Contender Open - Burton SC 6/7th Sept

17 Contender sailors arrived at Burton S.C on the 6th and 7th of September to a sunny day not!! It seemed that once the sailors started un-packing the boats a tap was turned on and the heavens opened,
The first race saw Duncan Ellis lead at the windward mark followed by Ben Holden and a chasing pack, after the first lap Holden had overtaken Ellis who was now hot on his heels, leaving the rest of the fleet behind to enjoy a real tussle. Holden took the gun with Ellis second and Martin Frary third.
Race two was much closer with much place changing in the shifty conditions. Frary came out in front with Ellis second followed by Sandy Clapham
Saturdays last race was a very short affair and saw Ellis and Frary again dominate the fleet with Stuart Backhouse fend off Holden for a lap.  Ellis took the gun followed by Frary and Backhouse
The evening started with a fine curry at the club with ample supply of beer and ended up with group discussion on Martin Frarys’ favourite TV programme and the use of the internet!!
Awaking on Sunday morning was a bit of a shock as it was sunny
Race four saw Frary and Ellis fight it out for top spot with Holden and the on form Bob Segrave fight for 3 rd and 4th, Frary continued his winning form in a slightly lighter Northwesterly breeze with Ellis in second and Seagrave third.
Race five saw Ellis and Frary again sail the shifts well to take a commanding lead from Bill Hooton and Bob Seagrave. Frary won from Ellis with Seagrave third.
So going into the last race it looked like Frary consistency would pay off but only if Ellis didn't produce another win. Frary produced another win in great style with Clapham second and Backhouse third.
So overall Frary took first place from Ellis with local boy Backhouse in third and Holden needing to buy a pencil for the report

Overall Results.
1. Martin Frary 6pts
2. Duncan Ellis    9pts
3. Stuart Backhouse 20pts
4. Ben Holden 21pts
5. Sandy Clapham 22pts
Thanks to Bill Hooton and Burton SC for some great racing

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