Shustoke Bronze Fleet Report

Stuart Allen - 06th November 2006

28 Larks, including 11 Bronze Fleet boats, made the trip to the Midlands this weekend to battle it out for the final event of the 2006 Belle Isle series.

The event was an important one for many who needed to qualify for the series and also for a few more who had a place or two to gian. Not least was the place for top spot which was still up for grabs.

John Crooks & Helen Winwood had a tough job on their hands to get past Stuart & Julia Allen for the title, needing to finish at least 6th and by a clear 6 places to beat them overall. After a good days training on the Saturday (thanks to Chris Biglin, Steve Cumley and SSC) it was all set for Sunday racing.

John & Helen had a spinnaker issue in the first race whilst Stu & Jules had a their best result ever, finishing second on the water. The second race saw the breeze build, however there was not enough for John & Helen to get the better of Stu & Jules who had a fantstic day sailing to finish 7th overall and 1st Bronze Fleet boat.

Tony Hotchkiss got the result he needed to qualify for the Belle Isle and sailed well, finishing in the top five of the final race, to finish second Bronze Fleet for the day and 15th overall. Neil Goodhead brought his son along as crew (who won the Youngest Crew prize), which surely gave him the edge in the light winds finishing 17th overall and 3rd Bronze Fleet boat. Martin & Lucy Evans did their bit to get mixed up at the top end of the main fleet in race 2 & 3, and were rewarded by finishing 18th overall and fourth Bronze Fleet on the day.

Thanks to Shustoke SC for hosting the training day & the final event and for getting the racing underway promtly to get the best of the days breeze.

See you all at the Winters, 25th & 26th of November at Northampton SC. Book your Social tickets through the Winters page or contact John Crooks or Andy Cox.