Eighteen Ents Engulf Earlswood!

Visitors dominate the Double Chine Enterprise Open meeting at the weekend;-

Earlswood Lake Sailing Club – 22 May 2005


Two boats from Midland joined 5 other visitors and 11 home boats for the Earlswood Lakes open meeting on Sunday. Race 1 got underway in fairly light conditions and all was looking good for team Smith/Smith who led from the start for the first two thirds of the race, but the shifty conditions on this very restricted water got the better of them and they dropped from 1st to 5th, in a very closely fought battle into the top mark on the last lap. Clawing their way back up to finish 3rd, Steve Graham and Chessie Saunders from Hollowell taking the win and Mike Cossey and Christine Barron from Tamworth 2nd, Martin and Laurens Davies from Rugby in 4th and Paul and Ali just behind in 5th.


The same pattern prevailed for race 2 as the wind built and the odd squall came through, except this time it was Paul and Ali’s turn to lead from the start, only to drop back when it mattered. Team Smith was in contention for another top 5 finish, but for a monster backer, a cleated jib and a short swim. The finishing order being Martin and Laurens, Steve and Chessie, Paul and Ali, Mike and Christine.


2 Minutes before the start of race 3, the wind had picked up considerably and swung round, favouring a port end flyer. Team Smith decided to go for it only to find that the wind came back and with 15 seconds to go, found nowhere to go but behind the fleet. Paul and Ali’s more conservative approach saw them out of the blocks and into the lead once again, only to be overtaken once more. Forced to adopt an uncharacteristically aggressive approach, team Smith got on the wrong end of a port/starboard incident and were forced to do turns, only to catch the same guy up and hit him again, this time at the gybe mark.


Ah well! The early promise did not amount to much but we had a great day’s sailing, got very wet in the downpour and learnt a bit more.


Final positions were:-


1st        Martin and Laurens Davies                             Rugby SC                               2 pts

2nd       Steve Graham and Chessie Saunders          Hollowell SC                            3 pts

3rd        Mike Cossey and Christine Barron                 Tamworth SC                         4 pts

4th        Paul Young and Alison Torrens                      Brookvale SC                          7 pts

5th        Ian Smith and Chris Smith                              Midland SC                              8 pts

6th        Graham Bentley and Janet Butroid                 Earlswood Lakes SC              12 pt