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SOLO Open Meeting
At Leigh on Sea SC - Sunday 15th July 2018
Following on from the Vintage Solo Championships on Saturday 14th July, twelve Leigh boats were joined by eight visitors for another day of perfect sailing on the Thames Estuary. As usual boats were rigged while waiting for the tide to cover the mudflats, the sunshine was warming up the land and as the tide came in the sea breeze followed to give a very steady 12 to 14 knots easterly. After a breakfast of bacon rolls washed down with tea and coffees, boats were launched to join the race committee who were setting the course. To control the over keen Soloists the RO used the ‘I’ flag to persuade them to stay behind the line before the start gun to avoid the rash of OCS boats experienced during the Vintage Championships.
A clean start top race 1 saw the fleet split roughly evenly left and right, on the left trying to avoid the tide and, on the right, looking for clear air. Jarvis Simpson made the best of the first beat and lead the fleet round for the rest of the race, behind him Steve Ede trailed Rob Laurie around the first round but manged to pass him on the second round to take second place. Jonny Wells having swapped his ‘vintage’ championship winning boat for a newer model finished in fourth place. Alan Roberts was the first of the vintage boats (vintage being 20 years old or older with a sail number below 4186) in seventh. The Tothill brothers Rob and Matt battled with each other with each other with Rob taking the honours in eighth.
Another clean start for race 2, followed by a similar split in the fleet but this time first up the beat was Jonny Wells, followed by Steve Ede. Jonny Held the lead for the three rounds of the race but behind him there was a lot of place changing and some new names moved up the fleet. Vince Horey finished second, Steve Ede dropped to third. Rodger Smith sailed the first vintage boat into seventh place. The battle of the Tothill brothers saw Rob take yet another family victory.
To finish the day, we had yet another clean start for race 3 and another leader first around the windward mark, Vince Horey lead the pack around and like the other first mark leaders held on to his lead to win the race. Jonny Wells was second followed by Steve Ede in third. Alan Roberts returned to seventh place as the leading vintage boat, while in this race Matt Tothill won the family feud in eighth place while Rob manged tenth. For persistence and determination Jonathan Moore sailing in his first Solo Open meeting managed to complete all races although he finished last in every race.
After the calculation of the results, each race had a different winner, the overall winner was Vince Horey, with Jonny Wells second and Jarvis Simpson third. Several spot prizes were awarded, and day was rounded off with a great spread of cakes and sandwiches.
Steve Corbet - Sailing Sec and event RO
Photographs are by Steve Corbet
This Saturday sees the inaugural Vintage Championship for Solos, hosted by Leigh on Sea Sailing Club. There is an exceptionally strong fleet of older Solos at Leigh, some while ago a number of members decided there was a lot of fun and value to be had from adopting a policy of pre-4000 Solo sail numbers and the fleet has blossomed to well over 25. For this event the club have adopted the NSCA rolling twenty year system meaning any Solo up to sail number 4168 is eligible......Click here for the full article....
This coming weekend, 14 / 15th July, LSC are hosting Solo Class championships and are expected to host many visitors. The success of the event will heavily depend upon being able to accommodate cars and trailers to as many guests as possible.
We therefore respectfully request that the Prom is left free for guests only. Regretfully this request also goes out to the volunteers who are kindly giving up their time to help out with the event.
Many thanks for the co-operation.
We are respectfully asking all club members NOT to park any vehicles on the prom over the weekend 13th / 14th / 15th July. This is when we will be host the Vintage Solo Championship and the Solo Open meeting, and we would like to allocate all our parking area to the many visitors that we are expecting for this event.
You help support and understanding, as always, is greatly appreciated by your committee members.
Seems like the RYA SafeTrx app is replacing the Coastguard CG66 registration scheme. I have entered my boat details, seemed a bit buggy so save often if you are going to use this app! John Charles
Saturday 30th June – “Club Tropicana” Summer Party!!!!! Start time 6 p.m. FREE to attend, just turn up and join in the party! Children, family and friends are all welcome!
Dress 80's style or put on your best Hawaiian shirt and shorts. The evening will feature:
“SuperTed’s Cocktail Bar”– The cocktail bar will be open from 6 p.m. till 7:30 p.m. Pimms, Pina Colada, LSC Special @ £2.50 each & St. Clements (non-alcoholic) @ £1. There will also be some “happy minutes” with drinks at reduced prices! All served by our elegantly dressed cocktail master.
“Mcenroe’s BBQ”– The barbeque will be open from 6:15 p.m. till 7:15 p.m. Mom’s homemade pulled pork (gluten free), 100% beefburgers (gluten free), jumbo hotdogs and vegetarian options. Food will be sold at £2.50 per bbq item, and includes Jimmy Connor’s Corn-on-the-cob, Bjorn Borg Coleslaw and a Navratilova Salad.
Quizzy McGee’s Classic 80’s Disco and a FREE late night buffet!
Children, family and friends are all welcome.
Please note, all food items and cocktails will be limited in quantity, so make sure you arrive early, cos’ when it’s gone, it’s gone!
Paul Knight (your entertaining Entertainment Officer)
The competitors were welcomed to Leigh Sailing Club in the morning with a good force 4 South-westerly, but not much water for the time being. Fortunately this allowed for a bacon sandwich, a hot drink and a briefing from our LSC Sailing Secretary, during which time the water arrived and so did a significant increase in the wind.
The afternoon began with seven Leigh boats and two visitors heading out onto the water for the competition, in the now strong force 5 winds. Unfortunately, before the racing had begun one Enterprise lost its mast, and another capsized only to discover a crack in the bulkhead which was now full of water. As a consequence the racing fleet was now reduced to 7 boats.
The first race saw a good start by most of competitors, with a difficult beat to the first mark in very strong, shifting winds. The visitors from Burghfield SC, helmed by Ann Jackson and crewed by Alan Skeens, made the most of the conditions and led all the way. A great first outing for Matt & Annie Tothill’s Enterprise saw them finish 2nd, with James Hudson and Harrison Floyd putting in a good performance for 3rd place. Bringing up the rear was Paul Knight and Shaun Orton, who managed to hold on for dear life, before capsizing at the end of the race and claiming 6th place.
More Enterprises were lost during race 2 for various reasons, including a broken kicker, a collision and a seasick crew! Race 2 was won again by the visitors from Burghfield, with Alan Roberts (who is new to Enterprise sailing) and crew Richard Beechy finishing 2nd. Unfortunately, Alan’s rudder stock decided it had had enough, and forced another retirement.
Only three boats left for the third race, and this required strong nerves, strong boats and a good deal of skill as the wind increased again. Another outstanding performance from Ann Jackson and Alan Skeens of Burghfield saw them finish in first place once more and deservedly take the Eastern Area Championship title. A brilliant effort from by the LSC Club boat, helmed by Phil Dowsett (also inexperienced in an Enterprise) and crewed by Harry Wright, saw them finish the race second and also take second overall, whilst our great friends Ian & Sue Simpson from Alexandra YC also enjoyed three very good races, but were just beaten into third by the scoring system. There were several inexperienced crews and a few helms new to Enterprise sailing, but most seemed to thoroughly enjoy the “demolition derby”. The strong winds were major a test for all the people and boats involved, but everyone agreed that it was definitely a lot of fun!
After the racing, everyone enjoyed a selection of fruit, cakes and a barbeque, whilst swapping their tales of sailing woes or delight over a cup of tea, or something a bit stronger! A fantastic day, perhaps not for some of the boats, but a huge thanks to all our visitors, competitors and helpers for making it such a great event. Look forward to seeing you next year.
Report by Paul Knight
Photographs by Liz Noblet
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