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Solo & Enterprise Open - 26th July 2009

posted 8 Jan 2010, 23:28 by Domain Admin   [ updated 11 Feb 2010, 09:25 by Graham Morley ]
Saturday’s gusty winds proved testing for competitors in the Enterprise and Solo Opens held jointly by Twickenham & Minima yacht clubs on the river Thames at Kingston. Twelve clubs were represented with competitors from Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Essex and Surrey as well as the London area. The main reason being that the Solo event was one of the deciding events in the Thames Valley championships which in turn meant a good turnout of 14 Solos on the water for the first start.

The first race saw a few capsizes in the Solo fleet along with some good competitive racing. Racing in somewhat heavy winds was hard work so that the turnout for the third race was reduced to seven competitors. With a S. S. W. Wind, typical of Minima conditions, our visitors soon learnt to take the long tack to the Surrey shore followed by a short tack avoiding the comparative doldrums on the Middlesex side.  Of our visitors Joe McLaughlin, Tamesis in Solo 4850, Bada Bing,  who won the first two races, took a well earned rest for the third race. Daniel Goodman in Solo 4736 Hiwa Hua Maka came second and Simon Corper in Solo 5024 Fade to Grey came third overall. Minima’s Alex Cane sailed to a respectable position in all three races in Minima’s Club Solo with a hull over thirty years old and a four year old sail which proves that old Solos can still be competitive. Minima Club members were very pleased with the high turnout of Solos in this the first time they had hosted a Thames Valley Series event. 

In the Ents Old Grey Fox (Steve & Kathy Collins, Minima YC) was first boat home with Phil Chambers’ Clea (Hampton SC) second & another Minima boat Spirit of Artemis 3 rd setting the pattern for the next race. Frolic (Les Rowlinson & Mike King, Minima YC) whose crew have a combined age which must make them one of Britain’s oldest racing dinghy crews decided the weather was too much and retired gracefully. With two races to count OGF decided not to take part in the final race of the day. It was down to the crew of Eccles (Minima YC) who had 4 points and a DNF to decide whether they would race – if they started then Artemis and Clea would have to go too to defend their 2 nd & 3 rd places overall. The wind picked up a little and was more constant so Clea won with Artemis in second and Eccles in third and final place meaning that the overall winner of the Enterprise Open was OGF. Everyone agreed it was the best sailing of the day.

Her are the results:

Solo Open
  1. S4850 - "Bada Bing" - Joe McLaughlin, Tamesis
  2. S4736 -  "Hiwa Hau Maka" - Daniel Goodman, Kingsmead SC
  3. S5024 - "Fade to Grey" - Simon Corper, Reading SC
Enterprise Open
  1. E22628 - "Old Grey Fox" -  Steve & Kathy Collins, Minima YC
  2. E23218 - "Clea" -  Phil Chambers & Andrew Bedford, Hampton SC
  3. E22813 - "Spirit of Artemis" - Kevin & Susie Harris, Minima YC
(written by the Sailing Secretary)