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By Graham Scott

The 11th of July saw 21 Contenders descend on Castle Cove SC in Weymouth for the last Travellers Trophy event before the Worlds in Medemblik. As the Open was to be part of Weymouth Regatta the course was shared out in the bay with the Ospreys and Fast Handicap with three races per day on a trapezoid course.

In breezy sunny conditions the first race got away cleanly (as did all six races which must be a record for the Contender fleet) with Stuart Jones leading form start to finish followed not that closely by Graham Scott and local boy Nick Grace.

Race two saw the wind building slightly and this time Gary Langdown got the first beat just right and led from Scott and the flying Nick Noble fresh from his supposedly secret training camp with Carl Tagoe. On the short run Scott capsized and Grace shot through to second which he held to the finish ahead of Noble.

The third race saw the closest racing yet with six boats going down the first short run bunched tightly together with Langdown emerging to lead followed by team Tagoe-Noble , Grace and Jones but not Scott who had yet again managed to chuck it in. Somehow Langdown managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory with an appalling last tack so the finishing order was Jones, Langdown and Noble, putting Jones in the overnight leaders spot.

A very sociable evening was followed by a miserable Sunday morning with rain and 20ish  knots the order of the day.

With race four away first time Scott and Tagoe sailed clear of the fleet and after an epic tussle Scott just got away on the last lap to take the win with Noble up to third (these training camps must really work!).

Race five saw Noble storm away using all his newly acquired skills to lead in the ever increasing breeze. This is when boats started breaking with Grace suffering a broken shroud while lying second and Jones found himself at the back of the fleet after his new traveller came undone. Scott took second with Langdown third.

The last race started with Jones, Langdown and Noble all in with a chance of overall victory but it was Scott who led all the way round while Noble blew his chance with a capsize on the run and then Jones blew his shroud on the next lap when lying second. Langdown took his chance to finish behind Scott with Tagoe in third.

So, overall after some intense close racing in excellent conditions, Gary Langdown won by one point from Nick Noble with Stuart Jones slipping to third.

Big thanks to Castle Cove for a great event and Nick Grace as always for his hospitality.

Pos Pts Sail No Helm R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6
1 13 2439 Gary Langdown (6) 1 2 5 3 2
2 14 2410 Nick Noble 4 3 3 3 1 (7/RET)
3 17 2465 Stuart Jones 1 4 1 4 7 (7/RET)
4 18 720 Graham Scott 2 12 (23/DNS) 1 2 1
5 18 2607 Carl Tagoe 5 (6) 4 2 4 3
6 30 2383 David Davies (8) 7 7 7 5 4
7 38 678 Tommy Hooton 7 8 9 8 6 (23/DNS)
8 40 2484 Nick Grace 3 2 6 6 (23/DNS) 23/DNS
9 40 716 Richard Franks (12) 10 8 9 8 5
10 44 2490 Rob Smith 10 5 5 13 11 (23/DNS)
11 57 2505 Peter Dives 11 11 10 11 14/RET (23/DNS)
12 60 685 Adrian Smith 13 13 11 14 9 (23/DNS)
13 62 666 Bill Hooton 15 14 13 10 10 (23/DNS)
14 64 2318 Alan Mollatt (18) 16 14 16 12 6
15 69 2477 Chris Howe 16 15 12 12 14/RET (23/DNS)
16 75 712 Rodger White 14 17 15 15 14/RET (23/DNS)
17 80 691 Peter Noble 9 9 16/RET (23/DNS) 23/DNS 23/DNS
18 83 710 Keith Le Page (23/DNS) 23/DNS 23/DNS 17/RET 13 7/RET
19 97 2447 Mike Scrivener 17 18/RET 16/RET (23/DNS) 23/DNS 23/DNS
20 100 340 Tim Eastaugh (23/DNS) 23/DNS 23/DNS 17/RET 14/RET 23/DNS
21 111 2574 Mark Jackson 19/RET 23/DNS 23/DNS 23/DNS 23/DNS (23/DNS)

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