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Midland Open 2007

Midland Sailing Club ran the final Midland Circuit meeting on Saturday 20th October. 15 boats entered in spite of a 10.30 start and a forecast of light winds. The start of the first race was delayed for 40 minutes to allow a light breeze to appear from the south, but the competitors got away first time. The fleet was quite tightly bunched until the beginning of the second lap with Richard Dee then Paul Hollis swapping the lead several times. Paul then led for some while, but Richard managed to get through into first place by the finish. Paul was second and Dave Fowler third.

The second race was sailed back to back with the first and this time the Race Officer set a simpler course with only two beats in a slightly firmer breeze. Steve Leney got away well on another clean start, and by the end of the second beat had established a good lead over Chris Martin and Paul Hollis. These positions were maintained until the final beat, when a big lift on starboard tack enabled Paul to pull through into second.

After lunch the wind had moved more to the south west and a new course was laid. At least 3 boats were in contention and the start was tight. Richard pulled into an early lead, but trouble with his spinnaker allowed Paul to close and overtake him. Steve Leney found it difficult to recover from an unpromising start and, although he found good speed at times, he and Gill were unable to close the gap on the first two. Richard continued to press hard for the lead, but Paul was able to take the gun in a close finish, and with it the Midland Mug.


Report: Mike Anslow

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