52 turn out for Dart 18s

At final grand prix event on Poole Harbour

Wednesday October 16th 2002, Author: David Lloyd, Location: United Kingdom
52 boats entered the final Grand Prix event of 2002 at Parkstone YC over the middle weekend of October.

With 25 knots blowing in Poole Bay it was decided to race in Poole harbour for the first day. After a General recall race 1 got away with local boat Drake & Winklhofer leading the way. 'BDO' Norman & Atkinson were in the chasing pack but it was 'TYPHOON' Lloyd & Lloyd who caught the leaders on the final beat to take the gun. TYPHOON suffered gear failure as they crossed the line and missed race 2, which again was very closely fought with 'BDO' , 'MAYGAR' Lloyd & Wilson battling right to the finish but both being overhauled by 'DYSON' Moore & Walton and 'RED INSURANCE' Kernick & Kernick.

Race 3 again saw Drake & Winklhofer lead but this time 'TYPHOON' passed them on the first run and increased their lead to the finish. 'BDO again fnished 3rd.

Sunday dawned with a forecast of SE gale force 8-9 imminant. The race officer went for a prompt start to try to beat it and get one race in. Only half the fleet went afloat in the SE 6 that was now blowing. 'TYPHOON' led from start to finish, revelling in the now Gale conditions,and winning the event overall.

The windward mark was set in the lee of Brownsea Island, allowing boats to bear off on to the run with a much lessened chance of pitchpolling. As the race continued the wind increased and was shortened to 2 laps. Second was Sherwood & Sherwood and third 'RED INSURANCE 2' - Smith & Phipps. Only 9 boats finished with many others being washed up on the shores of the harbour. The tally system did its job and everyone was accounted for in short time, although it took a little longer to tow all the boats back to the club. Damage was mainly torn sails with two boats breaking masts .

Results

1st 'TYPHOON' 7724 David & Samantha-Jayne Lloyd Stokes Bay S C 3 pts
2nd 'BDO' 7722 Dan Norman & Sally Atkinson Sheppy Y C 9pts
3rd 7425 Bryan Drake & Suzanne Winklhofer Parkstone Y C 11pts
4th 'RED INSURANCE' 7738 Alan & Fiona Kernick Stokes Bay S C 15pts
5th 'LA VELA' 7699 Marco Manganelli & Jo Downer Stokes Bay S C 16pts
6th 'MAYGAR' 7737 Peter Wilson & Graham Lloyd Rutland S C 20pts
7th 'CIC BANQUE SCALBERT DUPONT' 7710 Herve Le Maux & Joanna Jones-Pierce Le Touquet 21pts
8th 'SCRAWNY FROG' 7677 Lawrie Draper & Estelle Derville Stokes Bay S C 22pts

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