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Midland Open 2005

Light, trying conditions greeted twelve entrants to the MSC Midland Circuit Event held 15 May 05. After contemplating a postponement to wait for consistent wind, the race team got race 1 away on time only to watch half the fleet hoist spinnakers on the first upwind leg. Wind direction and positions changed constantly however the good guys managed to find their way to front and after a protest, finishing positions were:
1st Steve /Gill Leney from Blithfield SC
2nd Paul Hollis/Sam Williams MSC
3rd Peter Smith/ Nicki Smith also from Blithfield

Race 2 got underway in similar fashion, on a changed course and once again big shifts caused much place changing. Home boats trying to rely on local knowledge were not having a good time of it, Messrs Dee and Martin beaten on the line after losing a comfortable lead. Race 3 followed the same pattern. Home boat Dee/Martin were looking good to consolidate their 2nd place in race 2 when hitting a corner on the final beat lost them 6 places. A frustrating day perhaps but consistent sailing by Matt Biggs and Dave Crockett, the Leneys and Paul Hollis and Sam Williams deservedly earning them 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Overall positions:
1st. Matt Biggs and Dave Crockett, 3617 Blithfield SC
2nd. Steve and Gill Leney 3639 BSC
3rd. Paul Hollis and Sam Williams Midland SC
4th. Richard Dee and Chris Martin 3442 MSC
5th. Peter and Nicki, 3549 BSC


Report: Ian Smith