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Cumbley defends Solo Spring Championship Title

In a year that is shaping up to a huge show at Hayling Island for the National Solo Nationals’ and Nations’ Cup (July 13-19), the main players were on the water for the Solo Spring Championship hosted by Oxford SC. It came down to the final race and it was Charlie Cumbley who tacked on the gun, found pressure and a clear lane to take charge of the race. Cumbley extended to defend the title he won a year ago, Andy Davis finished second and Jon Clarke third.

After months of freezing temperatures and biting easterly winds the Spring Championship was held in very ‘Spring like’ conditions, hosted by Oxford Sailing Club. There was much confusion amongst the 67 helms as to what to wear, drysuit had been the default setting but the warm caress of the sun duped some into neoprene.

The north-north-easterly wind still delivered a punch and the erratic deviation of direction caused much head scratching throughout the day. The vagaries of the wind direction soon wiped any smile off his face and there were plenty in the queue who were equally dumped on, and from a great height.

Race 1 got away following a couple of false starts, black flags took out a few of the protagonists, Charlie Cumbley posted his intent with a win in the North Sails/Sailboat Solo and some considerable distance ahead of defending National Champion Andy Davis in the HD Sails/Winder. Jon Clarke in the Edge Sails/Winder was third.

Race 2 got away with a few casualties, Chris Brown and Micheal Dray amongst them. Cumbley and Davis were buried and spent the rest of the race making places like bankers make profits but could only manage tenth and thirteenth respectively. Roger Battersby nailed the race, finding the right shift at the right time and sustaining the lead. Simon Maskell took second, the Fishers Green sailor showing good early season form. Jon Clarke finished third and was having a stormer of a regatta. Ewan Birkin Walls in the North/Boon took fourth and his seventh in race 1 put him in a sweet position overall behind Jon with 3, 3.

Race 3 and all to play for. The pin end was favoured so there was a bunch down there and like the catchphrase in Highlander, ‘there can be only one’ Davis managed to squeeze through the bunfight. But this was all about Charlie despite a great effort by Mike Wilkie who half way up the beat looked like he had beaten the house.

Alas, the wind gods decreed otherwise as he was left out on the right. He must have said a quiet prayer as the breeze swung again and he rounded in the top five. Cumbley extended, Davis consolidated, Blundell took third to go with his fifth and Ian Hopwood found his form with a fourth and no capsizes.

Solo - Spring Championship 2013, Leading results
1st 5387 Charlie Cumbley Warsash 1 -10 1 12 2 pts
2nd 5342 Andy Davis Blithfield 2 -13 2 17 4 pts
3rd 4748 Jon Clarke (v) Draycote Water 3 3 -5 11 6 pts
4th 5388 John Blundell Staunton Harold 5 -15 3 23 8 pts
5th 5135 Ewan Birkin-Walls Grafham Water 7 4 -14 25 11 pts
6th 5339 Simon Maskell (gm) Hunts 10 2 -15 27 12 pts
7th 5397 Andy Friar Rudyard Lake -14 7 6 27 13 pts
8th 4735 Daniel Goodman Littleton -17 5 9 31 14 pts
9th 4986 Roger Battersby (v) Sutton Bingham -20 1 16 37 17 pts
10th 5363 Pete Mitchell Hayling island -11 11 8 30 19 pts
11th 5263 Steve Denison Hollingworth Lake -25 8 12 45 20 pts
12th 4899 Ian Pinnell Northampton 16 -19 7 42 23 pts
13th 3462 Ben Cooper Spinnaker (68.0 DNF) 14 10 92 24 pts
14th 5205 Tim Davison (gm) Draycote Water 4 -27 21 52 25 pts
15th 5191 Stuart Bush (vn) Shustoke 8 17 (68.0 DNF) 93 25 pts
16th 4800 Simon Lomas-Clarke Frensham Pond 21 6 -28 55 27 pts
17th 5384 Ian Hopwood Nantwich -40 24 4 68 28 pts
18th 5340 Andy Tunnicliffe RWYC 9 -26 19 54 28 pts
19th 4927 Russ Lonsdale (v) West Oxfordshire 6 23 (68.0 DNF) 97 29 pts
20th 4512 Guy Lonsdale (v) South Cerney 15 16 -20 51 31 pts
21st 5321 John Webster (gmn) Carsington 26 9 -29 64 35 pts
22nd 5246 Richard Pepperdine SHSC (68.0 BFD) 12 25 105 37 pts
23rd 5309 Ray Collins (gm) Locks 22 18 -27 67 40 pts
24th 5310 David Mitchell (v) RYA 19 22 (68.0 DNF) 109 41 pts
25th 5059 Mark Harper (v) Chichester 30 -32 13 75 43 pts

Will Loy
9 April 2013 21:06 GMT


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