Contenders at Stone Sailing club.  29th-30th June 2013 By Tony Brooks

With a forecast of very light winds on the Saturday and not more than 10mph on the Sunday, a small but keen fleet of 9 Contenders turned up for the Eastern Champs at Stone Sailing Club.

After a quick panic around the fleet to provide Mark Lee with the components required to keep his mast up, having left a bag of rigging at home, we set off into more wind than forecast.

Race 1 started promptly with Chris Howe making the perfect port end flyer with the majority of the fleet starting at the committee boat end.  In the marginal trapezing condition, it was Chris Howe first to the windward mark with a gap back to a bunch of boats led by Tony Brooks.  After a number of place changes down the reaches Chris Boshier had mad his way into 2nd.  After 3 rounds Chris Boshier managed to take the lead on the last leg pushing Chris Howe to second and Dan Taylor 3rd.

Race 2 started promptly in lighter non-trapezing winds that saw the fleet spread out up the first beat looking for clear winds, a number of big shifts on the second beat made for interesting racing with Alan Mollat being capsized mid tack, and Tony Cook’s boat self tacking.  At the end of the race it was Chris Boshier once again first with Tony Cook taking a good second and Dan Taylor once again third.

The wind had increased again for race 3 with the majority of the fleet looking to take advantage of the shift in wind directions all starting at the pin end and laying the mark on port in one tack, however more wind was available further down the line and Rodger White had the perfect start in clear air and made the it to the windward mark first followed by Tony Brooks who had also started in clear air further down the line.  Chris Boshier was now on a mission and worked his way to the front, with the wind dropping getting to the finish line against the tide was slow going, with Rodger White 2nd and Tony Brooks 3rd.

After a pleasant evening making the most of what was finally looking like summer, we awoke on Sunday to less wind than the day before, this however was to change with the wind increasing as we all made our way to the start line. Race 4 started in glorious sunshine and a pleasant force 3-4, this was now full on trapezing upwind and a fast second reach making for the best days sailing for a while, Chris boshier was now in charge and looking for another day of bullets, on the last beat Dan Taylor tacked away from the favoured right hand side to try to get past CB who then tacked to stay with him at the windard mark CB had held onto 1st with DT close behind. At the finish it was Chris Boshier 1st followed by Dan Taylor and Tony Brooks close behind.  Race 5 and the wind was now a good force 4, the fleet was  spread across the start line, Tony Brooks had a wet moment when dropping the mainsheet off the startline. With the whole fleet now enjoying the perfect conditions around the course, Tony Cook had one of those tacks you would prefer to keep to yourself and went for a swim.  At the end Bosh had done it again followed by Dan Taylor and a fast Alan Mollat in 3rd, Tony Brooks, distracted by a broken trapeze harness hook hanging on by a thread crossed in 4th .  Race 6, was I assume the best race of the weekend as I limped home trapezing from the handle.  Needless to say Bosh had finished the weekend off with another first, followed home by Dan Taylor and Chris Howe.

With one discard and all six races sailed, Chris Boshier was 1st, Dan Taylor 2nd, Chris Howe 3rd and Tony Brooks 4th.

A big Thank you to Stone Sailing Club and especially the Race team who provided some good racing and a fast turn around between races.  Next Stop for the Contenders is Lake Como for the World Championships, with a pre-entry of 180 boats this should be a good one.


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