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2022 Results

Unfortunately Llandudno was cancelled due to strong winds, and only 1 boat raced at Felpham, again due to strong winds. However the nationals and inlands were both well attended.

The travellers series was scored on the best 3 results, making Peter Blackman the overall winner.

Sail No.HelmClub Felpham Lee on the Solent
Leigh & Lowton
463Peter BlackmanBurghfield32271
455Kathryn ClarkLee on the Solent363122
453Phil KempPevensey Bay77303
413Iain WilkinsonLeigh & Lowton1334
464Ian MorganNetley1334
464Kevin ClarkLee on the Solent1334
462Richard BrownGreat Yarmouth & Gorleston3357
405David CraddockThorney Island3357
445Greg AldredGlossop4369
419Jack TurnbullRedoubt4369
440Paul NixGlossop53711
401Trevor TaylorWarsash53711
456Martin TubbLeigh & Lowton63813
407Keith FisherCalshot84014
450Martin HutchingsWarsash94115
Sail No.HelmClub Felpham Lee on the Solent
Leigh & Lowton

Leigh and Lowton Inlands

The 2022 Solution Inlands was very much a game of musical places. The first race was a taste of things to come, with almost everyone taking a turn in almost every position in the fleet. Except Peter Blackman. Peter refused to join the game with everyone else and led from start to finish. When the music stopped at the end of race 1, Paul “Basher” Nix was in 2nd and Phil Kemp took 3rd place.

After lunch, the place changing continued. Kathryn Clark, who was called back for being overkeen on the start line, steadily worked her way up to 1st, with local boy Iain Wilkinson hard on her heels in 2nd and Peter Blackman finding his worst position of the weekend in 3rd. By the third race, newcomer to the fleet Greg Aldred found his feet and took his place as race winner. Peter Blackman was 2nd and Iain Wilkinson took 3rd this time.

Another short break and the decision was taken to squeeze in a fourth race on Saturday afternoon as the Sunday forecast wasn’t so favourable. Kathryn Clark led throughout the race only to be pipped to 1st place on the finish line by Iain Wilkinson. Peter Blackman took 3rd, just ahead of Greg Aldred. With a different winner for each race, only 3 points separated the top 4 positions overnight.

Over a delicious homemade curry on Saturday night, the close results made it all the more important that Greg was made aware of the 3rd-place rule (spoiler alert – whoever finishes 3rd overall has to write the race report!). A friendly quiz followed which was won by a team of Europe sailors including Phil Kemp’s brother Faz; Phil assures us that his brother probably cheated and the moral victory is claimed by Team Solution who finished 2nd. The victors shared the chocolates with the whole room so any cheating was promptly forgiven!

It appears that Greg took the 3rd place rule warnings to heart as he took steps on Sunday morning to make sure that he didn’t end up in third overall. That left Iain Wilkinson, Peter Blackman and Kathryn Clark battling in the top 3 positions for both races. Martin Tubb made his presence known with the front pack as well, and Kathryn toyed with letting him through – until a bit of mental arithmetic confirmed it wouldn’t help her shake off the dreaded 3rd place. Iain took the fifth race from Peter with Kathryn in 3rd meaning any one of them could win the championship with the last race. In the end, it was Iain who took the honours, while Peter’s consistency over the weekend meant Kathryn’s 2nd place wasn’t enough to squeeze past him in the overall rankings.

Peter’s 2nd in the Inlands was enough to secure him the 2022 Travellers Trophy.

Thanks go to RO Gareth Williams and the whole team at LLSC, and to JJ Boats and Morgan Sails for providing the prizes.

PositionSail No.HelmClubPoints
1413Iain WilkinsonLeigh & Lowton8
2463Peter BlackmanBurghfield11
3455Kathryn ClarkLee on the Solent12
4445Greg AldredGlossop23
5440Paul NixGlossop24
6456Martin TubbLeigh & Lowton24
7453Phil KempPevensey Bay26

Report: Kathryn Clark

Prize Winners

Lee on the Solent Nationals

Sponsored by JJ Boats and Bainbridge International.

With the forecast threatening light and variable winds for the whole weekend there was actually a pleasant breeze for most of the races thus allowing a full six race programme to be completed.

Race 1-3 were completed on Saturday. With variable winds between f2-3 the race officers and assistants were kept busy trying to keep the courses sailable. A traditional Olympic course of triangle sausage made this task even more challenging but they rose to the challenge to achieve three decent length races which allowed the competitors a chance to challenge themselves and others.

Places changed throughout the day except at the front where Ian Morgan, the Solution's new sailmaker, lead the fleet scoring three 1st's. Peter Blackman lying in second and third being held by three competitors only 1 point behind Peter.

Day two saw a 180 degree change in wind direction but no more strength than day 1. With points needed by all the sailors to catch Ian, the starts were highly contested and with no one knowing the way the shifts would go, a lottery or skilful sailing was needed. Race 4 saw Richard Brown lead from start to finish but it was close with the pack ending only seconds behind. Race 5 saw Ian Morgan return to form to claim another win, Jack Turnbull just overtaking Richard Brown on the beat to the line claiming 2nd. This meant that Ian had secured the regatta win but the following places were far from decided. Race 6 was sailed in light winds and saw several positions swapped through the 45 minute race.

A big thanks to the Lee on the Solent SC Race Team, beach crew and caterers. Also to all the competitors who competed in testing conditions to make the regatta happen.

PositionSail No.HelmClubPoints
1464Ian MorganNetley5
2463Peter BlackmanBurghfield13
3462Richard BrownGreat Yarmouth & Gorleston14
4419Jack TurnbullRedoubt14
5401Trevor TaylorWarsash25
6455Kathryn ClarkLee on the Solent26
7453Phil KempPevensey Bay31
8407Keith FisherCalshot35
9450Martin HutchingsWarsash42

Report: Richard Brown