Oliver Lee Trophy 2015

Sunday 4th January 2015 must have seen one of the first open meetings for the new 2015 calendar. The venue Blackwater Sailing Club’s practice lake at Heybridge, Essex, wasDSCN0260 shrouded in fog, this together with the icy roads, did not put off 22 competitors who gathered for the days racing, including skippers from the Isle of Wight and Eastbourne

Race Officer George Beacroft set a triangle and sausage course with a start line just off the bank close to the cabin. Despite the fog there was a very sailable light westerly breeze.

The fleet was separated into A and B heats making 13 boats competing over the course, that remained throughout the day with only minor adjustments involving the change of windward mark and consequent start line angle.

After the first two seeding races it became apparent that there was going to be some close racing, the early leaders being Colin Goodman and Graham Bartholomew, with Phil Playle, Mark Dennis, Trevor Binks and Malcolm Harris all challenging. However, it soon became apparent that Colin Goodman was going to be the skipper to beat with the rest vying for second and third. After 5 races Colin was 6 points clear of Phil and Mark, with Graham falling back to fourth place.

DSCN0262Lunchtime was embellished with the now traditional and very welcome addition of hot mulled wine and mince pies very kindly provide by Cathy Beacroft, thanks very much Cathy, much appreciated. The hot mulled wine was really welcome on a day that saw the temperature not go much above freezing point.

After lunch, the day continued with Colin taking two more race wins, but having a minor scare in race 7 which did not have too much of an effect as this was one of his two discards. Phil  and Mark continued to vie for second and third place, both having a relatively poor race 6 with Phil eventually managing to get the better of Mark.

DSCN0271A total of 8 races were completed that provided 2 discards and the winner Colin Goodwin ended the day with only 9 points. A very impressive day Colin, a worthy winner.

Second place was taken by Phil Playle sailing his Vision and third was Mark Dennis sailing a BritPop.

 

Whilst there were some protests, these were all settled on the water and thanks to all skippers for adhering to the RYA Racing Charter. Also, thanks to George Beacroft and his race team for a good days racing.

RESULTS:

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Skipper

Sail # Club/City Hull Score 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 Colin Goodman 33 Coalhouse Fort Goth Evo 3 9.0 4.0 2.0 1.0 2.0 2.0 1.0 10.0 1.0
2 Phil Playle 77 Chelmsford Vision 20.0 1.0 5.0 7.0 4.0 3.0 7.0 3.0 4.0
3 Mark Dennis 19 Chelmsford BritPop 22.0 3.0 9.0 5.0 5.0 4.0 6.0 2.0 3.0
4 Graham Bartholomew 65 Coalhouse Fort V8 26.0 6.0 1.0 6.0 1.0 8.0 11.0 4.0 9.0
5 Trevor Binks 72 Eastbourne BritPop 26.0 1.0 10.0 2.0 9.0 6.0 4.0 5.0 8.0
6 Malcolm Harris 88 Chelmsford Tonic 27.0 3.0 8.0 3.0 6.0 5.0 3.0 14.0 7.0
7 Ken Binks 83 Eastbourne BritPop 29.0 4.0 7.0 9.0 3.0 9.0 8.0 1.0 6.0
8 Phil Newman 74 Chelmsford Pikanto 33.0 5.0 6.0 10.0 13.0 1.0 5.0 6.0 12.0
9 Vernon Appleton 95 Coalhouse Fort Fraktal 35.0 5.0 3.0 8.0 11.0 7.0 10.0 7.0 5.0
10 John Cleave 0 Ryde BritPop 51.0 2.0 11.0 4.0 12.0 14.0 12.0 16.0 10.0
11 Charles Clark 55 Chelmsford Italiko 54.0 2.0 4.0 13.0 15.0 12.0 22.0 9.0 14.0
12 Chris Esdale-Pearson 174 Harwich & Dovercourt Goth Evo 3 58.0 8.0 12.0 11.0 7.0 14.0 9.0 11.0 18.0
13 Terry Burton 76 Broads MX 14 59.0 7.0 13.0 18.0 10.0 15.0 2.0 12.0 15.0
14 Barry Raven 32 Chelmsford BritPop 61.0 10.0 14.0 19.0 8.0 11.0 16.0 23.0 2.0
15 Nicholas Ennion 50 Harwich & Dovercourt Stealth 74.0 9.0 21.0 16.0 16.0 22.0 14.0 8.0 11.0
16 Alf Reynolds 42 Chelmsford Isotonic 81.0 6.0 15.0 17.0 23.0 10.0 17.0 23.0 16.0
17 Rick Buxton 41 Harwich & Dovercourt MX14 84.0 9.0 17.0 20.0 14.0 16.0 19.0 14.0 14.0
18 Geoff Appleton 16 Coalhouse Fort Merlot 89.0 8.0 16.0 12.0 17.0 20.0 18.0 18.0 21.0
19 Ray Bland 54 Coalhouse Fort Arrival 92.0 7.0 20.0 15.0 19.0 19.0 13.0 19.0 19.0
20 Geoff White 197 Chelmsford Arrival 92.0 12.0 18.0 14.0 18.0 21.0 15.0 15.0 20.0
21 Andy Brown 38 Chelmsford Reggae 103.0 10.0 19.0 22.0 20.0 17.0 21.0 20.0 17.0
22 John Richmond 85 Chelmsford Isis 108.0 11.0 22.0 21.0 21.0 18.0 20.0 17.0 22.0

Report and photos courtesy of John Richmond.

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