Results :: Bartley S.C. Open Meeting

13/03/2016 13/03/2016

Write-up

Sunday 13th saw the the first round of the 2016 Merlin Rocket Midland Series at Bartley SC. Fifteen boats from as far away as Wembley and Swarkestone arrived at Bartley reservoir to find an 8 knot easterly breeze and spring sunshine.

With the forecast of more breeze later Andy Bownes the race officer got the first race away in 8-12 knots. First around the windward mark was 3700 Richie Adams/Andrew Prosser followed closely by 5 boats. 3700 were caught by 3743 Matt Biggs/John Hackett and then by 3716 Steve and Gill Leney who lead at the finish. Meanwhile 3564 Rob Kennaugh/Tim Male, 3760 Mark Reddington/Colin Staite and 3700 battled for 3rd with 3760 getting some good pressure from the left and taking the place.

The second race started after a lunch break in slightly more breeze on the same course. This time it was 3743 that was first at the windward mark with all the usual suspects from the first race. As the fleet closed up at the leeward mark it was 3716 that took the lead followed by 3743 who battled to the finish with 3743 finally coming out on top. Meanwhile 3700, 3564 and 3760 had re-joined their battle with 3745 Paul Dean/Nicki Della-Porta coming home in 6th place.

Andy Bownes then ran a short postponement whist he re-set his course for the 3rd race in yet more breeze. This time 3716 lead from the start leaving 3743 back in the pack with a lot of work to do. 3564 sailed a good race to 2nd whilst 3583 Colin and Sean Anderson joined in the race for 3rd with 3743 recovering to 5th There were notable battles all the way through the fleet made interesting by the variable wind, with everybody having their own tales to tell, but with 2 wins the day belonged to 3716 Steve and Gillian Leney from Blithfield SC. The fleet reconvenes at Midland SC next Sunday 20th March.
 
 
By Mark Reddington

Results

PosHelmCrewSail NoClubR1R2R3Pts
1stLENEY SteveLENEY Gillian3716Blithfield SC1‑212
2ndBIGGS MattHACKETT John3743Blithfield SC21‑53
3rdKENNAUGH RobMALE Tim3564Blithfield SC‑4426
4thADAMS RichiePROSSER Andrew3700Midland SC‑5336
5thREDDINGTON MarkSTAITE Colin3760Bartley SC35‑68
6thANDERSON ColinANDERSON Sean3583Redditch SC6‑8410
7thDEAN PaulDELLA‑PORTA Nicki3745Wembley SC76‑813
8thHOLLIS PaulSCOTT Liese3730Blithfield SC‑87714
9thRICKABY AnthonySHAH Mayuri3602Wembley SC‑129918
10thHIRST SamMARTIN Carl3610Swarkestone SC9‑131120
11thSMITH MartinBESTON Karen3567Blithfield SC‑14111021
12thANSLOW MikeTAYLOR John3674Midland SC/Bartley SC1110(DNC)21
13thBROWNE GuyHUNTER Andy3619Trent Valley SC10‑121222
14thMASON KieronMASON George3586Blithfield SC13‑141326
15thCOLLES MikeIHMAN Brenda3530Midland SC15(DNF)DNF31

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