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South Cerney SC Solo Open 2017

South Cerney Sailing Club’s Solo open a great success, and this year we had plenty of wind. 

On 7th October South Cerney SC held its annual National Solo Open part of the western series for the National Solo Class association.  After the compulsory bacon butties the 14 boats launched for the first 2 for the 4 race event with winds at 14kt gusting 17kt and dry.  Perfect conditions for some tight racing around the first course set by RO Dave Whittle. 

John Steels from Starcross SC took an early lead in the first race but it was tight between the first 7 boats.  He was passed by Ian Maclean in the later part of the race and eventually overhauled by Guy Lonsdale and Mike Round on the finish line.  In the second race with a slightly modified course Jason Taylor from Tata Steel SC led from the start pursued by Ian Maclean who by now was on a mission with the two followed by Guy Lonsdale who was already aching having just returned from some shoulder surgery.  Behind them there were plenty of capsizes in the gusty conditions and bodies were already getting bruised.  This depleted the field a little for the 3rd and 4th races after lunch although the wind had dropped a little to 11kt gusting 15kt. So 10 boats took to the water and from the offset Ian Maclean showed his intention with 2 dominant first places.  Guy Lonsdale and John Steels followed him home in the 3rd race and Jason Taylor and Guy Lonsdale in the 4th

So back to the clubhouse for some well-earned coffee and cake and a little matter of the presentations.  The event was won by Ian Maclean with 3 bullets.  In second Jason Taylor who also secured his 2nd place in the western series with this result.  And Third Guy Lonsdale who has decided to give his shoulder some more time to get better, so not as dominant as usual. Highest South Cerney SC member outside the top 3 was Mike Round.  Of note were the other traveller who made their way to South Cerney for the event, Charles Stimpson of Spinnaker SC and John Jordan of Frampton on Severn SC who finished 9th and 11th respectively and of course Andy Hyland from Spinnaker who arrived but had to leave straight away due to a work emergency, it happens.  Our thanks to Dave Whittle the RO for this event who set some great courses and his team on officers and safety boats.

Full results:

1st

Ian Maclean

5291

South Cerney SC

2nd

Jason Taylor

5497

Tata Steel SC

3rd

Guy Lonsdale

5469

South Cerney SC

4th

John Steels

5494

Starcross SC

5th

Mike Round

5739

South Cerney SC

6th

Matt Sim

5148

South Cerney SC

7th

Vernon Perkins

5282

South Cerney SC

8th

Nigel Dib

5653

South Cerney SC

9th

Charles Stimpson

5560

Spinnaker SC

10th

Blair Jamieson

5611

South Cerney SC

11th

John Jordan

4168

Frampton On Severn SC

12th

Dave Pocock

5235

South Cerney SC

13th

Clive Whitehouse

4331

South Cerney SC

14th

Kit Beazley

5112

South Cerney SC

Picture courtesy of Mr Dave Whittle. From left to right, Mike, Guy, Ian and Jason.

Dave also provided the event photos from his perfect position on the committee boat that are all available on the following link:

 https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipPMGDdy8V1fH2_yuhResk3IPQMYuweLS5giD4m_UN98nJRTUL5rGnG6n4X4p6NbDg?key=NFN3aXNsZEhnNmduT1lWTHpCeGVBbm41bkIzNkpB

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Vernon Perkins
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