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Poole Week - what a way to wind up a wonderful week

A difficult week weatheriwise and so it remained right to the final gun of a remarkable adidas Poole Week.

In one of the hottest weeks of the year, Poole Harbour was undoubtedly one of the coolest places to be.

And while family club sailors were enjoying themselves wherever they finished, competition at the top of many classes was super-hot, too.

You didn’t have to look far to find a national or world champion, Olympic trialist or Olympic medallist. Entries topped 150 from 23 clubs.

While the classes on the platform line started racing, the TT (Top Triangle) fleets drifted around with a feeling of déja vu.

But PRO Graham Davies wasn’t going to be beaten.

If the wind would not come to him, he would move to where the wind was.

He moved the start line into the wind zone to the east of Pottery Pier and set tight courses for the Lasers, Flying Fifteens and RSs.

They all all enjoyed good racing in brilliant sunshine and a relatively consistent 8-12 knots from the south west.

The XODs had gone into the final day with two points between the top three.

In the end, John Tremlett’s 1, 2 scoreline on Friday gave him overall victory by a single point from Willie McNeil.

Similarly, there was only one point in it at the top of the Dolphins and Wayfarers, Bruce Gridley’s late charge in the latter with two Friday firsts not quite toppling Geof Gibbons.

Stand-out performers in terms of dominating their fleets included Daniel Wigmore in the Laser Radials.

His discards included a first and, in one race, he led the full-rig Lasers across the finish line.

To top a successful week, he won the CraftInsure insurance voucher for winning on Friday and his number came out of the Rio bag to make him one of the last two recipients of a £200 voucher from adidas.

Steve Tyler, Parkstone’s sailing secretary, won the handicap class with his wife Ally in a Merlin Rocket.

While Patrick Keats not only presided as chairman of the adidas Poole Week committee but also won the large and hugely competitive Flying Fifteen class.

With, as he was more than happy to accept, a little help from Richard Whitworth at the sharp end.

Whitworth was one of the event’s secondary sponsors, joining North Sails, Laser Performance and Clinique.

Together with adidas as title sponsor, primary sponsors were LV, CraftInsure (whose Mark Lee was racing in the Wayfarer class) and the Fence Stores Group.

Full results on www.pooleweek.org

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Dave Harding
28 August 2016 6:43 GMT


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