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24/03/2012
GUL Grand Prix Oxford SC

    This year we again shared Oxford Sailing Club hospitality with the RS300s and the Contenders.  Five boats entered on Saturday morning in unseasonably warm sunshine, perhaps the rest of the fleet were put off by the uninspiring forecast.

    The breeze failed to fill in and the reservoir had some big patches of glassy water.  The RO for the weekend took the sensible decision in the early afternoon to postpone racing for the day.  Adam decided to cut his losses and packed away for the weekend meanwhile the remaining four of us decided to check out the local camping options.  We filled the afternoon with a walk along the river, a pint and booked into the campsite which was slightly plusher than we were used to.

    After a good nights sleep we descended on Farmoor again, this time to be greeted by a light but welcome breeze, so racing was on…

    Race 1 saw the fleet split up the beat with Pete going right into slightly more breeze taking a lead into the windward mark followed by Tom and Chris with Richard having a ‘mare bringing up the rear.

    Race 2 was much the same with Pete again leading at the windwark mark, this time hotly pursued by Richard then Chris and Tom.

     It was becoming apparent that winning the first beat and picking the course through the numerous holes and shifts was key.  This sometimes meant taking a header in the hope that the breeze wouldn’t have moved elsewhere by the time we got to it.

    By race 3 the holes were becoming smaller and fewer but there were still some big shifts around.  This time Richard went right and Pete went left with Richard coming out on top at the first mark.  Richard sailed well the rest of the race carefully covering the others to take the win followed by Pete and Tom with Chris having another Wilson moment.

    Race 4 had more breeze with occasional trapezing on the reaches, woo hoo! Pete took this from Richard then Chris.

    Overall there was some good close racing and individual battles going on, Oxford did a good job in difficult conditions.

    So the season has started, hopefully we will get some more wind at future events.  It would also be good to see some new faces coming along.  If you are new to the class or haven’t come to an event yet please consider it, you will find loads of helpful advice.  It really is the best way to learn and improve.

    Oxford Sailing Club Open Meeting 24-25 March 2012

    Overall

    Sailed: 4, Discards: 1, To count: 3, Entries: 5, Scoring system: Appendix A
    Rank Boat Class SailNo Club HelmName R1 R2 R3 R4 Total Nett
    1st Methuselah Mouse RS 600 920 Northampton Peter Nelson 1.0 1.0 (2.0) 1.0 5.0 3.0
    2nd RS 600 867 Grafham Water Richard Broughton (4.0) 2.0 1.0 2.0 9.0 5.0
    3rd Baxter RS 600 768 Netley Tom Gall 2.0 4.0 3.0 (6.0 DNF) 15.0 9.0
    4th RS 600 630 Paignton Chris Tilbrook 3.0 3.0 (4.0) 3.0 13.0 9.0
    5th RS 600 895 Weston Adam Peak (6.0 DNC) 6.0 DNC 6.0 DNC 6.0 DNC 24.0 18.0
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