posted on September 10, 2018
Results and Report from the 2018 South Cerney SC Open meeting which took place on September 8th & 9th.
Fine weather with plenty of wind, excellent course setting,keen competition and a splendid Saturday evening meal were the features of the 2018 South Cerney Flying Fifteen Open Meeting on 8/9th September. Six SCSC boats entered, manned by Alex & Mike Tatlow 3288 (Silver), Derek & Tim 3395 (Silver), John & Barry 3268 (Silver), Richard & Mike Willis 2626 (Classic), Tony & daughter Charlotte 3374 (Silver) and Dave Whittle & Malcolm James in a borrowed Classic 2801. We were joined by two visiting crews, Neil and Stuart Bartholomey from Middle Nene in a fine wooden-decked Classic 2700 and Bob Tait & Peter Comber from Broxbourne in a modern Gold 4051. Disappointingly our other regular supporters from Broxbourne, Brian & Jackie, could not be with us due to Jackie's illness. We wish her well.
The Club had given unshared use of our 120 acre lake for the event. Our Race Officer, Paul Kimmins, took full advantage of this and the favourable direction of the SW wind to set a long beat with a choice of tactics, two spinnaker runs and some broad reaches. Thrilling planing was the order of the day, with or without spinnaker.
On Sunday the wind had veered and strengthened a little, leading to shorter beats but the opportunity for a spectacular broad reach from corner to corner of the lake. Phew! Who needs an engine!
We had an unusual incident when Race 5 needed to be abandonned and restarted due to a buoy having mysteriously re-located to a nearby bank. Wind or a snagged fishing line?
Top honours were won decisively by the Middle Nene visitors Neil & Stuart with four wins and two seconds. The trophy for the top Classic also went to them. Our other visitors Bob & Peter were impressively fast in their modern boat, being first across the finishing line in four races. However PY adjustment reduced their wins to two, placing them in second place overall.
The Tatlow brothers sailed well, particularly on the windier day (their speciality) and finished in third place and with the top Silver trophy. The SCSC Fleet trophy went to Derek & Tim who had kept up a consistent challenge to the leaders throughout the event.
John & Barry demonstrated that with a wire main halyard found to be on the point of snapping, some Boy Scout knots and sticky tape could get them back on the water with the loss of only one race.
The three course meal with choices, provided again by Pam, was as excellent as ever and thoroughly enjoyed by all. Our thanks go to her and Ben her helper, and to Paul, our Race Officer and his team, all of who made the meeting a success.
Photos courtesy and copyright of Dave Whittle