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David Langley Commemoration Trophy - 08/04/2012

posted 16 Apr 2012, 05:05 by Graham Morley   [ updated 16 Apr 2012, 05:05 ]
Here are the results from 08/04/2012:

 Rank
 Boat Class Sail No. Helm Crew R1 R2 R3 Total
 1 Bow BelleMerlin 685 Dennis Lockwood Erica Bishop 1.0 1.0 1.0 3.0 
 2 Minnie TooEnterprise18237 Alan Jales Heather Elwin 4.0 2.0 2.0 8.0 
 3 WarriorMerlin 1952 Paul Seaman Elieen Barry 2.0 4.0 3.0 9.0 
 4 LouisaSolo 4079 John Metzner  3.0 3.0 4.0 10.0 
 5 Great HarryEnterprise 19492 Andy Banks Andy Cuckson 5.0 5.0 6.0 16.0 
 6 TillySolo 2199 Alastair Banks  6.0 6.0 7.0 19.0 
 7 AlanhaEnterprise 21439 David Cane Valerie Cane 7.0 7.0 8.0 22.0 
 8 SolaceSolo 4683 Rob Brooks  11.0
DNC 
11.0
DNC 
5.0 27.0 
 9 OvertickSolo 3209 John Kemp  11.0
DNC 
11.0
DNC 
11.0
DNC 
33.0 
 10 Adastra 7Merlin 2529 Phil Chase Debbie Cass 11.0
DNC 
11.0
DNC 
11.0
DNC 
33.0 

Report:

A difficult westerly met those who sailed for the 2012 David Langley Commemoration Trophy. Last year’s winner Ben Marshall was absent, so it was left to other club members to compete for the trophy. Race 1 saw little wind with the course favouring the Surrey bank. A crowded first mark rounding gave way to a fleet that became more spread out through the race. The Merlins of Dennis Lockwood and Paul Seamen soon separated themselves from the rest of the fleet. John Metzner in his Solo and Alan Jales in his Enterprise followed on behind but it did not seem likely that they would catch the Merlins who had a clear advantage in the light winds with their taller masts. Dennis Lockwood took first, with Paul Seamen second and John Metzner third in his Solo.

Race 2 saw a slight increase in the wind but it remained patchy. The start saw a similar pattern to the first race with a crowded first rounding followed by the fleet spreading out. The Merlins soon established another lead over the rest of the fleet. Alan Jales in his Enterprise managed to stay within a reasonable distance of the two Merlins. John Metzner in his Solo separated himself from the rest of the fleet to remain in contention on handicap at least with the top of the fleet.

Race 3 appeared to confirm what the previous two races had shown, that the wind favoured the Merlins, with Dennis Lockwood taking first place again to secure the David Langley Commemoration Trophy. It seemed that purpose of Race 3 was to decide who would finish in 2nd and 3rd. It looked as if John Metzner in his Solo may have taken 2nd or 3rd but his 4th meant he missed out. It was left to Paul Seamen and Alan Jales to decide the remaining places. Eventually Paul had a sufficient gap over Alan to overcome the Enterprise handicap.

Dennis Lockwood took first place overall, with Alan Jales second and Paul Seamen third.

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Alastair Banks
Sailing Secretary