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PRACC 4 & Taplin Trophy- Short Report

May 14, 2013

Report by David Munro

At short notice we had to move the event to our venue at Longham due to the rapid appearance of weed in our Poole lake.  This pleased some skippers but not others as launching A boats at Longham can prove something of a challenge.  However a number of skippers donned wellies and launched from the slipway which seemed to make life a lot easier rather than battling on the floating jetty with a large heavy A boat in your hands and the wind in your face.

PRACC4 2013

Photo by Mike Millard

The day started with 10 mph winds from a direction just north of west.  This allowed a course to be set parallel to the right hand bank.  Unfortunately as the day went on the became more and more south westerly and by the time racing finished we were sailing away from the shore from the other bank.  This provides a challenge of eyesight to skippers, particularly at the windward end of the course and it is not helped with the control area being set 20 yards or so back from the edge of the lake.  Throughout the day the wind also strengthened causing some to change to smaller sails.  13 races were sailed in all with all 15 boats on the water and at the end of the day Peter Wiles managed to put together a convincing win from Dave Andrews and Vernon Appleton in 3rd place.

Next weekend is PRACC 5 at Coalhouse Fort and we then wait until the 30th June at Bartley Green which is preceded on Saturday 29th with the RA Veterans National Championships.

Cheers

David

Results:

No. Skipper Sail Tot Posn
1 Peter Wiles 59 16 1
2 Dave Andrews 13 23 2
3 Vernon Appleton 36 35 3
4 Robbie Nevitt 97 49 4
5 Richard Uttley 25 57 5
6 John White 09 60 6
7 David Munro 03 72 7
8 Ray Steele 74 82 8
9 Chris Durant 11 97 9
10 Phillip Wiles 79 117 10
11 John Smith 30 118 11
12 Alan Oxlade 85 136 12
13 Ian Davies 44 143 13
14 Paul Wilson 136 151 14
15 Alan Southwell 69 167 15

More photos by Mike Millard HERE

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