10 June 2019 Keith Jamieson 1077 Race results Grafham Open Previous Article Scottish Area Championships Next Article Nationals Entries Saturday’s forecast on Thursday of 40+ gusts certainly dampened down the entry but on the day the wind had moderated to 22 mph with 30 + gusts. After a mutually agreed delay of 30 mins the afternoon racing was set on a sausage/triangle/sausage course. The first race got underway with a reduced fleet of 8 boats and was led all the way by a considerable margin by Ian Cadwallader and Steve Graham but regrettably they rounded the wrong leeward mark on the second lap so were DSQ, promoting Simon Kneller and Dave Lucas to first place with Mark and Ben Longstaff making it a Grafham one two. The wind in the next two races began to moderate somewhat but the leading group was substantially unchanged with Mark and Ben winning race 2 with Simon and Dave re-asserting their authority in Race 3; Ian and Steve recorded 2nd places in both races. Sunday was a different kettle of fish altogether with a variable 5 – 12 mph wind so the Race Officer set three windward/leeward courses. This provided some very close tactical racing: after Ian and Steve took the fourth race, it was all to play for as they were tied on 5 points with Simon /7 June 2020and Mark after the discard came in to play. Simon and Dave sailed a superb fifth race, not only winning it, but with three bullets under their belt, ensuring that they,could no longer be caught for overall first place. In the final race Jonathan and Trish Knight sailed brilliantly leading the fleet until the final reach to the finish when they were just pipped to the post by Mark and Ben. Many thanks are due to John Aston and his team for a superbly run event. The top three boats were only separated by one point the final top placings were: 1st 4024 Simon Kneller and Dave Lucas GWSC 9pts 2nd 4039 Mark and Ben Longstaff GWSC 9pts 3rd 4055 Ian Cadwallader and Steve Graham Chew Valley SC 10pts Dave Philpott Rate article No rating Rate this article: No rating Tags grafham open Share Print Switch article Scottish Area Championships Previous Article Nationals Entries Next Article Related articles Inland Championship Results Datchet Open UKGLOBAL National Rankings Hot Up at Grafham Comment Collapse Expand Comments (0) You don't have permission to post comments.