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South Cerney SC Solo Open 2016

Perfect start for 1


Saturday 1st October saw South Cerney sailing club as hosts to a round of the National Solo Class Association Western series.

The day provided something of everything, wind (for a short while,) no wind (for a long, long, long while) torrential rain, thunder and even for a short while sunshine, and on top of that wind shifting through 180 degrees.

16 Solos made it to the start line for the first of four scheduled races. The race got underway in the best breeze of the day. With all the fleet apart from Andy Miles holding back as the picture shows, despite his flying start Andy was only third after the first lap behind Phil Milanes and Andy Hyland. These three got away, changing places with each lap. When the race was finished in the dying wind after the third lap Miles was first, Milanes second and Hyland third.

The race officer took the decision to send the fleet in for an early lunch in the hope that the wind would improve.

After a welcome break the fleet came out hoping to get in three back to back races. With the course reset and a light wind the fleet was off again first time for race two. This time it was Guy Lonsdale who took the honours with Phil Milanes second and Blair Jamieson third.

A further wind shift necessitated moving the committee boat for race three. By the time the fleet had completed the first beat the wind had gone through 180 degrees and was dying. Race officer Gary Morris finished the race after one lap with Andy Miles first, Tim Wade Second and Guy Lonsdale third.  With the wind gone sent the boats ashore ahead of the wind disappearing completely.

Full results in attachement.

Vernon Perkins

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