04 Nov Weymouth Open 2008
This weekend eleven International 14s made the trip to Portland for the WPNSA regatta and to learn about the windshifts and pubs at this years Prince of Wales Cup venue. They were rewarded with bright sunshine, good steady breeze and exciting racing. Racing was well run under the flags and megaphone of Frank Newton on a joint course with the Laser 4000s, Buzzes, Isos, Europes and Bytes which provided for some interesting mark roundings and downwind legs. Saturday’s racing in bright sunshine and 15-22 knots of breeze was dominated by Martin and Neale Jones who used their good pace to score three bullets. Those behind could only hope that they had got their sums wrong and that their new in-line rig was as vulnerable as it looked. Douglas Pattison and Damian Ash finished the day in second despite an unexplained pitchpole at the windward mark in race 2 and Julian Pearson and Nick Martin wrapped up the top three with a 2,4,6 scorecard after others had either stopped to cool off with a swim or suffered breakages.
Sunday morning saw another sunny day, (though a less sunny fleet) and a lighter (8-12 knot) NE breeze. Andy Penman jumped ship to sub in for Martin Jones who was on baby-sitting duty. The first race was lead by Douglas and Damian until a jammed kite let through Tom Heywood and Ed Clay with Katie Nurton and Nigel Ash in hot pursuit and third. In the second race a general recall for the Laser 4000s meant the start was timed so the fleet sailed off the line and into a bunch of Buzzes rounding their bottom mark; despite much shouting Douglas and Damian came off worst with a tear in their mainsail; though still managed a second behind Tom and Ed with the stowaway Penman and Neale in third. The final race saw Dave Edge and Lee Arnison catch the rest of the fleet napping with a perfect port flyer. They were caught by Douglas and Damian who went on to take the win, with Tom and Ed just catching Andy and Neale on the last run for second.
The final results showed that Neale Jones, helped by his pair of helms, had done enough to win by 1 point from Tom and Ed, who just beat Douglas and Damian on count back. Many thanks for WPNSA for running a good event and we look forward to the Prince of Wales week in two weeks time, hopefully with equally good weather.
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|Position||Sail number||Helm||Crew||Club||Race 1||Race 2||Race 3||Race 4||Race 5||Race 6||Overall|
|1||CAN 595||Martin Jones / Andy Penman||Neale Jones||HISC||1||1||1||(6)||3||3||9|
|2||GBR 1484||Tom Heywood||Ed Clay||CUCrC||(7)||2||4||1||1||2||10|
|3||GBR 1500||Douglas Pattison||Damian Ash||ISC||2||(3)||3||2||2||1||10|