Wells and Jameson clinch F15 Bulwark Trophy at HISC

Final result of the Flying Fifteen Bulwark Trophy Open Meeting at HISC. Greg Wells and Andrew Jameson of HISC continued their day 1 winning streak with another win in the first race Sunday to clinch overall victory . . . Richard Lovering and Matt Alvarado won the final race to confirm second overall, while Dave Lucas and Mark Longstaff from Grafham took second in the final race to snatch third overall.

Twenty two including ten visiting boats contested the 2013 Bulwark, a four race event sailed in sunny Mediterranean conditions in Hayling Bay.

For Race 1 Vice Commodore Greg Lamb set a course on a North West light wind which showed a prestart variation of some forty degrees. After a general recall, the fleet left the start line and those at the Committee boat end achieved early gains with the wind tending to lift on the starboard tack.

First round the weather mark were 3795 Simon Patterson/Simon Thompson followed by 3920 Greg Wells/Andrew Jameson who had recovered with a late left shift favouring the boats coming in from the left; third position was held by 3955 Richard Lovering /Matt Alvarado. At the gybe mark Wells gybe-set into a better air and gained the lead from Patterson/Thompson. After that Wells/Jameson covered Lovering/Alvarado with 3998 Alan Bax/James Grant gaining to finish third.

In similar conditions, the second race started after a recall with a black flag. The early leader was 4013 Chris Bowen/ Marion Bowen coming from inshore and as the wind shifted back Patterson/Thompson rounded second followed by Alan Bax, 3937 Dave Lucas/Mark Longstaff and Wells/Jameson.

On the run all leaders went high while Wells/Jameson sailed fast and low to head the fleet.

After that Wells/Jameson extended their lead followed by 3957 Charles Apthorp/David Rickards and Lovering/Alvarado who had recovered well from a mid-fleet position.

Sunday dawned sunny and bright with the wind more in the West and slightly stronger. At the start of race three the line had a slight port bias and Wells/Jameson led away from the pin end with Lovering /Alvarado to leeward sandwiching 3951 Roger and Barbara Palmer. Wells/Jameson and Lovering/ Alvarado tacked across the fleet leaving Palmers out to sea in better wind and heading. At the mark it was Palmers by a short head having had to tack under Wells/Jameson and directly in front of Lovering/ Alvarado on the mark approach.

Class Commodore Greg Wells had the wind in his sails and after the spreader mark was able to run through the Palmers wind and take a lead which was very gradually extended. Lovering /Alvarado eventually overtook the Palmers but on the last run Palmers gybed away and returned to recover their second place shortly before the finish. Lovering/Alvarado were third followed by Hayling Class Captain,3994 Chris Waples crewed by son Tom fresh from their success at Dinard in fourth place.

Race four was sailed in a southerly wind of 12-15 kts with more tide across the course which made mark approaches and course directions more difficult.

Lovering/Alvarado started at port end using the lee bow on starboard to work out a good position. At the weather mark Lovering/Alvarado were leaders followed by Bowen/ Bowen with Lucas/ Longstaff in third position.

Exciting reaches and surging runs in a building sea eventually led to a race win for Lovering/Alvarado followed by Lucas/Longstaff with Greg Wells recovering to third place and 3974 Geoff Bayliss/Ian Nicholson in fourth.

In the overall reckoning Wells/ Jameson were clear winners with three straight wins from Lovering/ Alvarado with Lucas/Longstaff from Grafham Water in third place.

F15 - Bulwark Tr - Final Leading results after 4 races (21 entries)
1st 3920 Greg Wells, Andrew Jameson, HISC 1.0 1.0 1.0 (3.0) 6.0 3.0pts
2nd 3955 Richard Lovering, Matt Alvarado, HISC 2.0 (3.0) 3.0 1.0 9.0 6.0
3rd 3937 Dave Lucas, Mark Longstaff, GWSC (23.0 OCS) 6.0 5.0 2.0 36.0 13.0
4th 3957 Charles Apthorp, D Rickard, HISC 5.0 2.0 (6.0) 6.0 19.0 13.0
5th 3998 Alan Bax, James Grant, HISC 3.0 4.0 7.0 (8.0) 22.0 14.0
6th 3934 Anthony Osman, Andy Osman, Parkstone 4.0 11.0 (13.0) 5.0 33.0 20.0

Full results posted HISC website