Skandia Team GBR

Monday, June 23, 2003

Midland SC - Ent Double Chine Open

The ninth Meeting in this season's Speed Sails Double Chine series took place at Midland Sailing Club on Sunday 22nd June. The twelve boats were greeted by a Force 3 to 4, the forecast millpond did not happen.

Race one started first time and Barry Moss/Julie Moore led to the windward mark but touched it. Whilst they did the penalty turn Mike Cossey/Christine Barron took the lead until a spectacular windward capsize put paid to their chances. Paul and James Holmes then took over the lead only to give it back to Barry Moss before the finish. Martin and Laurence Davies finished third despite Martin falling out of the boat.

A course change for Race two, again the fleet got away first time Martin Davies leading the way followed by the Holmes brothers. Try as they might the brothers could not catch the run away leader. A closer battle took place for 3rd and 4th being decided on the last beat when Jonathan Woodward/Alex Craddock past Philip Kirk/James Askew.

Race three and any one of four could win the meeting. So another name enters the frame Paul Young/Richard Craddock lead for the first lap. The fleet in tight battle followed closely. On the second lap Martin Davies overtook Paul Young on the beat, in the close racing places still changed as Martin Bottomley/Ray Ball moved up to second. As the wind dropped on the last lap Woodward/Craddock took the lead. On the final beat Martin Davies got the better of Jonathan Woodward to win a tacking duel and the meeting.

1st 22320 Martin and Laurence Davies Rugby and Daventry S.C.
2nd 23036 Paul and James Holmes Birmingham Brookvale S.C.
3rd 23006 Barry Moss and Julie Moore Shustoke S.C.
4th 22810 Jonathan Woodward and Alex Craddock Redditch S.C.
5th 21566 Philip Kirk and James Askew Frampton on Severn S.C.
6th 22823 Mike Cossey and Christine Barron Tamworth S.C.

Report Kindly provided by Paul "Stick-it-up" Young

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