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- Andy Anderson - (Normally seen in his Solo)
- Matt Bowden - (Normally seen in his yellow Laser Radial)
- Paul Carrington - (Normally in a Fireball or Streaker)
- Tori Carrington - (Normally seen in Toppers, Laser Radials or Fireballs)
- Pat Overs – (Normally seen in a Solo or SigneT)
- Gareth Russell – (Normally seen in his Lark, Flying Dutchman or Moth)
- John Stanness - (Normally seen in his Solo)
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Special Races – 19th June 2011
With the club adorned in bunting, balloons and flags, Paxton took part in the nationwide campaign for ‘Sail for Gold’, with a series of “special” races, on the 19th June 2011. With a moderate to strong wind blowing 8 competitors, including both juniors and seniors, participated. With the prospects of medals being awarded at the end of the day, everyone threw themselves into the day enthusiastically.
To begin with, an ordinary pursuit race was sailed, the “special” part of this race being that all competitors had to start on the bank with dry feet. After some comical starts, Andy Anderson in his Solo predictably finished in first place but with everyone else close behind.
After a lunch break, a series of 3, high energy fifteen minute races, on a small course right in front of the club house provided great entertainment for the spectators. Yet again, Andy Anderson came out on top. However, there had been a shake-up of results further down the score sheet, with Bobby Martin and Matthew Bowden in lasers switching places.
The final race was another pursuit race but with another twist – personal handicaps were enforced. This gave the slowest boat (Andy Martin in a RS Terra Sport) a 9 minute lead on all other boats and left Andy Anderson starting some 25 minutes after start gun. The personal handicaps were very well calculated and produced an exciting conclusion to the race. The boats were all closing up for a photo finish but the wind dropped in the dying minutes of the race. Andy Martin sailed well taking full advantage of his head start so that he finished first with Tori close behind. This shot Andy Martin up the leader board when the double points were awarded but left Andy Anderson with a handful of points. The final results were as follows:
1st Tori Carirngton - Topper
2nd Paul Carrington - Streaker
4th Simon Leonard - Laser
5th Andy Martin - RS Tera
6th Joe Sharp - Bosun
7th Bobby Martin - Laser
8th Matt Bowden - Laser
Well done to all who took part and a special thank you to Gareth for organising a very enjoyable day!
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The first race only saw the 2 Solo's finish in testing conditions with Pat Overs winning with Andy Anderson in 2nd place. The 2nd race started after lunch but with everyone very tired after the 1st race the Single Handed Fleet was reduced. After 40 mins there was only Bobby Martin still sailing so the race officer sensibly decided to abandon the race.
So that left the results from race 1 to provide the overall scores which gave Pat Overs the Solo Cup and the Single Handed Cup not awarded.
David New took the following photos to give you an idea of the conditions.
More pictures after the link