Nine skippers from 3 clubs arrived at Clayton Hill for the Sextant Trophy for 2014.
This year as well as being a round of the 2002 Trophy Series the event is also the Eastern District R6M Championship.
The lake runs from south west to north east so with a wind rather more westerly than that, it was awkward to set a true course. The first attempt quickly proved to favour a port tack start as the wind shifted round, so was switched to a better one though still not consistently true to the wind direction. However with the usual shifts associated with the site, together with some very light patches, it was never possible to complete a leg on the same tack.
Wind strength was generally a good top suit breeze with strong gusts at times and the aforementioned light areas, so skippers had to work to get along any leg of the course.
Local knowledge, if not of the best course then certainly of the need to avoid getting frustrated by the light patches and shifts, paid good dividends for the John Davies and Derek Davies (not related!) who dominated most of the time.
John in particular did a magnificent job by winning every race bar one and he was second in that. Derek was second in many races and was able to discard his two poor scores where his winch played up, to record a convincing second place.
Bernie Guest was in 3rd place overall through the day though his scores fluctuated somewhat.
Last year’s winner Geoff Earle had an up and down day not helped by losing control when he forgot that he was using 40MHz not 2.4GHz and thus didn’t extend the transmitter aerial. However he recovered sufficiently to claw his way back to 4th place.
Richard Hesketh and Cliff Daniels were very close on overall score through the day and swaped places several times.
In the end they finished on equal points with Richard taking 5th spot by having a best score of 3 compared with Cliff’s 4.
David Fowles was sailing a newly completed Rococo which was in need of more careful trimming so though at times it went very well it was not consistent. In addition the tricky winds had the skipper puzzled.
Liz Browne was not able to compete in all the races which didn’t help her score but there were a couple of times when she got the bit between her teeth to fight her way to a 4th and a 3rd place.
Paul Clayden was unfortunate to get seriously entangled with other boats twice (or was it three times?) and decided that he had become a hazard so withdrew from the event.
So John Davies was a clear winner of the Sextant Trophy and the Eastern District R6M Championship.
|1||John Davies||25||Lee Valley||Ravenna||12.0||1.0||1.0||1.0||1.0||1.0||1.0||1.0||1.0||1.0||2.0||1.0||1.0||1.0||1.0|
|2||Derek Davies||31||Lee Valley||Rococo||28.0||2.0||2.0||2.0||2.0||2.0||3.0||4.0||3.0||2.0||1.0||2.0||6.0||3.0||6.0|
|4||Geoff Earle||47||Harwich & Dovercourt||Rococo||56.0||8.0||10.0||4.0||6.0||10.0||5.0||2.0||4.0||8.0||7.0||3.0||2.0||5.0||2.0|
|5||Richard Hesketh||26||Lee Valley||Revival||59.0||5.0||5.0||6.0||5.0||3.0||6.0||8.0||7.0||3.0||4.0||10.0||5.0||6.0||4.0|
|6||Cliff Daniels||03||Lee Valley||Prismatic||59.0||10.0||4.0||5.0||4.0||4.0||7.0||7.0||5.0||4.0||6.0||5.0||4.0||4.0||7.0|
|7||David Fowles||79||Harwich & Dovercourt||Rococo||70.0||7.0||7.0||7.0||3.0||5.0||4.0||3.0||8.0||6.0||5.0||10.0||7.0||8.0||8.0|
|9||Paul Clayden||125||Lee Valley||Prismatic||108.0||3.0||6.0||9.0||10.0||10.0||10.0||10.0||10.0||10.0||10.0||10.0||10.0||10.0||10.0|
As three of the boats did not have valid certificates, two have yet to be measured for the first time and another had been much modified since being measured, none of these were eligible for consideration in the ED Championship, the 2002 Trophy series or the MYA Radio League.
They were however eligible to sail in the event as the relevant rules expressly allow for that. So David, Liz and Bernie disappear from the result for today’s event in the 2002 Trophy table below.
By the end of the week all will probably have been measured so can compete for points in the final round of the 2002 trophy at Dovercourt on 14th September where there will no doubt be fierce competition with several boats having the possibility of winning the series.
By then the best 3 events will count though only Geoff Earle will have three!
|Pos||SKIPPER||CLUB||2002T 1||2002T 3||TOTAL||1st||2nd||BEST 2||Pos|
|1||John Davies||Lee Valley||100||100||100||100||1|
|3||Jon Alexander||Harwich & Dovercourt||87||87||87||87||3|
|3||Geoff Earle||Harwich & Dovercourt||23||64||87||64||23||87||3|
|5||Derek Davies||Lee Valley||82||82||82||82||5|
|7||Mike Ewart||Two Islands||61||61||61||61||7|
|9||Richard Hesketh||Lee Valley||46||46||46||46||9|
|10||Malcolm Button||Harwich & Dovercourt||36||36||36||36||10|
|11||Cliff Daniels||Lee Valley||28||28||28||28||11|
|12||Paul Clayden||Lee Valley||10||10||10||10||12|
|14||Henry Farley||Lee Valley||0||0||0||0||14|
Report and Results Courtesy Henry Farley