Henry Johnson Memorial Trophy 2017

Today
at Lee Valley’s Clayton Hill venue the wind was about as good as it gets.
More or less straight down the lake from the far end and of good top suit
strength with the usual gusts and shifts and holes and all the other things
that make sailing there a challenge.  A port rounding triangle and sausage
was used over most of the lake with separate start and finish lines part way up
the length.

We run in it what might be called the old fashioned club
way.  That is we take off a few skippers to run each race and give them a
suitable score for their efforts.  Normally we elect to make that score the
average of the scores collected when they are racing and we started that way
today.  However things took an awkward turn when the inverter driving the
computer gave up the ghost.  For manual scoring it is far simpler to give a
score of zero when the skipper is doing Race Committee duty and to ensure that
everyone gets an equal number of races doing so.

That was achieved (3 each)
despite a couple of the skippers having to leave early.
It was always a close
fought battle between the top three who usually occupied one of the top three
spots in each race but others made their mark from time to time. Notably Simon
Liddell with 3 wins and Rick Buxton with couple while Dave Allinson and I
had one each.
As is usual for this event, everyone behaved impeccably with
all incidents being sorted on the water.
We managed 20 races between 10
am  and 4 pm, giving us 3 discards in addition to 3 duty races, a lunch
break and a couple of tea breaks.

I dropped out of the racing to do the
scoring manually and keep it up to date leaving only discards to be totalled and
deducted to give the final scores. For simplicity I accepted a large score for
doing so.

Jean Tarling, Henry’s better half,  there to present the
prizes, thanked everyone for attending and keeping his memory alive.



Henry Johnson Memorial Trophy
2017

After 20 races with 3
discards

Position

Skipper

Sail

Club/City

Hull

Score

1

Mark
Dennis

19

Chelmsford

BritPop

14

2

George
Beacroft

15

Lee Valley

Vision

27

3

Barry
Raven

32

Chelmsford

BritPop

32

4

Dave
Allinson

4

Chipstead

Fractal 2

52

5

Rick
Buxton

41

Norwich

Vision

57

6

Simon
Liddel

68

Lee Valley

Cockatoo 08

64

7

John
Richmond

85

Chelmsford

MX14

67

8

Norman
Clarke

55

Lee Valley

Errica 2

71

9

Roy
Joslin

84

Chelmsford

Isis

71

10

Paul
Clayden

110

Lee Valley

Gadget

97

11

Cliff
Daniels

39

Lee Valley

Crossbow

110

12

Henry
Farley

97

Lee Valley

Italiko

135



Cheers
Henry Farley

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