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The Stone Open Stone this year was a closeted affair with only 6 visiting competitors. Never the less the racing was as close as ever, with places being decided on the last race. Alan Williams and Liz Pike prevailed overall, with Iain Marshal and Harry Cotsgrove second.

The Snipes shared the race course with a laser fleet and raced 6 times over the 2 days. The tide is strong at Stone and the wind angle was such that it provided opportunity to lee bow on starboard tack. There were also large regular shifts towards the middle left of the race course. As the title of this report suggests, the tide also played another factor in the race. I think everyone misjudged the tide and clattered a racing mark at least once (with some amongst us getting rather dizzy..)

We were fortunate to have Richard Marshall on the video duty this weekend. He managed to take some excellent footage of the racing, boat trim and various crews posing. The footage will be posted on the website in the coming weeks and will make for interesting viewing. Look carefully to see the different mark rounding techniques, what a good start looks like, how much rudder people use, forestay tension, kicker and boat trim. For this we must thank Richard and Blackwater Sailing club for the loan of “Monkey Rib”.

Special notes:

Alan Williams and Liz Pike sailed outstandingly well to win 4 of the 6 races. They won the last race by nearly a leg.
Harry Cotsgrove won his first open race while crewing for Iain Marshall.

Rank SailNo Club Helm Name Crew Name R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Total Nett
1st GBR30316 Blue Circle Alan Williams Liz Pike 1 (2) 1 1 2 1 8 6
2nd GBR29501 Blackwater SC Iain Marshall Harry Cotgrove / Monkey (3) 1 2 2 3 2 13 10
3rd GBR28451 Blue Circle Ian Gregory Cécile Munoz 2 3 (4) 3 1 4 17 13
4th GBR29164 Shoreham Sailing Club Ian Knight Anna Greenwood (4) 4 3 4 4 3 22 18
5th GBR29408 Blue Circle Peter Wibrow Caroline Murdoch (5) 5 5 5 5 5 30 25
6th GBR27871 Fishers Green Gavin Surtees Gareth Surtees 6 6 6 6 6 (7DNC) 37 30

Stone is a great sailing venue, one definitely worth travelling to. The facilities at the club are fantastic (great showers), the club are superbly organised and race area is large and unrestricted. In my opinion it is one of the better venues that we race on.

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