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20 Contenders met at Highcliffe for the annual open meeting which has now turned out to be a dress rehearsal for the National Championship which will be held from 30th August to 2nd September.

Gales on Saturday meant there was no sailing and it was all to sail for on the Sunday. The day started with a light Southerly. Graham Scott, Stu Jones and Mike Murley headed off right and rounded in that order, which remained until the final run when Gary Langdown sneaked into 3rd. Murley lead from start to finish in the next race with a tight group just behind, with Pete Dives and Ed Presley taking 2nd and 3rd.

At the start of race 3 the wind backed to the east and was spotted by Martin Jones who showed how to deliver a port tack flyer at the line. Meanwhile Murley demonstrated how not to round the windward mark by hitting it twice and going from 3rd to 3rd from last. But the star for this race was Roger White who had been hiding mid-fleet up until now. Roger worked his way to the front in the dying breeze to take first place from Dives and Dan Taylor.

By the start of race 4 no-one had a clue who was leading overall with so many inconsistent results.  Even now I can't work it out. In the end it didn't matter because Roger did it again, leading throughout to take a deserved win and overall first place. Second overall, yes that's second overall, was Stu Jones, followed by Scott and Murley in 4th. All prizes were generously provided by the BCA sponsor Craftinsure.

Race Office, Paul Walker, and his team did a fine job getting in 4 races in tricky conditions. Roll on August and the Nationals.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4Pts
1st 712 Rodger White King George SC ‑16 6 1 1 8
2nd 2465 Stuart Jones Datchet Water SC 2 ‑7 5 2 9
3rd 720 Graham Scott RYA 1 8 ‑12 3 12
4th 2373 Mike Murley Weston SC 4 1 ‑13 9 14
5th 2505 Peter Dives Eastbourne Sovereign SC ‑11 2 2 10 14
6th 2512 Daniel Taylor MRSC 7 ‑15 3 4 14
7th 2484 Gary Langdown Highcliffe SC 3 5 ‑16 6 14
8th 2420 Simon Mussell Highcliffe SC 6 ‑17 4 5 15
9th 713 Ed Presley RAFSA ‑9 3 6 7 16
10th 678 Thomas Hooker Burton 8 4 ‑11 8 20
11th 657 Rob Smith Castle Cove SC 5 ‑11 10 11 26
12th 713 David Evans RNSA Poole YC 10 9 7 ‑14 26
13th 2522 Chris Bashier Thorpe Bay Yacht Club ‑17 12 9 12 33
14th 2496 Tony Brooks Oxford 12 10 ‑14 13 35
15th 2347 Martin Jones Wilsonian ‑15 13 8 15 36
16th 2383 David Daunes RYA 14 16 15 ‑18 45
17th 629 Mark Lee BSC ‑19 14 17 16 47
18th 469 C Tagoe RYA 13 18 (DNC) DNC 52
19th 628 Chris Walker Staunton Harbour SC ‑20 19 18 17 54
20th 675 David Gautier Lymington Town 18 20 (DNC) DNC 59

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