Scorpion End-of-Seasons’ Open Meeting at Notts County SC 05-06 October 2019

Light winds plagued the first day of the Scorpion Open at Notts County Sailing Club over the weekend of 5/6th October. There were 26 entries from as far south as Northampton and Chew Valley, west to Llandudno and north to Sheffield.

On Saturday the light wind was fickle, switching direction and strength, however it did eventually settle down and William Jeffcote soon had the fleet under way on a short course, in case the wind dropped.

The first two races where started in quick succession with Tom Gillard and Rachel Rhodes from Staunton & Sheffield Viking taking the first two races, giving them an overnight lead.

Peter Gray & Andy Davies from Staunton Harold SC won the final race and were a point behind the overnight leaders. Tom Jeffcoate and Tim Hartley also won a race. The first lady and sixth overall was the first home club Scorpion with Nadiia Lincoln & Chris Holt from Notts County.

So it was all to play for on Sunday, but not before some fun and games with boats on string in the evening after a roast dinner courtesy of Pauline the club caterer.

Sunday promised some wind and rain, the wind certainly happened at times, but for most of the racing it was sunny.

The race officer changed the course on most races to make the best of the conditions. There where some good reaches and runs when the win blew, along with the odd capsize.

The racing between the top two was close with Peter Gray winning by taking two firsts, beating the overnight leaders by a point. Third was Andy McGee and Steve Graham. First lady and junior was Chloe Willars (ninth overall).

Report and photos © David Eberlin.

More photos on at ncsc.org.uk/2019/10/05/scorpion-open

Overall Results:

Pos Sail No Helm Crew Club R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 Pts
1st 2039 Peter Gray Andy Davis SHSC ‑8 2 2 1 1 3 1 10
2nd 2013 Tom Gillard Rach Rhodes SHSC/ Sheffield Viking 1 1 ‑3 2 2 2 3 11
3rd 2042 Andy McKee Steve Graham Northampton SC 2 3 ‑5 3 3 1 2 14
4th 2023 Tom Jeffcoate Tim Hartley RYA 3 4 1 4 ‑5 5 4 21
5th 2044 Steve Walker Jerry Hannabus Pennine 7 5 ‑9 5 4 4 5 30
6th 1958 Nigel Potter Simon Hibbert NCSC ‑16 13 4 6 7 6 6 42
7th 1933 Peter Rose John Rose Chew Valley 9 6 ‑15 9 8 8 9 49
8th 1964 Matt Potter Alex Piggott NCSC ‑15 11 8 11 10 10 8 58
9th 201 Chloe Willars John Tailby NCSC 13 ‑16 12 7 11 9 7 59
10th 2034 Nigel Pepperdine Simon Forbes SHSC 5 9 6 (OCS) 6 7 DNF 60
11th 2007 Jeff Peters Raife Piggott NCSC ‑14 8 7 14 9 11 11 60
12th 2017 Jon Willars Nicola Willars NCSC 11 12 ‑14 12 12 12 10 69
13th 2037 Dave Snutch Jo Riddell NCSC 6 ‑17 16 16 16 15 12 81
14th 1991 David Bennett Malcolm James Chew Valley ‑20 10 13 17 13 14 14 81
15th 2025 Nadina Lincoln Chris Holt NCSC 4 7 11 8 (DNF) DNF DNC 84
16th 1866 Jake Willars Brad Seaton NCSC 17 ‑20 20 15 14 13 15 94
17th 1947 Richard Jones Phil Roberts Llandudno Sc 12 14 10 10 (DNC) DNC DNC 100
18th 1929 Tony Dunsworth John Wells NCSC 10 19 23 18 17 19 (DNF) 106
19th 1959 Chris Yates Iona 23 15 17 20 15 (DNF) 16 106
20th 2015 Jo Mahy James Harcourt Sutton Bingham SC ‑21 18 18 19 18 16 19 108
21st 1925 Martin Denchfield John Davie SHSC 18 ‑24 24 13 22 21 13 111
22nd 1975 Nick Orgles Lisa Rollin NCSC 22 21 19 ‑23 19 17 18 116
23rd 13 Kevin Nicholls Niki Theo NCSC 19 ‑23 21 21 21 18 17 117
24th 1987 Adrian Jones Viv Weston NCSC 26 26 22 22 23 20 (DNC) 139
25th 1911 Alan Kenyon Isis Bemrose NCSC 25 22 26 24 20 (DNF) DNF 144
26th 1950 Martin Read Sarah Read NCSC 24 25 25 (DNF) DNC DNC DNC 155

Malcolm James

South Cerney SC Gloucester GL7 5TH. Scorpion 2001.

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