Bartley sailors dominate out on the open circuit
Last weekend saw the RS400 team go to Queen Mary for the Winter Championships, to battle it out against a 25 strong fleet turnout. Celebrations continuing long into the late hours of Saturday night after Caroline’s 2nd place in race 3 and with Howard & Richard keeping pace in the middle of the fleet. Day two saw the competition getting to grips with the testing conditions and our team having to pull out all they could muster. But being OCS on the last race has brought home the realisation for Jason that his job of managing Caroline must continue on and OFF the water next time the zambuca’s are out!!! It was tough competition but our team did well and enjoyed the event.
The Laser team of Jeremy Robin and John ventured to Bowmoor SC for the first of the Wessex Regional Grand Prix’s. With 37 boats all keen to dust of their winter blues it was runnerup Champion last year Tim Keighley with his new boat that was powerful of the line but Robin Pitt with all his winter training was having none of it and battled to the first buoy rounding in 4th. With Ling struggling to find clear air and when finally reaching the dizzy heights of the leader board was forced to do a doggy 720 resulting in falling back to third. Jeremy came in for lunch wondering why boats seemed to just keep passing him by, only to fine he was carrying half the lake with him. It seems running a-ground at BSC had damaged his hull which was not noticed till it was too late. Whilst Ling started race two in a commanding position, again a 720 caused him to drop to second leaving the event wide open and all on the last race with three positional winners.
Robin’s start in race 3 was again strong and put him up with the top 5 boats, along with Jeremy but unfortunately soon found his boat sluggish on the runs. Ling was away from the line like a bullet leading the pack home and as Robin said at the prize giving speech “you go fast when you don’t get in everyone’s way”
Bartley Sailing club can be proud that it’s represented out on the open circuit in such a strong way by some great sailors.
Lots more reports to follow from the National circuit with Ed Higson triumphant in 2nd in the Radial qualifiers just behind Olympiad Alison Young.