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Monday, 17 May 2010

Laser Open 16th of May 2010

In brief: Wind, South West Force 4/5. Dull but fine. Ideal for Laser sailing, at least for the strong men. The Star of the day was undoubtedly Adam Simms, closely followed by Dad John. It was such a pity that our principal visitor was Ian Jones, of Dovestone S.C., who is a most formidable sailor, who, of course, won. Adam and John came 2nd and 3rd. The other lads all did well, but it was very windy, and there was much capsizing.

Full Report:
Race 1. As we have come to expect, Ian Jones, of Dovestone, established an early lead, with a new (and welcome) visitor, Steve Barrett, from Bolton, in hot pursuit. Adam Simms, our up and coming “young sailor”, chasing them. The Simms family must have been trained in relay races, because old Father John eventually showed his local knowledge, wresting second place from the two of them. Pity that he just had to practise his capsize drill half way through the race, allowing young Adam to supplant him, but still finishing nicely at third place.
Race 2. Ian Jones was first away again, but was given a hard race by veteran John Simms and Steve Barrett. This proved a good race for Steve, until he was eventually forced to retire, which fate also befell Adam Simms.

Pete Slingsby, another grizzled ex-Yeadon veteran, utilised his local knowledge to force his way through the fleet to take third place.

Race 3. The wind eased slightly, but its gusty nature continued to take a heavy toll. Adam Simms, perhaps fresher from his enforced respite, got off to a brilliant start, and held the lead until Ian Jones woke up, and took over his rightful place. Pete Slingsby again pushed his way forward, but the years must be taking their toll, and he was eventually replaced by John Simms, who was determined to give of his best today. But as the wind was dying (relatively), it was not possible for him or Adam to catch the leader.

Final placings, 1st Ian Jones(Dovestone), second Adam Simms (Yeadon), and in 3rd place, John Simms (Yeadon).
And what of our local luminaries?

Our rising star Adam Simms (chip off the Old Block?)………..put in a splendid performance (in a tough wind), and but for the presence of the big star from over the border………………..It’s certainly tough at the top!

Old Father Time (sorry, Timms) excelled himself……………and no doubt had trouble getting out of bed on Monday morning.

Mick Bower is getting better all the time, and all he needs is the experience.

Richard Barker was very steady, and did particularly well in the second race.

Daredevil David, (it was his sort of wind) fought well in the middle of the fleet, but your correspondent wonders whether he should be getting to bed earlier on a Saturday night.

Simon Broome improved his performance in the 2nd and 3rd races, so it’s just a matter of time…………..and perhaps concentration?

Well done, lads, on a very windy day!
And don’t forget that Ian Jones keeps getting new boats – that does make a difference!

1. 182990 Ian Jones Dovestone

2. 182623 Adam Simms Yeadon

3. 121822 John Simms “

4. 176533 Steve Barrett Bolton

5. 185701 Pete Slingsby Yorkshire Dales

6. 187091 Ben Mursell “ “

7. 166406 Mick Bower Yeadon

8. 131945 Richard Barker “

9. 197704 Tim Lulce “

10. 160687 David Statman “

11. 196657 Simon Broome “

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