In from Mervyn Cook of Gosport MYBC
19 boats are entered for this year’s Vane A Event, including 7 designs by John Simpson, 6 by Bill Sykes, 4 by Dave Hollom, 1 by Roger Stollery and 1 by Graham Bantock. Displacements vary between 27.5 lbs and 46 lbs. There are 5 boats newly launched this year, three of which didn’t see the water until the Saturday practice day. Today’s breeze started light and fitful, oscillating between the north and the south-west and often doing all of those in the same board! By the afternoon it was a little more settled, and stronger, at a good top suit maximum and making spinnaker runs exciting. Despite that the lightweights didn’t have it all their way in the lighter winds, and similarly the heavyweights found them-selves beaten by the good lightweights in the strong and gusty afternoon sea-breeze.
Five heats were sailed in the day, and at close of play the top boat, with 23 points, were Peter Fothergill and Andy Fernie’s lightweight Hollom. Second with 17 points were Nigel and George Sharp sailing a heavyweight Sykes, and third was Alan Bells superlight Simpson. There were only five points between second and ninth! Tomorrow’s forecast is for stronger underlying breezes, so it’ll continue to be a fascinating show-case for the closeness of racing between the varieties of designs this wonderful class has made possible.
1st Peter Fothergill and Andy Fernie 23 points
2nd Nigel and George Sharp 17 points
3rd Alan Bell 17 points
4th David Bell and Margaret Bell 16 points
5th Mark Dicks 15 points
5th Shaun Wyeth and Graham Wyeth 15 points
5h Lewis Wyeth and Ray Baker 15 points
8th Robert Bell 14 points
9th Rob Vice and C.J. VIce 12 points
9th Jacque Cook and Eric Meighen 12 points
11th Malcolm Eales and Paul Edwards 11 points
12th Martin Roberts and Simon Clarke 10 points
12th Rob Walsh and Tomas Walsh 10 points
14th Anthony Warren and Lester Gilbert 8 points
14th Arjan van der Cingel and Eric van der Cingel 8 points
16th Peter Whiteside and Steve Poole 7 points
16th Damian Ackroyd and John Bush 7 points
18th Derek Priestley joint skipper with John Brooks 6 points
19th Dave Geldard and CJ Vice 2 points
More as we get it.