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Topper Open September 2008

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TOPPER

FINAL SOUTH EAST TRAVELLER       (No.14)
ISLAND BARN
20 09 08
 

REPORT

29 boats arrived for the final Topper Traveller. So did the sun. But the forecast 8 knot Easterly got lost en route, so the morning was spent tug-of-warring, raft building and early lunching. A ghost of a ripple appeared at 1pm and racing commenced.

Race 1 You might remember Clive Jackson, age 34, from last year, finishing second overall in boat number 16516. Well, Clive has bought a new boat. New to him that is - boat number 17501. For the uninitiated, the top squaddies are sporting sail numbers in the 46,000s.
Their sails crackled impressively with impregnated resin, promising light-air speed galore. Clive's old yellow sail looked as limp as HBOS's share price in comparison. In this slow one lapper, Charlotte Fenn led at the first mark, with Jonathan Hewat second and Ben Cooper third. Then the wind arrived. Clive's yellow relic became positively perky as he romped past half a dozen boats to finish second to Charlotte.

Race 2 - This became a match race between Ollie Machell and Clive, who both opened up a big lead on the rest. Ollie repulsed Clive's frequent attacks until the final downwind mark when Clive managed to gain a six inch inside overlap on Ollie, came away from the mark in the lead and took the race.

Race 3 - Ollie was hurt by this. He horizoned the fleet in the next race, winning by a 100 metres. Jonathan Hewat managed to hold off Clive for second place, setting the stage for the final race decider, with Clive and Ollie on 3 points, Jonathan on 5, Charlotte on 6, after 1 discard for each.

Race 4 - Those waiting at the first windward mark for an action packed rounding by the four contenders were a little surprised to find none in the first three. Island Barn junior Alistair Smithwas the surprise leader, followed closely by ex Area Rep Jo Wicken and Louis Knevett. Three of the leaders, Ollie, Jonathan and Charlotte had gone left on the beat and the wind had gone right. Wise Clive had stayed in the middle and rounded first of the leaders in 4th, with Jonathan, Ollie and Charlotte back in 8th, 10th and 15th. Louis Knevett passed the two leaders to win. Clive just needed to cover his rivals to the finish, which he did in style, pipping Jo Wicken on the line for second and securing the overall First Prize.

1        Clive Jackson        17501          Papercourt
2        Jonathan Hewat     46290          Medway
3        Ollie Machell                   46278          Papercourt
4        Charlotte Fenn       44942          Newhaven and Seaford
5        Jonty Freeman      45818          Newhaven and Seaford
6        Louis Knevett        35199          Newhaven and Seaford


Anchor

RANKSail NosClassHELMCREWCLUBTotalRACE 1RACE 2RACE 3RACE 4NET
117501
Clive Jackson
Papercourt SC8.02.01.0(3.0)2.05.0
246290
Jonathan Hewat
Medway YC14.03.03.02.0(6.0)8.0
346278
Ollie Machell
Papercourt SC18.07.02.01.0(8.0)10.0
444942
Charlotte Fenn
Newhaven & Seaford SC24.01.05.05.0(13.0)11.0
545818
Jonty Freeman
Newhaven & Seaford SC25.06.04.0(11.0)4.014.0
635199
Louis Knevett
Newhaven & Seaford SC31.010.0(14.0)6.01.017.0
742004 (46004)
Jack Spence
Papercourt SC34.0(16.0)7.04.07.018.0
846223
Felix Crowther
Queen Mary SC34.0(15.0)6.08.05.019.0
944304
Jo Wicken
Hawley Lake42.012.08.0(19.0)3.023.0
1046321
Sammy Bonella
Papercourt SC43.05.09.010.0(19.0)24.0
1115840
Will Harris
Island Barn Reservoir10.0Papercourt(14.0)13.07.044.0
1245794
Ben Cooper
Bough Beech SC51.04.010.0(20.0)17.031.0
1344954
Dan Fenn
Newhaven & Seaford SC49.08.011.0(18.0)12.031.0
1445266
Caroline Baldwin
Island Barn Reservoir54.09.0(18.0)12.015.036.0
1543126
Jackie Bonella
Papercourt SC56.011.012.0(17.0)16.039.0
1643170
Tom Howard
Island Barn Reservoir56.013.0(17.0)15.011.039.0
1744889
Helen Baldwin
Island Barn Reservoir65.0(21.0)15.09.020.044.0
1828391
James Skulczuk
Medway YC74.023.0(24.0)13.014.050.0
1945770
William Fitz-Gibbon
Queen Mary SC74.020.016.014.0(24.0)50.0
2042086 (46086)
Rachel Harris
Island Barn Reservoir79.018.0(28.0)24.09.051.0
2120884
Will Scott
Island Barn Reservoir77.0(22.0)21.016.018.055.0
2229847
Lucy Harris
Island Barn Reservoir23.0Papercourt17.019.0(23.0)82.0
2344298 (928)
Adam Bermingham
Wilsonian92.019.020.0(28.0)25.064.0
2446221
Angus Couper
Queen Mary SC90.0(24.0)22.022.022.066.0
2545155
Lois Moody
Crawley Mariners97.025.023.021.0(28.0)69.0
2616499
Alistair Smith
Island Barn Reservoir103.0(30.0 DNC)26.026.021.073.0
2743729
Olivia Bentley
Island Barn Reservoir107.027.0(29.0)25.026.078.0
2826963
James Gable
Island Barn Reservoir105.026.025.0(27.0)27.078.0
2941850
Emma Curran
Bough Beech SC113.028.027.0(29.0)29.084.0

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