Hodgson and Reid dominate

Bank Holiday Laser 4000 racing at Derwent Reservoir

Thursday May 8th 2003, Author: Hugh Watson, Location: United Kingdom
A stiff breeze and a warm welcome awaited the 32 boats from all over the UK who descended upon Derwent Reservoir Sailing Club over the Bank Holiday for the 2nd round of the Laser 4000 Crewsaver UK Series. The story of the racing revolves around one boat as Al Hodgson and Kevin Reed sailed quickly and consistently all weekend and simply never put a foot wrong whilst those around were struggling to find any consistency in the testing conditions. On Saturday when the South westerly breeze fluctuated between 8 and 28 knots with regular (or irregular!) changes of direction they scored 2 firsts and a second to give them a commanding overnight lead which they then consolidated by leading most of the 1st race on Sunday and winning the second to take the series with a race to spare.

The sixth and final race was never sailed as conditions on Sunday were generally windier than Saturday and by the end of the fifth race there were some extremely vicious squalls coming down the course and given the confines of the Lake in a Southerly wind direction the decision to abandon the last race was a sensible and popular one.

Second Place was taken by Hugh and Helen Watson who carried two 3rds and a 14th through into Sunday. A last gasp win in the first race on Sunday was too little to late to be able to put any real pressure onto Hodgson and Reed and a capsize on the first run of the fifth race sealed their fate leaving them with much work to do to salvage second place. Their cause was helped on the last run by a vicious squall which wiped out at least 4 of the boats in front of them allowing them to recover to 5th.

This put them on equal points with Greg Eaton sailing with CC Summerhayes who continued his excellent early season form to take 3rd place. This could so easily have been 2nd as they led most of the first race only to be pipped on the line by Hodgson and Reed and were comfortably leading the 5th race when they capsized on the final run avoiding a upside down backmarker.

Mini "What no spare wheel" Summerhayes sailing with Kevin Barnard finished 4th after some rapid sailing spoiled only by a few capsizes. Local Heroes David and Jackie Gebhard finished 5th after an excellent performance on Sunday.

This was a great advert for Laser 4000 sailing with some close and exhilarating racing between 32 boats from the length and breadth of the UK excellently hosted by a friendly and enthusiastic club who provided a lively social on Saturday night. Round 3 is at the ever popular Felixstowe Ferry Sailing Club on 7/8th June.


Pos Sail no Helm Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Tot
1 4518 Alastair Hodgson Kein Reed 1 2 1 2 1 40
2 4536 Hugh Watson Helen Watson 3 14 3 1 5 26
3 4582 Greg Eaton Catherine Summerhayes 2 9 5 3 2 35
4 4264 Christina Summerhayes Kevin Barnard 19 3 4 7 9 36
5 4498 David Gebhard Jackie Gebhard 11 8 14 4 3 37
6 4314 Tom Glanfield Rich Mayo 7 12 7 10 8 57
7 4570 John Reynolds Fran Howell 21 15 2 11 6 49
8 4401 Peter Robinson Jeremy Edwards 9 10 9 16 7 47
9 4565 Fiona Ramus Jon Modral 10 7 10 9 33 49
10 4052 Nick Alp Jo Morrison 15 13 33 5 4 52
11 4584 John Annan Gordon Young 5 20 21 6 11 68
12 4016 Ian Saxby Graeme Brown 17 6 18 8 33 59
13 4463 Craig Palmer Stephen Rockley 20 5 15 12 33 60
14 4471 John Robertson Robert Taylor 13 4 6 33 33 61
15 4251 Huw Powel Paul Eden 8 27 11 13 33 71
16 4078 Jonny Backhouse Alexander McKee 18 1 8 33 33 75
17 4342 Simon Thomas Lucy Thomas 4 11 13 33 33 84
18 4610 Hamish Whyte Dan Challis 12 21 20 18 33 90
19 4543 Will Gatehouse Tanya Burdett 6 26 33 33 10 92
20 4199 Michael Owen Claire Logan 14 22 33 15 33 98
21 4499 David Shilling Danny Boatman 23 17 17 33 33 101
22 4427 Neal Piper Barry Mc 33 33 12 14 33 106
23 4503 Pete Lindley Neal Gibson 16 16 33 33 33 108
24 4489 Matthew Barton Louise Brown 33 19 16 33 33 111
25 4444 Jody Warner Emma Warner 22 18 33 33 33 112
26 4095 Robert Collins Mandy Hindle 33 23 19 33 33 123
27 4038 Gareth Smith Richard Warden 33 28 33 17 33 124
28 4341 Andrew Price Tom Jeffrey 33 24 22 33 33 132
29 4273 Chris Horn Jane Horn 24 33 33 33 33 132
30 4355 Gavin Benbow Jane Tennant 33 25 33 33 33 -33
31 = 4170 Iain Macintyre Andy Macintyre 33 33 33 33 33 -33
31 = 4298 Paul Davies Louise Needham 33 33 33 33 33 -33

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