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Hunts Vintage Open 2007

A poor weather forecast deterred a number of potential visitors from making the journey to Hunts SC on 12 May. A fresh westerly breeze with gusts to 25 mph greeted the four boats that took to the water. A series of 3 races, one before lunch and two after, each of approximately 40 minutes duration were sailed around a figure of eight course consisting of a series of beats & reaches. Conditions were testing for both boats and crews and offers by the OOD to extend the duration of the races were firmly but politely turned down!

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Racing upwind was close but both 799 (Mervyn Allen) and 2529 (Ben Marshall) showed superior off-wind performance, with these two steadily moving away from the two older boats and ensuring line honours were shared (799 2 races, 2529 1 race). Spinnakers remained firmly tucked away as the wind showed no signs of abating, and a couple of sharp rain squalls gave a soaking to those who had not sampled the water in the more traditional way.


Report: Mike Liggett
Photos: Bruce Head
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The Merlin Handicap system was applied to elapsed times, giving the following overall results:

1st	799	Holt 'Premiere'				Mervyn Allen (Ranelagh SC)
2nd	2529	Morrison 'September Girl'		Ben Marshall (Minima YC)
3rd	235	Holt 'Riant'				Jon Cowper (Hunts SC)
4th	1066	Procter 'Mk XII'			Tim Bury (Banbury SC)

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