Datchet Water Sailing Club, Flying Fifteen Mercedes Open Meeting. March 8th & 9th.

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

14 teams were served fantastic conditions on the warmest weekend of the year so far with not a cloud in the sky either day.  Fair wind strengths with decent sized shifts kept everyone on their toes and made for plenty of opportunities to gain or lose, right up to the finish line in every race.

A total of six races were completed, 3 each day, all on windward leeward courses. Saturday’s courses were without an offset mark at the top of the course and led to some pretty close calls as a persistent right shift meant most teams gybe set into the chasing peloton! 

Over the weekend, the two Hyde teams were quick, and were always there or thereabouts. John Hanson & Helen Hepworth were super consistent; Richard Lovering & Matt Alvarado were less consistent on the Saturday but were able to dig themselves out of the pack with smarts and speed, especially downwind.  

Ian Cadwallader and Bill Chard from Chew Valley SC were overnight leaders with an impressive 3,1,1 score line. The best of the rest were all tightly bunched on11, 12 & 13 points. After a short delay, Sunday’s racing saw Charles Apthorpe saling with Alan Green win the day and the Mercedes trophy with a scoreline of 1,2,1. Richard Lovering and Ian Cadwallader took the other podium places with John & Helen a well deserved 4th overall.  

Both of the attending Hyde Sails teams were more than happy with their respective results and the way the rig & sails were working in the fluctuating breeze strengths. The next open event for the Hyde Sails Flying Fifteen Team is the Bewl Valley SC meeting on April 5th & 6th. 

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