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Despite the forecast 29 Contenders descended on Rutland Sailing Club over the weekend 3/ 4 November for their Inland Championship, the last event of the 2012 Contender Travellers Trophy sponsored by Boat Bits. 

The first race started promptly in 10 knots with Holden the younger taking the honors dispelling the rumor that he is just a heavy weather sailor. He was followed home by the usual suspects: Nick Grace, Matt Aston and Holden the elder in that order. 

Race two was a similar affair but this time Stuart Jones showed awesome speed and sailed away from the fleet to win by a comfortable margin from Holden the elder.  Peter Dives slipped through on the last beat to take third closely followed by Chris Boshier and Dan Taylor. 

In the final race of the day Holden the elder was leading when, to his delight, the race was shortened.  The breeze was dropping and the sun setting so a wise decision on the part of the race officer.  He was followed over the line by Tom Hooton, Miles Blewett (his best ever result) and Holden the younger. 

So at the end of the first day the Holdens locked out the front row of the grid with the elder on 7, the younger on 12, “Mr. Consistency” Dan Taylor with three fifths and then Stuart Jones, Peter Dives, Nick Grace and Matt Aston all tied on 18 points.  All to play for on Sunday! 

Arriving at the Club on Sunday morning the weather was as forecast: 4 degrees, 8 knots and drizzle which later developed into steady rain.  A perfect day to finish the series! 

Again a prompt start.  The wind was forecast to go left which it did and Peter Dives lead the boats in from the left hand side of the course and held the lead to the finish followed over the line by Jerry Hone and Tony Brooks who had swapped places several times during the race.  Stuart Jones was forth followed by Jon Hill, back in Contenders again after a gap of 15 years.  The Holdens could only manage to make the teens and Dan Taylor was back in 21st setting up the points for the final race shootout. 

A bit more breeze for the last race and by now the rain was steady.  Mike Murley grabbed the lead and doggedly defended it as only Mike can. Holden the elder was second which was good enough to win the Championship.  Nick Grace finished third again to claim fifth place overall. The ever consistent Stuart Jones finished fourth to claim the runner’s up spot and to win the 2012 Travellers Trophy and Holden the younger was fifth to claim the final place on the podium.  Peter Dives, after an incident at the first mark, headed for the hot showers leaving the rest to slog it out, finishing fourth overall. 

Our thanks go to Rutland Sailing Club for hosting the event and turning the races around so promptly which was greatly appreciated on a cold November day.

 

Rank

Name

Club

Nett Points

1

Tim Holden

Halifax SC

9

2

Stuart Jones

Datchet Water SC

15

3

Ben Holden

Halifax SC

17

4

Peter Dives

Eastbourne Sovereign SC

19

5

Nick Grace

Castle Cove SC

20

6

Daniel Taylor

MRSC

23

7

Mike Murley

Weston SC

25

8

Matt Aston

Datchet Water SC

28

9

Tom Hooton

Burton SC

38

10

Ed Presley

RAFSA

38

11

Chris Boshier

Thorpe Bay YC

41

12

Tony Brooks

Oxford SC

42

13

Jerry Hone

Lancing SC

44

14

Chris Howe

Oxford SC

53

15

Neil Ferguson

Yorkshire Dales SC

55

16

Mick Pullin

Halifax SC

57

17

Jon Hill

Bough Beach SC

61

18

Malcolm Hall

Carsington SC

61

19

Martin Jones

Wilsonian SC

71

20

Colin Gates

Eastbourne Sovereign SC

71

21

Myles Blewett

King George SC

72

22

Roger White

King George SC

72

23

Geoff Norman

Notts County SC

77

24

Alan Mollatt

Downs SC

78

25

Nicholas Bell

Aldeburgh YC

81

26

Michael Gower

Southwold SC

99

27

Martin Metcalfe

Killington SA

102

28

Paul Green

Port Dinorwic SC

102

29

Tony Cook

Downs SC

107

 

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