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International Contender open at Datchet Sailing Club 12-13 Oct

Saturdays racing started in light winds. Young Thomas Hooton was the first to cross the line, and almost went on to win the second race when he parked his boat with good demeanour in a nice hole so that we could pass him. This allowed the youth of  Ian Horlock to take line honours. By now the wind was starting to gyrate but the race office made a good call and managed to fit in another. Which Ian went on to win. Now at the half way point, Ian was the leader, however, quietly Stuart Jones was plugging away at consistency with two seconds and a fourth which put him second place overall. Thomas was now in third place. Youth was threatening the established order.

Sunday racing took place in moderate winds. Less is more and Jones in the three races made fewer mistakes and more ground than the opposition, taking a second and two firsts, thus clinching the open.  Nevertheless the youth pack where not far behind but lacked his consistency. Ian Horlock took second place. Carl Tagoe and Thomas had finished on equal points for third place and on count back Thomas was awarded third place.

Our thanks to the club for putting on a good open under challenging weather conditions.

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