Papercourt Open Meeting

27 April 2014

This was sailed on Sunday 27 April in a light and fluctuating breeze, which fortunately was never quite reduced to a drifter.

Papercourt made the fleet, which just failed to make double figures, most welcome and the friendly event included a parallel event for Wanderers.

The OOD made light of a difficult job and set a good figure of eight course with two beats and numerous laps. Race 1 was dominated from start to finish by Richard Ham sailing under the Tollesbury burgee. He was only challenged once by Richard Lord and Hannah Rose at the second windward mark – but that quickly faded as they tried to round the mark the wrong way. James Ward and Richard Whitehill obviously suffering from dizziness dropped from second to third as they pirouetted following an incident with a Wanderer round the last mark – he just stopped in front of me said James. David Innes and Steve Brown benefited from this to sneak into third.

Race 2 and David has a cunning plan – he changed crew. It did not work as he was squeezed out at the first windward mark by Richard L and Hannah who went on to win comfortably.

Race 3 and Richard H was first out of the trap leading for a couple of laps till Richard L got the lucky wind shift and sailed through to a lead which was never challenged. Much place changing throughout the race for other podium positions with Andy Wadsworth and Helen Allen taking silver.


Thus after something of a disaster at their home Open, Welsh Harp sailors took two of the medal positions with Richard & Hannah winning and Andy & Helen third. Second was Richard Ham. Congratulations to Paercourt for an excellent event – particularly the OOD under trying conditions and the caterers, Jackie and Caroline, for a superb lunch.

Richard L

Race results and photos from David Innes

Sail no. Helm Crew Boat Name Club 1 2 3  To count Overall
14102 Richard Lord Hannah Rose   Welsh Harp SC 4 1 1 2 1st
13866 Richard Ham  Jack Hardie    Welsh Harp SC/Frensham  1 2 3 3 2nd
13421  Andy Wadsworth Helen Allen    Welsh Harp SC 5 3 2 5 3rd
14020 David Innes Steve Browne/Jon Denyer Jaldi Jaldi Frensham Pond SC/Leign On Sea 2 5 4 6 4th
13316 James Ward Richard Whitehill Scooby Doo Papercourt SC 3 4 5 7 5th
    David Keep    Papercourt SC 8 6 6 12 6th
    S chapman   Papercourt SC  7 7 7 14 7th
14049 Barry Bennett Helen Bennett   Papercourt SC 6 DNS DNS 15 8th