Notts County Hansa Open 2016
The annual Hansa meeting at Notts County Sailing Club, part of the Northern Series, took place on 20th July 2016. The weather was just about perfect, though a little hot at 28-30’C, there was a pleasant cooling breeze, peaking at 17mph, not only that the thunderstorms held off till the evening.
With thunderstorm forecast this years open didn’t attract as many as normal, but there were still sailors travelling from Dorset, London and other areas. Both the Notts County boats were pressed into action by visitors, but we are hoping after our recent RYA Sailabilty accreditation to have our own sailors in next year. The shifty wind didn’t help David Snutch and team, lots of people helped out including the shore based winch team (of 4 or 5) rigging teams, and of course safety. Everyone started arriving around 8.30 to rig up and of course sample Paulene’s bacon butties.
Notts TV came down to report on the event and the RYA Sailability recognition, a short piece was shown on the 5.30 news, and there is due to be apiece on Sportswear.
Eight boats entered spread amongst Liberty, 203 & 303 classes. After a short pause due to a wind swing the racing got off to a clean start and Notts County’s Joe Taylor took line honors in the Lberty class for the first race. Followed by Chris Emmet from Rutland. The second race was won by Chris Emmet with Tesssa Watkins from Fressham second. Chris then went on to win the next two races giving him victory. Joe was second and third in the races after lunch giving him second overall, Pat Crossley was third.
The two man 303 class was won by the only entrant Martin Hurricane and Dave Owen from New Forest.
The 303 from Tidesway was won by Leslie Philip who won every race.
The club has a good reputation for hosting this event and this year as well the sailors enjoyed their visit and are looking forward to coming again.
After the results were collated and the boats packed away Russ Towns, Notts County Sailing club’s President handed out the prizes.