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Hunts Open Meeting – Report and Results

On the 22nd October 8 D-Zeros gathered at Hunts SC in Cambridgeshire for the penultimate meeting in the travellers series. 6 locals were joined by 2 visitors from Stewartby and Grafham. The day dawned bright and with the promise of a good breeze.

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 PRO David Cronk set a course that used the majority of the lake giving 2 good beats, a mix of reaching angle and a long run.

Race one saw locals Paul Jefferies and Jon Cowper show the fleet a clean pair of heels up the first beat with Colin Clasper rounding in 3rd. The gap between the top 2 fluctuated a bit but Paul extended away slowly to have a good lead by the finish with Jon coming home second and Colin keeping his nose clean for 3rd.

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After a break for lunch and chat in the sunshine it was back out for 2 more races back to back. The wind was holding up nicely but a few holes were appearing to catch out the unwary. At the front it was business as usual with Paul and Jon leading round the windward mark with a gaggle of boats a short distance behind. The slightly lighter winds seemed to favour Jon and he was fighting hard for the lead for the first lap and a half until Paul slipped away to hold a handy lead by the gun with another local Ed Deacon completing the podium. 

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Having sealed the meeting Paul could have taken an early shower but decided to stay out for the 3rd race to enjoy the fun. With the wind starting to drop as forecast it was a chance for others to challenge at the front. The start was keenly contested with Paul being the furthest down the line but hitting the line at speed soon had him moving ahead. The race settled into a familiar pattern with Jon and Paul escaping off the front leaving a 4 way scrap behind between Colin, Ed, Gary Tompkins and Joe Constable for 3rd. Whoever out of Colin and Ed took 3rd would take the final podium spot at the meeting. Colin sailed a great final beat to just sneak over the line in front of Ed handing him 3rd place overall.

Photo copyright Helen Bailey

In the final race Rachael Clubb (1st Lady overall), sailing her new boat, was in touching distance of the fleet and seems to be getting up to speed nicely with Kath Gerighty not too far behind in her first outing in a borrowed boat, the usual D-Zero grin was clearly in evidence!

At prize giving Paul thanked all the volunteers who made the event possible and the D-Zero sailors for supporting the event.

The next event is this coming weekend at Ogston and is the final event on the calendar for the class with the Sailjuice Winter Series starting in a few weeks.

Full Results:

1stGBR74Hunts SCPaul Jefferies(1.0)
2ndGBR42Hunts SCJon Cowper(2.0)
3rdGBR152Stewartby WatersportsColin Clasper3.0(6.0)3.06.0
4thGBR122Hunts SCEd Deacon(5.0)
5thGBR158Hunts SCGary Tompkins4.0(5.0)5.09.0
6thGBR8Grafham Water SCJoe Constable(9.0 RET)
7thGBR359Hunts SCRachael Clubb6.0(7.0)7.013.0
8thGBR115Hunts SCKath Gerighty(9.0 DNC)

Hunts SC Open – NoR

The penultimate event of the 2022 D-Zero Travellers series is almost upon us.

On the 22ns October at Hunts SC in Cambridgeshire who now boast a home fleet of 13. This venue has always been a great leveller! Former Inland and National champions often find themselves back in the fleet with local knowledge and a good dose of luck often the key to doing well!

Basic detail are:

First Race 11:00
Break for lunch (we are very civilised)
2 more races back to back
Best 2 scores to count
£10 entry fee

The full NoR can be found here: https://huntssc.org.uk/index.php/sailing/open-meetings

The Surrey Copper Distillery Hunts D-Zero Open

On the 9th October 2021 Hunts SC, home of class chair Paul Jefferies, finally got to hold a D-Zero open meeting. After the meeting was scuppered by weed in 2019 and Covid in 2020 this year looked like it should be a good event. With generous sopnsorship from The Surrey Copper Distllery company what could go wrong?

Well it seems like the wind gods didn’t get the order for a nice F3-4 all day. The Sun gods did and once the wind cleared it was a glorious autumnal day but with very light winds.

Sadly this deterred any visitors, it seems a nice bottle of gin does not tempt people to travel…

6 locals did turn out though and, after a short delay, race 1 started in a zephyr. Jon Copwer made the best start and led by a small margin at the windward mark with the remaining 4 boats a fair way behind. Jon then decided to stop on the next leg and leg Paul drift slowly around him to a lead he never looked like losing despite the wind zehpyrs coming from random directions. At the gun it was Paul from Jon with Gary putting his light airs skills to good use to come home 3rd.

Race 2 Jon again got a good start and, in the best breeze of the day, did a horizon job leaving the rest of us to battle things out. Gary held second for a while, Paul fought back through, then Abby decided she fancied getting in on the action. It was snakes and ladders for the entire race with Paul eventually managing to sneak past Gary to take second with Kevin, Abby and Will coming down the last leg in a slow moving raft.

Was that to be it? Would Paul lose on countback again? It would appear not at Race Office John Coppenhall decided we had not had enough and took us back out to try and get a third race in. The meeting would be decided on which of the front 2 crossed the line first. Jon didn’t help himself by managing to be early and hit the pin mark. Advantage Paul. The wind had other ideas though with Gary and Will finding the merest breath to carry them to the windward mark, Abby in 3rd, Paul behind and Jon plum last. Abby left a huge gap at the mark letting Paul in to put a boat between him and Jon. Will decided to stop, then reverse on the next leg giving Paul another place to set off and try to chase down Gary. Jon managed to sneak past both Abby and Will and was hot on the transom of Paul. Over the next lap Gary kept his lead using his light air skills to good effect. Jon just couldn’t get on terms with Paul. On the penultimate leg Gary made a mistake sailing off free and Paul managed to get another of the zehpyrs to carry him past into the lead. Just the final leg to go. Paul managed to hold on down the final leg despite the wind doing circles to take the gun by less than a boat length from Gary with a fast closing Jon claiming 3rd.

This gave Paul the meeting from Jon and Gary with Abby being the first lady.

In the warm Autumn sunshine Paul thanked the sponsor and all the volunteers for their time and effort to get the meeting run despite the conditions.

The Surrey Copper Distillery Hunts SC D-Zero Open – 9th October

9th October 2021 sees the Hunts D-Zero Open which is sponsored by The Surrey Copper Distillery. With a good home fleet and plenty of local boats who like to travel there should be a good turnout.

Known as a good leveller being small inland gravel pit why not come and pit yourself against the likes of 2020 Inland Champion (and 2021 runner up) Gavin Fleming and class chair Paul Jefferies who will be getting his new boat wet.

The club is now fully open and we look forward to welcoming you.

Details for the day are:

First race: 11:00

Number of races: 3 with best 2 to count

Entry fee: £10

Open Meeting Sailing instructions can be found by clicking here.

Visitors are welcome to stay and join the club racing on Sunday.

Hunts Open meeting – change of date and sponsor announcement

As you may have seen Hunts SC have taken the difficult decision to postpone the open meeting. The new date for your diary is 9th November 2019.

It is not all bad news though as we have secured a sponsor in the form of The Surrey Copper Distillery who have generously given us several bottles of their excellent Gin as prizes for the event. Many thanks to them and do surf on over to their web site and take a look around at what they have to offer.

The racing schedule on the day is 10:30 for the first start, second race back to back. a break for lunch then the final race with prize giving shortly after.

The Jefferies B&B will be open for people travelling if they wish to come up the Friday evening or stay the Saturday night. Contact the Class Chair to book yourself in.

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