Atkins take Millenium Cup

After final weekend in Laser 2000 circuit reports Trevor Bradley

Monday October 14th 2002, Author: Trevor Bradley, Location: United Kingdom
The seventh and final Open Meeting of the 2002 Laser 2000 Millennium Cup took place at Wier Wood Sailing Club over the weekend of 12/13 October 2002. The meeting saw the largest fleet to date for a Laser 2000 Open Meeting with 22 boats including four local boats.

The three races on Saturday took place in very fickle winds. The breeze started to fill in from around 10:00 and just allowed the race officer to start the program on time. The first and third races were sailed on the usual windward leeward course but the second race was sailed on a figure of eight course. In the light winds it was the lightweight crews which mainly dominated as the fleet sailed in and out of the holes in the wind. The series regular Skip and Chay Atkins (Stone Sailing Club) quickly made their way to the front and were hotly pursued by Tim and Amy (aged 9) Hulley (Wier Wood), Graham and Mathew (also aged 9) Ponsford (Chichester) and Trevor and Caroline Bradley (Littleton). The biggest suprise to the fleet was at the beginning of the third race when after an excellent start and first beat, newcomers Russell Eden and Roy Rodgers led to the first mark and managed to hold off most of the fleet finally finishing fourth. (There were rumours in the bar afterwards that their combined weight is approaching 30st). As the gusts turned to violent swirls and became stronger many of the fleet practiced capsize drills. However at the end of Saturday Skip and Chay had a commanding lead with three wins. The fleet then retired to the club house for a hot shower, an excellent meal and the Class Association’s AGM

Sunday started with no wind, which gradually developed into light airs with the odd gust but certainly not the F9, which had been predicted. The fleet set off in the drizzle and attempted three races in cold damp conditions. Although the wind occasionally threatened to fill in it was never sufficient to alter the placings.

With two discards out of the six races the result was a clear win for Skip and Chay but it left three boats on 10 points contesting the minor places.

First Skip and Chay Atkins Stone 5 Points

Second Graham and Mathew Ponsford Chicester 10 Points

Third Tim and Amy Hulley Wier Wood 10 Points

Fourth Trevor and Caroline Bradley Littleton 10 Points.

Once more generous prizes were provided by our series sponsor Crew Saver and water proof cameras donated by Kodak were given to the younger children.

The Millennium Series was held over seven weekend events, one per month from April to October with four to qualify. The series attracted a total of 53 boats and the Crew Saver prizes will be awarded at the Laser Asymmetric Ball in January.

First - Skip and Chay Atkins – Stone Sailing Club

Second – Trevor and Caroline Bradley – Littleton Sailing Club

Third – Helen and Andrew Phillips – Cardiff Bay Sailing Club

Fourth – Paul and Lindsey Williams – Langstone Sailing Club

Fifth – Andrew and Alice Barraclough – Rickmansworth Sailing Club

Sixth – Ian and Sara Simpson – Queen Mary Sailing Club

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