Contenders at Bough Beech Sailing Club


On 9 March Bough Beech Sailing Club, set on a 250 acre reservoir in the heart of the beautiful Kent countryside, hosted a one day open meeting for the Contender Class.  This was a one off trial of a new open meeting format for the class.


The racing got under way after a short delay for wind but the forecast was only for 7 knots which did appear at times but often there was less.  In the first race Stuart Jones rounded the windward mark first followed by Peter Dives and Brian Whitmey and the order stayed the same until the second beat when a Bough Beech shuffle occurred allowing Jon Hill to slip through into the lead which he held until the finish followed by Whitmey, Dives and Jones


The second race saw the wily Jones back in the lead again but this time he held it until the finish to be followed over the line by  Dives, Whitmey and Jerry Hone so as the fleet went ashore for lunch Jones, Dives and Whitmey were all tied on 5 point and all to play for in the afternoon.


With  marginally more wind in the afternoon and periods of marginal trapezeing Chris Boshier found his form and led from start to finish to win race 3 followed by Jones, Hill and Dives. A win in race 4 secured the trophy for Jones.  Boshier’s second moved him into second overall ahead of Whitmey who finished third in the race and the series. Dives, who had provided entertainment and encouragement for some by dropping his mainsheet and having a little dip to windward, finished fourth and fourth overall.


Our thanks go to Bough Beech Sailing Club for hosting the event and to Guy Marks assisted by son Tom who did a brilliant job of Race Officer on a very tricky day, constantly moving the windward mark to ensure we still had a beat.  Although the wind was light the racing was close and an enjoyable. We hope to return again next year but with more wind please!



Overall results


1  Stuart Jones              4 points

2  Chris Boshier            8

3  Brian Whitney          8

4  Peter Dives                9 

5  Jon Hill                     10

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