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Topper Open September 2009

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  • ISLAND BARN TOPPER OPEN

    SOUTH EAST TRAVELLER 13

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    Light winds lead to more controversy than all other conditions.

    Should we race or not? Big wind shifts. Illegal propulsion. Time limits. All elements that we would all rather avoid but which we all face from time to time. This Traveller was one of those days. A wind that alternated between flat calm and faint puffs and round the clock shifts converting well laid starting lines to dead runs in the last two minutes of a starting sequence. These were the ingredients handed out to the sailors and race officer.

    Fortunately enthusiasm abounded on all sides.

    The first race started in the day's worst conditions, with a running start followed by a flat calm. A full array of illegal propulsion techniques were on display and the race officer abandoned the race - a decision that was not without controversy. The abandonment was unfortunate to newcomer-to-the fleet Harnish Streeter, from Hayling Island, who was leading at the time.

    After lunch the puffs were stronger, lasted longer and were fairly constant in direction. Bliss.

    3 one-lap races were completed before the reservoir returned to a mirror like state.

    The result of South East Traveller Series would be decided at this meeting. Clive Jackson needed a good result to win the Series.

    He started badly. Over at the pin end, he needed to round the end to honour the I flag. Felix Crowther from Queen Mary made an excellent start, read the shifts well, rounded the windward mark first and maintained his lead to the finish. James Skulczuk from Medway held off Harnish Streeter to take second.

    Jackson stopped the rot in Race 2, made a perfect pin end start and led from start to finish. Oliver Machell from Papercourt was second, while Harnish Streeter scored another third.

    With one race remaining any of the first five could win the event. Harnish Streeter started brilliantly at the pin end and picked up the left hand breeze, which took him to the windward mark in first place, which he held to the finish. With a discard, this gave him 4 points. Jackson was on 7 points prior to the last race, but with a 6 to discard if he finished well. Felix Crowther gave him a good tussle on the beat and continued to hustle on the run. But Jackson held on to his second to score 3 points overall and take the day.

    Harnish Streeter tied for second overall with Felix Crowther, both on 4 points, but Streeter's last-race first broke the tie.

    So Jackson converted his shaky start into victory and thus took the South East Traveller Trophy. He is probably the only adult to achieve this in recent years, and what is more, he did so in an old boat.

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    RANKSail NosClassHELMCREWCLUBNotesRACE 1RACE 2RACE 3RACE 4NET
    117501
    Clive Jackson
    Papercourt SC
    (6)1213.0
    246702
    Hamish Streeter
    HISC
    (3)6124.0
    346223
    Felix Crowther
    Queen Mary
    1(8)334.0
    446278
    Oliver Machell
    Papercourt SC
    43(5)46.0
    528391
    James Skulczuk
    Medway/BVSC
    29(20)58.0
    646462
    Rebecca Clarke
    Papercourt SC
    (8)7468.0
    746221
    Angus Couper
    Queen Mary
    (7)106713.0
    846305
    Tom Howard
    Island Barn Reservoir
    512(DNC)014.0
    945614
    Imogen Smith
    Bough Beech Sailing Club
    (16)157919.0
    1045770
    William Fitz-Gibbon
    Queen Mary
    9(16)121021.0
    1146257
    Callum Tolley
    Papercourt SC
    1214(DNC)1123.0
    1241388
    Daniel Archer
    BVSC
    (24)11161224.0
    1334025
    Michael Calvert
    KSSA Salcombe YC
    14(19)101324.0
    144889
    Alex Storey
    Island Barn Reservoir
    13(31)111424.0
    1512337
    James Curtis
    Island Barn Reservoir
    18(27)81526.0
    1620884
    Will Scott
    Island Barn Reservoir
    (17)2091626.0
    17???
    Nicolas Houchois
    Wimbledon Park/ Island Barn
    (30)13171727.0
    1846639
    Lucy Gates
    Queen Mary
    (20)18141829.0
    1942086
    Lucy Harris
    Papercourt SC
    (21)17151929.0
    209066
    Nancy Scott
    Island Barn Reservoir
    11(23)192030.0
    2116499
    Alistair Smith
    Island Barn Reservoir
    10(30)212131.0
    2244348
    Kathryn Webb
    Wimbledon Park/ Island Barn
    1921(DNC)2237.0
    2336577
    Alex Geal
    Parkstone Yacht Club
    1532(30)2344.0
    2444510
    Louis Wyborn
    Island Barn Reservoir
    (34)29182444.0
    2546212
    Alex Marshall
    Island Barn Reservoir
    32(36)132545.0
    2617724
    Alice Cook
    Papercourt SC
    (27)22262645.0
    2743686
    Teresa Franz
    Papercourt SC
    (23)26232746.0
    2845159
    Rachel Harris
    Papercourt SC
    2624(32)2847.0
    2919176
    Syd Mclean
    LSC47.0HISC2228(28)29
    3045594
    Zac Jopling
    Queen Mary
    (33)25273049.0
    3143685
    Anna Lucas-Clements
    Papercourt SC
    28(35)243152.0
    3233515
    Harry White
    Island Barn Reservoir
    31(37)223253.0
    3324272
    James Cole
    Queen Mary
    25RDGa(31)NA53.0
    34874
    Frederik Scheske
    Queen Mary
    29(34)253454.0
    3546213
    Nick Marshall
    Island Barn Reservoir
    (35)33293559.0
    3644318
    George Woolhouse
    Wimbledon Park/ Island Barn
    (DNC)DNCDNC3674.0

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