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Carsington Open Report & Results

Results

Sun with a strong S’ly wind forecast set the fleet up for some great contender sailing.

Race 1 got underway in what would be the windiest race gusting 25Kn plus.

A ½ mile beat to the far corner and the full width of the reservoir to play with, created some great chances to gain. Neil Ferguson getting a great start picking a shift to come in on port, led the fleet around. But with the wind direction the wing mark was well down the shore creating two broad reaches. With enough pressure and the pumping flag up he managed to maintain his lead losing out downwind but gaining back up wind.

Race 2 saw Stuart Jones now picking the shifts and more importantly avoiding the holes. A late wind shift and Port bias on the line, catching Tom Hooton out not getting over the line. With the wind easing Ed Presley and Nick Noble started to come into the fight more with close tacking but Stuart held them off.

Race 3 Wind easing more saw the whole fleet closing and bunching up. Nick was now getting to grips with the shifts and getting out in front. Stuarts unexpected Teabag at the windward mark dropping him to 6th brought a smile to Neil but was short lived as Tom powered past down wind into second.

Retiring into the clubhouse for beer and curry, all included in the entry fee. Neil found himself leading the Inlands. 

The morning found the wind had eased but become steadier SW’ly forecast to build. This had made the right side narrow but with skilful tacking gains could be made. With a slightly shorter beat meant two nice tight contender reaches the full width to get the heart racing.

Race 4 Neil with the pressure on Tea bagging at the start. Stuart now showing his skill leading the pack for 5 laps, Ed, Nick and Tony Brookes all trying to reign him in with positions swapping every lap

Race 5 got underway Neil spotting a sag in the line to lead the fleet away and round the top mark. With the wind increasing now starting to foot the reaches holding Stuart off till the bottom mark to be confronted with Hoots and the N flag. Race abandoned due to the club fleet racing officer using the same top mark as a wing mark passing to starboard creating a high risk of head on collision. Race officer showing his pedigree with a fast relay of marks and quick turnaround.

Race 5 Take 2, again saw Neil tight on the line to the sound of a hoot. But looked around to see Stuart peeling off at the committee boat. He had tried for a closing gap but set off too fast and shot straight thru. A quick gybe back round its stern still saw him 3rd at the top mark. The beat was becoming a task of spotting the pressure and with the whole fleet flat wiring often that was “Garda” style tacking up the shore, next lap going left paid. The reaches were now full on and down to the leeward mark just broad enough to ride some great gusts on the waves it was creating.

Race 6 with the wind increasing again It was still open to all, Stuart needing to keep ahead. But as usual he found the path no one else saw, to take his 3rd win of the day leaving Ed, Nick and Neil trying to work out who gets the pen. With 1 point between them all on countback, Ed took second from Nick.

Huge thanks to Carsington SC for staging an excellent event. Fast turn arounds, well organised close racing and great courses left it open to all. Fantastic facilities, hospitality and food. The contender fleet headed home with smiles and aching limbs. Looking forward to Halifax the highest sailing club in the UK, in two weeks time.

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