Supported Event - Burghfield SC Open - October 23rd
We were back at Burghfield as the open in April was rescheduled due to a lack of wind...
This time there was wind blowing which turned out to be up and down all day from force 2 to force 4 from the South West which allowed for beat to be sailed the length of the lake.
11 Blazes, 3 of them visiting, started the first race with the fleet splitting up the first beat. Mike Lyons, Simon Beddows and Nick Creak went left while the rest lead by Alastair Barbrook went right. Mike rounded first followed by Alastair 2nd and Simon 3rd. After the first downwind Mike and Alastair were well clear while there was battle between Nick and Simon for 3rd as well as in the pack. The wind eased slightly which benefitted Simon who then closed in on the battle between Alastair and Mike. Mike Lyons held onto his lead defending any attack from Alastair and Simon to win race one, with Simon Beddows second and Alastair Barbrook 3rd.
After lunch races 2 and 3 were sailed back to back. There was a change in course so instead of along run, it was shortened with a wing mark to sail after the windward to make more reaching which the Blaze likes. Race 2 resulted in the same finishing order with Mike Lyons first, Simon Beddows 2nd and Alastair Barbrook third.
Eight blazes stayed out for race 3. Mike Lyons got himself caught up in the pack so was not to sail off into the distance from the start. The fleet was all within a few boat lengths at the first windward mark with Simon Beddows rounding first and Nick Creak in Second. Simon sailed ahead, but Mike was not held back for too long as he soon broke through the fleet. Mike caught up with Simon who had a great battle to the end of the race. Mike won the last race with Simon second. With the wind shifting around up the beat Bob Yates almost came in third having past Nick who was in third place most of the race, but fortunately for Nick, Bobs luck ran out as he lost the breeze which allowed Nick to cross the line in 3rd.
The event was won by Mike Lyons (Burghfield SC) ,
Simon Beddows 2nd (Burghfield SC),
Alastair Barbrook 3rd (Burghfield SC)
and Nick Creak 4th (Hamble River SC)