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Guy Lonsdale wins the Solo Open

South Cerney Sailing Club Solo Open 3rd October 2015

The scene that greeted sailors at South Cerney for the final round of the National Solo Class Association Western Series on Saturday 3rd October was hardly encouraging. The odd gossamer of breeze drifted across the silky smooth surface of the lake.

Not to be daunted 11 solos took to the water for the first race as the slightest of breeze came across the water, whilst others kept the covers on their boats and watched from the shore. With the wind shifting constantly the Race Officer set a triangular course. The fleet got away first time, most went to the right whilst Ian Bartlett took a bold decision and sailed out to the left, his gamble almost paid off but his luck ran out as did the wind as he approached the windward mark. Guy Lonsdale and Andy Miles got away and opened up a big gap on the rest of the fleet which they held to the finish.

With what little breeze there was disappearing the fleet came in for an early lunch.

A light breeze reappeared for the start of the second race but with 10 seconds to go it shifted through 180 degrees and the start was abandoned. The course was reset and the fleet got away in the light breeze, a shift just at the start meant that Guy Lonsdale was buried in the pack whilst visitor Ian Cook from Frampton on Severn led at the first mark. He was reeled in by Andy Miles who then got away to lead the fleet. Guy slowly fought his way through to finish second with Mike Round in third.

It was all square between Andy and Guy going into the third race. In the best breeze of the day, although still very light, it was Guy who gained the early advantage, Andy lost out as the bunch approached the mark at the end of the run, dropping down the field. Guy held his lead to the end, with Mike Round second and Andy Miles climbing back up to third.

With what little breeze there was dying the fleet were sent home and the fourth race was abandoned.

The whole solo fleet would like to thank Gary Morris, Race Officer, and his team for setting sailable courses given the wind conditions, or lack of.  On arriving in the morning it looked like the day was going to be abandoned but Gary turned the day around with just a wisp of a breeze to help him.

The results are below.  In addition to the top 3 places Mr Phil Milanes won the trophy for the frst SCSC boat outside of the top 3.  Geoff Rickard won the historic trophy for the most dogged determination in completing all of the races in such awful conditions.

Vernon Perkins

South Cerney Sailing Club Fleet Captain


Overall Position Helm Club Sail No Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 To Count
1 Guy Lonsdale South Cerney SC 5469 1 2 1 2
2 Andy Miles South Cerney SC 5611 2 1 3 3
3 Mike Round South Cerney SC 5614 5 3 2 5
4 Phil Milanes South Cerney SC 5621 3 5 4 7
5 David Lyle Bowmore 5533 4 7 9 11
6 Ian Cook Frampton on Severn SC 5171 7 4 rtd 11
7 Ian Bartlett South Cerney SC 5538 6 6 6 12
8 Alastair Wallace South Cerney SC 5224 dnc 9 5 14
9 Vernon Perkins South Cerney SC 5282 9 8 7 15
10 Paul Whybrow Tamar Lake 4524 8 10 8 16
11 Geoff Rickard South Cerney SC 4777 10 11 10 20



Vernon Perkins

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