Nick Eggett

Porthpean

49

16

11

15

12

11

13

686

Tony Brooks

Oxford

54

DNF26

DNF26

12

9

7

14

696

Tony White

Lancing

58

13

10

9

DNF26

DNF26

15

674

Richard Gimmler

Whitefriars

60

3

5

DNF26

DNF26

DNF26

16

2347

Martin Jones

Wilsonian

70

11

7

DNF26

DNF26

DNF26

17

675

David Gautier

Datchet

79

DNF26

DNF26

14

13

DNF26

18

2315

Ben Holden

Halifax

84

6

DNF26

DNF26

DNF26

DNF26

19

670

J Wise

Weston

94

DNC26

DNC26

16

DNF26

DNF26

20

528

Gerald Fitzgerald

Oxford

104

DNF26

DNF26

DNF26

DNF26

DNF26

20

684

Sandy Clapham

Yorks Dales

104

DNF26

DNF26

DNF26

DNF26

DNF26

20

702

Matt Aston

Datchet

104

DNF26

DNF26

DNF26

DNF26

DNF26

20

707

Peter Dives

Eastbourne

104

DNF26

DNF26

DNF26

DNF26

DNF26

20

2361

Alan Orton

Porthpean

104

DNF26

DNF26

DNF26

DNF26

DNF26

20

2372

Simon Mussell

Highcliffe

104

DNF26

DNF26

DNF26

DNF26

DNF26

  

Silver fleet            C. Howe   697

Bronze fleet          C. Kirk      710

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