Light winds plagued the first day of the Scorpion Open at Notts County Sailing Club. There were 26 entries from as far south as Northampton and Chew Valley, west to Llandudno and north to Sheffield. The wind was fickle, and switching, however it did eventually settle down and William Jeffcote soon had the fleet under way on a short course, in case the wind dropped.
The first two races where started in quick succession with Tom Gilllard and Rachel Rhodes from Staunton & Sheffield Viking taking the first two races, giving them an overnight lead. There were no clear winners on the first day, Peter Gray & Andy Davies from Staunton Harold SC won the final race and were a point behind the overnight leaders. Tom Jeffcote and Him Hartley (RYA) also won a race. The first lady and 6th overall was the first home club scorpion with Nadiian Lincoln & Chris Holt sailing. So it was all to play for, but not before some fun and games with boats on string in the evening after a roast dinner courtesy of Pauline the club caterer.
Sunday promised some wind and rain, the wind certainly happened at times, but for most of the racing it was sunny. The race officer laid several courses, changing on most races to make the best of the conditions. There where some good reaches and runs when the win blew, and the odd capsize. The racing between the top two was close With Peter Gray winning taking two firsts, beating the overnight leaders by a point. Third was Andy McGee and Steve Graham. First lady and junior was Chloe Willars (9th o/a).
1st Peter Gray & Andy Davis (Staunton Harold SC), 2nd Tom Gillard and Rach Rhodes (Staunton & Sheffield Viking), 3rd Andy McKee and Steve Graham (Northampton SC), 4th Tom Jeffcote and Tim Hartley (RYA), 5th Steve Walker and Jerry Hannabus (Pennine), 6th Nigel Potter and Simon Hibbert (Notts County SC), 1st Junior (and Lady) 9th Chloe Willars and John Talby (Notts County SC)
Some photos from Saturday