Doug Tomlinson Memorial Trophy and 2002T 4

Harwich & Dovercourt hosted the Doug Tomlinson Memorial Trophy and 2002 (Round 4) at their Dovercourt Seafront venue on Sunday 8th September 2013.

Ten Six Metre yachts arrived at the Dovercourt pond, representing six different clubs, and were greeted with conditions which enabled Nigel Gilson, the Officer of the Day (OOD), to set a Windward Leeward course with the start at the wide end.

The strength of the Fleet was emphasised by the fact that four of the competitors could still win the overall 2002T series. Terry Burton set the early pace winning the first race, whilst National Champion Vernon Appleton won two of the first five. Jon Alexander, the holder of both Trophies in 2012, was the more consistent sailor and took an early lead overall. Vicki Mills of the host club won the third race to show that the fleet was going to be competitive throughout. Geoff Earle (winner of the Sextant Trophy) had to wait until race 7 before registering his first win.

Lunch arrived with Jon holding a slender lead over Vernon with Terry a very close third. The afternoon session saw some excellent races in, at times, squally conditions, indeed sail changes were made by some whilst others gambled that the wind would abate. Nigel made minor course adjustments to ensure a good three beats were sailed. It was testimony to the skill of all the skippers and their boats that only one retirement was recorded until race 12, when Jon and Terry had a coming together which resulted in discards for both of them. The middle of the fleet saw Geoff Earle improve his overall position and Henry Farley gain his first win, whilst Bernie Guest was unable to build on a sound morning’s sailing. Malcolm Button and Mike Ewart both had teething problems with their new boats, whilst Derek Davies had some close battles with them lower down the order.

Throughout the competition the skippers acknowledged the observers’ calls and those guilty of an infringement did their turns. This saw the need for no protests to be heard.

The top three skippers held their lunchtime positions to the end of the day. This enabled Jon to retain the Tomlinson Trophy, but Vernon narrowly won the 2002T Series from Jon by virtue of better result in a previous event, with Terry coming third in both.

At the Prize Giving Jon thanked the Race Committee for their hard work and all the competitors for a good day’s sailing.

Report courtesy Mike Collins and Results from Henry Farley

Results:

Pos.

Skipper

Sail #

Club/City

Hull

Score

1

Jon Alexander

69

Swale Pit

Rococo

31.0

2

VernonAppleton

19

CFMBC

Rococo

34.5

3

Terry Burton

76

Broads RYC

Ravenna

48.0

4

Geoff Earle

176

HDMBC

Rococo

57.0

5

Henry Farley

96

LeeValley

Rococo

59.0

6

Bernie Guest

73

Broads RYC

Ravenna

60.5

7

Victoria Mills

16

HDMBC

Ravenna

68.0

8

Mike Ewart

36

2IRYC

Drisky

93.0

9

Derek Davies

31

LeeValley

Rococo

107.0

10

Malcolm Button

86

HDMBC

Rococo

114.0

2002 Trophy Positions

 

 

 

Rounds

 

 

Pos

Skipper

Club

1

2

3

4

Total

Best 2

1

VernonAppleton

Coalhouse Fort

64

100

 

90

254

190

2

Jon Alexander

Swale Pit

82

89

 

100

271

189

3

Terry Burton

Broads

100

78

 

80

258

180

4

Geoff Earle

Harwich & Dovercourt

 

55

100

70

225

170

5

Henry Farley

LeeValley

 

66

63

60

189

129

6

Bernie Guest

Broads

46

44

 

50

140

96

7

John Davies

LeeValley

 

 

85

 

85

85

8

Derek Davies

LeeValley

 

 

55

20

75

75

9

Vicky Mills

Harwich & Dovercourt

 

33

 

40

73

73

10

Paul Clayden

LeeValley

 

70

 

 

70

70

11

Mike Ewart

Two Islands

 

 

25

30

55

55

12

Geoff Appleton

Coalhouse Fort

28

21

 

 

49

49

13

Malcolm Burton

LeeValley

 

 

40

 

40

40

14

Malcolm Button

Harwich & Dovercourt

10

10

10

10

40

40

15

Peter Sutton

Broads

0

 

 

 

0

0

15

Graham Bantock

Chelmsford

 

0

 

 

0

0

15

Nigel Gilson

Harwich & Dovercourt

 

 

 

0

0

0

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