On arriving at the Coalhouse Fort MBC lake on Sunday 1st May, it was a lovely sunny day with blue sky and just some very small cloud. Unfortunately we were not blessed with the same good luck regarding the wind – it was very light easterly wind coming across the lake from the Thames. This was going to be a major headache for Geoff Appleton as Race Officer to set a good course, and so it was decided to leave the course until just before the first race.
Twelve skippers from five clubs turned up and so one fleet was the order of the day, with observers from the home club.
So the time came to set the course and as luck would have it, the wind had veered round to the south and increased in strength. As such, a windward/leeward course, with an offset mark at the windward end, was set at the southern end of the lake. And so racing begin.
From the offset, it was clear that we were going to see some close racing, at least initially between Colin Goodman, Vernon Appleton and Mark Dennis, with that being the finishing order for the first three races, with Graham Bartholomew waiting to pick up the pieces if any of those three failed.
As the day moved on, the wind veered round to the south west and strengthened slightly, but it was agreed the course should stay the same with an average 15 minutes per race. Whilst there were some minor infringements, these were all resolved on the water thanks to the excellent behaviour of all the skippers.
As the day progressed, Colin and Vernon continued their battle at the front, but unfortunately Mark started to drop away, whilst Graham moved up as predicted, although Mark did make a bit of a comeback by winning race 14 but too late. George Beacroft made a poor start to the day but after race 3 his performance improved whilst at the same time Trevor Binks struggled with the ISIS 2 which he was using in place of his BritPop which is away being repaired.
At the end of what was an excellent day both in terms of weather and racing, it was Colin Goodman who walked away with the trophy by winning 14 of the 15 races only being beaten into second place by Mark. Vernon Appleton was second and Graham Bartholomew third – was this home water Advantage?
Our thanks to all competitors for their excellent behaviour and Malcolm Schaffer , Geoff Appleton and John Newton for overseeing the racing.
|1||Colin Goodman||61||Coalhouse Fort MBC||BritPop||13.0|
|2||Vernon Appleton||36||Coalhouse Fort MBC||F3||31.0|
|3||Graham Bartholomew||65||Coalhouse Fort MBC||Kantun S||40.0|
|4||Mark Dennis||19||Chelmsford RYC||BritPop||51.0|
|5||George Beacroft||15||Chelmsford RYC||Vision||67.0|
|6||Trevor Binks||175||Eastbourne||Isis 2||75.0|
|7||David Hope||11||Harwich & Dovercourt||Kantun S||81.0|
|8||Rick Buxton||41||Harwich & Dovercourt||Vision||88.0|
|9||Barry Raven||32||Chelmsford RYC||BritPop||98.0|
|10||Andy Seymour||85||Southend MBC||V8||127.0|
|11||Simon Purdon||75||Norwich RYC||Ericca||135.0|
|12||Jim La Roche||53||Coalhouse Fort MBC||?||161.0|