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Hot and Bothered at Solo Nationals day 5

Hot, bothered and bewildered was the general reaction as the Solo Nationals fleet made its way back into HISC after a long slow day on the water . . . The first race abandoned at the first mark and then rerun and the second starting late in the afternoon and then shortened as the wind died again.

But there are always winners and losers and depending in which category you finish, colours your view of the day. Ross Harvey, who was leading race 9 when it was abandoned, was definitely of the latter persuasion, while Andy Tunnicliffe, the eventual winner was more upbeat . . . Likewise Ewen Birkin-Wells who, as the wind died in race 10, picked up a new wind on the right to lead Kevan Gibb and Pete Mitchell across the finish line.

Winners - Andy Tunnicliffe and Ewen Birkin-Wells

The results Thursday were dramatic in their overall effect as the 115 competitors go into the final day. Both Matt Howard and Andy Davis were BFD in race 9 removing them from any further title contention. Leaving five possible contenders.

Geoff Carveth, a master of the end-game, takes the overall lead on 39 points. Tunnicliffe has raised his game with the second win and slots into second with 43 points, while Harvey drops to third overall, tied in a three-way group with Charlie Cumbley and Mike Sims on 47 points.

The weather is the other player in this conundrum . . . an earlier start Friday, but will the wind appear, and when it does who will it favour? To still be in contention now means they are all capable of winning in the light weather conditions that have prevailed so far this week, and black flags aside, all have scored consistently in whatever the conditions and the race officer has thrown at them.

Can Carveth, an eight time Solo champion, crown his return to the class with another title or will the young guns, Tunnicliffe or Harvey overthrow the old guard, or will the steady progress of Cumbley or Sims claim the day?

Sailing is only a spectator sport for the real aficionado and Friday should be a day to savour.

Solo - 2013 UK Nationals and Nations Trophy, leading positions after 10 races, 2 discards (entries 115)
1st 5424 Geoff Carveth HISC 2 6 -11 4 (116 BFD) 1 8 6 5 7 166 39 pts
2nd 5340 Andy Tunnicliffe RWSC -14 8 12 1 4 4 2 -39 1 11 96 43 pts
3rd 4674 Ross Harvey HISC 6 1 3 (116 BFD) 3 2 5 15 -22 12 185 47 pts
4th 5387 Charlie Cumbley RYA 3 3 2 (116 BFD) 5 -15 3 14 3 14 178 47 pts
5th 5302 Michael Sims Carsington SC 5 5 4 3 10 5 -18 -35 2 13 100 47 pts
6th 5430 Pete Mitchell HISC 4 4 10 (116 BFD) 8 25 9 -40 4 3 223 67 pts
7th 4869 Stuart Godwin HISC 1 (116 BFD) 1 (116 BFD) 12 3 1 38 7 9 304 72 pts
8th 5342 Andy Davis Blithfield SC 7 13 5 (116 BFD) 2 6 10 26 (116 BFD) 8 309 77 pts
9th 5446 Ian Pinnell HISC -23 16 22 11 1 7 4 -33 11 6 134 78 pts
10th 5315 Tim Law Salcombe YC 17 10 7 5 -37 18 7 -27 9 20 157 93 pts
11th 5389 Matt Howard LOSSC 9 2 6 2 40 10 14 (116 DNF) (116 BFD) 16 331 99 pts
12th 5418 Andy Couch Rudyard Lake SC 8 7 13 (116 BFD) -42 16 24 4 13 18 261 103 pts
13th 5135 Ewan Birkin-Wells Grafham Water SC 26 9 8 (116 BFD) 6 29 16 20 (116 BFD) 1 347 115 pts
14th 5326 Nigel Davies Draycote Water SC 10 22 18 7 24 -27 12 -37 25 4 186 122 pts
15th 5198 Daniel Henderson Stokes Bay SC 22 20 26 10 -27 9 15 19 (116 BFD) 5 269 126 pts
16th 5263 Steve Denison Hollingworth SC 13 15 14 (116 BFD) 22 22 -39 17 6 17 281 126 pts
17th 5363 David Mitchell RYA 20 31 15 8 15 (116 DNC) 6 -62 10 42 325 147 pts
18th 5293 David McGregor HISC 11 11 19 20 36 19 32 5 (116 BFD) -49 318 153 pts
19th 5256 Ian Houston TBA 19 -49 17 14 13 24 31 22 16 -45 250 156 pts
20th 5415 Chris Brown RYA 24 17 24 12 18 23 40 -70.5 12 (116 DNC) 356.5 170 pts

Full results and event page available here

G New
18 July 2013 22:19 GMT


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