Hampton Sailing Club Enterprise Open
Sunday 15th September 2019
Hot sunny day with a light WSW breeze and some irritating twitches in it welcomed our open. We had 10 local boats and one visitor from Littleton Sailing Club out. Race Officers Richard Page and Commodore Kevin set a long upriver course to a mark in the channel off Thorneycroft Island and down river to a mark off Garricks Temple.
The first race saw Christopher Parker and crew Michaela (HSC) fly away into a considerable lead followed by our visitor Ed Pepper and crew El Roberts and then Ian Peerless and Sawyer. The HSC fleet captain hit another boat, nearly capsized, was saved by agile crew, got lots of water in and then did turns. There was very close racing at the front and with some almost windless areas Christopher was caught by Ed and then Philip Chambers crewed by Alexandra Parker. Most of our boats were crewed by young people who have only recently joined the club and they were excellent.
After a nice lunch the second race started at 1.30pm with a shorter course upriver. Christopher and Michaela had a perfect start and though chased closely by Sophie Peerless (youth) and Jane Chambers, followed by Ed, he was never caught.
After a quick break, well needed because it was very hot, the third race was held with four possible winners Ed, Chris, Sophie and Philip. The latter did not start due to exhaustion leaving three to fight it out. Ed had a flying start, tacking onto port on the line and leaving the fleet behind and was never caught. Chris and Sophie had a tight contest until the very last few metres Sophie stole it by half a boats length.
1st E21500 Ed Pepper and El Roberts Littleton SC, 2nd E17075 Christopher Parker and Michaela Parker, 3rd E23162 Sophie Peerless and Jane Chambers.
Thames Valley Enterprise River Series Trophy Ed and El, Ladies Cup Sophie and Jane, Youth Cup Ben Peerless. All youth taking part were rewarded with smarties!
Philip Chambers Fleet Captain.