Pete and Rachael win Staunton Blaster

Staunton Harold Sailing Club Blaster 10-11 February 2024

Day 1

Light winds put paid to fast paced sailing on Day 1, in fact almost put paid to any racing! After one race where sailors cajoled their boats along and tried to catch every slight hint of a puff, it was decided to postpone further racing to day two, and retire to the bar to enjoy the rugby. A great decision as what wind there had been disappeared altogether!

Heading into Day 2, last year’s Blaster winner, Ogston Sailing Club’s Martin Honnor (Solo) led the racing. Home sailors Nigel & Di Pepperdine (RS200) were second. Ogston’s R.Short / James (Enterprise) third and the home boat of Pete & Rachael Gray (Scorpion) was fourth.
 

Day 2 

Staunton BlasterDay 2, looked more promising with a steady 10 gusting up to 19 knots, forecast.
4 races were to be held on the Sunday and the better wind forecast saw more crews join in the fun. Race 2 had 2 long beats and a long run to the end of the lap. Martin Honnor in his Solo from Ogston Sailing Club kept the overall lead with a second preceded by home crew Pete and Rach Gray in their Scorpion, and another home Scorpion of Andy Mckee and Stevie Graham in third.
The wind stayed steady for race 3 with the same long first beat then 3 long reaches to finish the lap. Pete and Rach again worked their way to finish first. , This time with Duncan Adams in his Phantom from Burton Sailing Club showing his speed in second. Home sailor Craig Williamson in his Aero 7 had his best result in third.
After lunch race 4 was an even longer beat then 3 long reaches to complete the lap. The wind started to play up with large wind shifts and varying speeds. Pete and Rach got their triple win followed by previous event winner and home sailor Grahame Newton in second and in third was Richard Sims in his K1 from Burton SC.
The final race 5 meant a change of position and length due to direction and strength, and a basic triangle course. Duncan again showed his speed and held a good lead throughout to win, followed by home crew Nigel and Di Pepperdine in their RS 200.

Results

Overall event winners were Pete and Rach Gray on 6 points, Martin Honnor on 15 points with Richard Sims also on 15, then close behind Nigel and Di Pepperdine on 16.

For the full results please go to:- https://shsc.org.uk/shscresults/2024/blaster.htm
A big thank you to everyone who joined us and to our on and off the water teams.

Coming up – Burton Blizzard and Ogston Woolly Jumper

 
And don’t forget next weekend ( 17th/ 18th Feb) is the – Burton Blizzard at Burton Sailing Club Burton Sailing Club check out the NOR and SIs at … https://www.burtonsailingclub.co.uk/index.php/open-meetings
… and then for the fourth and final in the 2024 East Midlands Mini Series is on 24th/25th February please go to https://www.ogstonsc.org/open-meetings.html for all the details.
 
Happy Sailing!

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