Warming Pan report and results

Updated - with Peter Slimming's report of proceedings

Tuesday March 11th 2003, Author: Andy Nicholson, Location: United Kingdom
On Saturday, it was blowing 25 knots, with gusts to 30 and more, so we decided to postpone the outside fleets (Int 14, Laser 4000, RS 400), to give a chance to hold their races in the sheltered area round Cat Head at high tide (1400). The first race of the inshore fleet (Merlin, RS 200 and Firefly) was started, with a simple windward/leeward course to Hamble Point, and back upriver to a downwind mark off Port Hamble.

There were several capsizes, but everybody was coping well. During the second lap, the Hamble Harbourmaster's office telephoned the Club, and asked us to bring all boats ashore. It was therefore decided to abandon the race (flags N over A were displayed), and the fleet came safely ashore. It was decided to abandon any racing for the offshore fleets, as the wind was showing no sign of moderating.

As you can imagine, there were mixed views over the rights and wromgs of this situation. Competitors (who anyway are free to decide whether or not to race), were upset thet they were unable to complete the race. Many Club officials felt that shortening course would have been better than immediate abandonment, but the Assistant HM's intervention could not be ignored. Nobody was hurt, and nothing damaged (other than peoples own boats). Discussions were held with the HM during the afternoon, and it was agreed that more consultation was needed in future.

The forecast for Sunday was for more of the same, but mercifully the wind moderated to 15-20 knots, so all fleets were able to sail. The Int 14's proved a bit fragile on the outside courses, so were limited to 2 races, whereas the Laser 4000's and RS 400's managed three races. The inside fleets completed two races without any problems. We ended up with a fine and sunny afternoon !

Considering the dire weather forecasts for the weekend, we were pleasantly surprised with the entry of 61 boats in all - of which the Merlins were the biggest fleet with 16, the 14's had 15 and Fireflies 12.

Provisional Results:

Int 14 Helm Crew Race 3 Race 4 Total
1 Mark Upton Brown Ian Mitchell HISC 1 1 2
2 Tony Dencher Andy Hetherington Netley 3 2 5
3 Matt Larmin Geoff Larmin WW SC 4 3 7
4 Julian Pearson Louise Hickey HRSC 2 16 18
L4000 Helm Crew Club Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Total
1 Mark Cam Susan Winter RAF YC 2 2 1 5
2 Gregg Eaton Helen Kerr Datchet 1 1 5 7
3 George Kingsnorth Roger Shopland BVSC 3 5 5 13
4 Mark Flanders Peter Flanders Parkstone 4 5 5 14
RS400 Helm Crew Club Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Total
1 Phil Jackson Gerard Barron Parkstone 2 1 1 4
2 Nick Craig Keith Redborough Frensham 1 5 2 8
3 Robin Kenyon Toby Lewis HRSC 3 2 3 8
4 Hywel Roberts Mellisa Storey Parkstone 4 3 6 13
5 James Ross Nev Watson HRSC 6 6 5 17
6 Tom Halhead Chris Priest Bristol YC 12 4 4 20
7 J Goodes T Foster Soton Uni 7 7 7 21
8 Stuart Elford Phil Elford Newhaven 9 8 8 25
9 Ben Meakins Nick Purser HRSC 8 9 9 26
10 C Pallot R Fairman Weston 5 12 12 29
Merlin Helm Crew Club Race 3 Race 4 Total
1 Phil King Chris Downham Bowmoor 1 1 2
2 Pat Blake Alex Jackson Cookham 5 3 8
3 William Warren Rachel Cooper Shoreham 7 2 9
4 Will Rainey Jennie King Cookham 3 6 9
5 Dan Alsop Anna Blake Lyme Regis 6 5 11
6 Paul Gilbert Sally Gilbert Ranelagh 8 7 15
7 Simon Blake Linton Jenkins Cookham 2 17 19
8 David W Jill Blake Sustoke 17 4 21
9 Simon Potts Lizzie Pugh Hampton 4 17 21
10 Andrew Mills Eline Mills Sustoke 9 17 26
11 James Davies Lou Johnson Shoreham 10 17 27
RS200 Helm Crew Club Race 3 Race 4 Total
1 Hamish Clader S Rees Jones RH YC 1 1
Firefly Helm Crew Club Race 3 Race 4 Total
1 Ian Sanderson Sally Wilson RL YC 1 1 2
2 Sarah Allan Elinor Haines HRSC 3 2 5
3 Heather Back Sofie Mackley HRSC 4 3 7
4 Bryony Meakins Becky Morgan HRSC 6 4 10
5 Chris Gillard S Hancroft HRSC 5 5 10
6 Jamir Barber Matt Dixon HRSC 7 6 13
7 Richard Thompson Luke Thompson Waldringfield 2 13 15
8 Hamid Thornton Charlotte Gosling HRSC 8 13 21

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