Hope Reach Trophy – 2002T 2

Four Rococos, three Ravennas and an Octavia, with their skippers, arrived at Coalhouse Fort on a bright and breezy Sunday 17th June. The occasion was the Hope Reach trophy which doubled as the second round of the 2002 trophy series.

Vernon Appleton was the Race Officer ably assisted by Graham Childs and Alf Reynolds. A standard triangle and sausage course was set and apart from one realignment as the wind veered a little soon after the start, it remained all day.

Terry, Jon and Bernie thought the wind strength was a bit high for comfortable use of top suit so employed main sails with reduced width though still full height. The rest stayed in the full top suit and managed reasonably well though there were times when control was lost or at best difficult. Not that it was only those with the full area that struggled in the occasional gust though Geoff Appleton and Henry Farley were the only ones to finish up stranded on the lee bank!

National and District R6M Champion Terry Burton looked to be set to show the way again by taking the first race comfortably.

Henry Farley took the second and fourth with Geoff Appleton winning the third. This took us to the first discard which left net scores for the top boats as Henry with 5, Terry and Jon Alexander with 7 and Geoff with 8

There was very close racing between these four for most of the day although others poked their noses in from time to time to add to the pleasure. By Race 8 Terry had added another couple of wins while Geoff and Henry added one and Jon won his first race.

In the pre-start manoeuvring for Race 8 Geoff took off Henry’s jib by breaking the swivel cord so Henry missed that race while repairing. Geoff retired while Henry was subsequently given redress as average points for the preceding races. That gave Terry the overall lead with 11 points followed by Henry with 11.2, Jon with 19 and Geoff with 20.

By Race 12 Jon and Henry had each added another two wins which changed the order again. By now Henry had quite a good overall lead with18.2 points to Terry’s 24 , Jon’s 28 and Geoff’s 33.

Disaster struck in Race 13 when after taking a useful lead Henry’s rudder rudder shaft snapped on the last downwind leg so with no control he failed to finish. With the final race about to start he was unable to replace it in the time available and so forfeited the last race too. Jon and Terry won those two races to give the final scores shown in the table below.

Although the rest of the fleet didn’t figure in the wins they all had their moments of delight if not final success. Bernie was often ‘troublesome’ to the top boats by making them work hard for their places and managed a coupe of second places as his reward. Geoff Earle was sailing a new, as yet unmeasured, Rococo that he had moulded and we expect to see him do better as he gets to grips with it.

Vicki, sailing the ex Jono Knight Ravenna which she now owns, was bothered by an intermittent winch fault though at times was well placed. Malcolm too had his moments until his kicking strap broke in race 8 so he had to withdraw from the rest of the races. Rumour has it that his wooden Rococo will soon be replaced with one of Geoff Earle’s mouldings so we expect to see him more competitive in future.

Pos.
Skipper
Sail #
Club/City
Hull
Score
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
1
Terry Burton
76
Broads
Ravenna
27.0
1.0
4.0
2.0
9.0
3.0
1.0
1.0
3.0
4.0
2.0
4.0
3.0
2.0
1.0
2
Henry Farley
96
Lee Valley
Rococo
29.2
4.0
1.0
3.0
1.0
2.0
2.0
3.0
2.2
7.0
1.0
2.0
1.0
8.0
8.0
3
Jon Alexander
69
Harwich & Dovercourt
Rococo
34.0
2.0
2.0
5.0
3.0
6.0
5.0
5.0
1.0
1.0
4.0
1.0
4.0
1.0
5.0
4
Geoff Appleton
116
Coalhouse Fort
Octavia
39.0
5.0
9.0
1.0
2.0
1.0
9.0
2.0
9.0
2.0
6.0
3.0
2.0
3.0
3.0
5
Bernard Guest
73
Broads
Ravenna
42.0
3.0
3.0
6.0
5.0
4.0
3.0
4.0
2.0
3.0
3.0
5.0
6.0
5.0
2.0
6
Geoff Earle
85
Harwich & Dovercourt
Rococo
66.0
9.0
5.0
7.0
6.0
7.0
4.0
6.0
4.0
6.0
7.0
6.0
7.0
4.0
4.0
7
Vicki Mills
16
Harwich & Dovercourt
Ravenna
74.0
9.0
9.0
4.0
4.0
5.0
6.0
8.0
9.0
5.0
5.0
7.0
5.0
8.0
8.0
8
Malcolm Button
24
Harwich & Dovercourt
Rococo
94.0
6.0
6.0
8.0
7.0
8.0
7.0
7.0
9.0
9.0
9.0
9.0
9.0
9.0
9.0
Winners
Discards
Report courtesy of Henry Farley
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