Excellent Turnout for the TCYC Solo & K1 Open

10/07/2014

A total of 28 boats took to the water for the first joint Solo & K1 Open held by TCYC at Coombe Cellars. In addition to the local boats there were 10 visiting K1s and three visiting Solos making fleets of 14 boats for each class.

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Race Office Don Harrison set a course consisting of a lon beat up the estuary followed by a downwind course with two gybe marks. One of these marks was right in front of the spectators on shore and the blustery conditions kept the spectators entertained as several Solos capsized and various K1s had a "big moment" when hit by gusts at the wrong time.

Both fleets enjoyed close racing in all three races with the strong winds in the first race easing off to give more random light winds in the second race. The final race was held in better conditions but unfortunately a colossal rain shower soaked the competitors and helpers just as the final race was coming to an end.

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The final results for the Solo fleet couldn't have been closer with 1st, 2nd and 3rd places all tying with 9 points. On countback the day was won by Andy Colyer from TCYC with James Stevenson also from TCYC in second place. Third place was taken by Bruce Hattersley from Salcombe Yacht Club.

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The results in the K1 fleet were more clear cut with John Shimell winning the first two races giving him a clear lead over Eddie Holden from TCYC in second place. Third place in the K1 fleet went to Paul Cunningham also of TCYC.

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The success of the event is entirely down the the hard work of a considerable number of helpers whose efforts resulted in a terrific day on the water for the competitors.

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