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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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Anchor

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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