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After an excellent Friday evening of Peter Slaters curry and extensive assessment of Holdens beer, the Osprey fleet of 16 were greated on Saturday by light winds, 180 degree shifts and very challenging sailing conditions.The huge experience of OD Bill Watson supported by Margaret Boyson allowed two races to be run.
Race 1 saw a trend being set ,with Richard and Mark Hartley winning. Cooney and Frith enjoyed their return to Blithfield in 2nd with Justin Jones and Chris Anderson getting the fleet demo boat into third.
Race 2 was won by Kevin Francis and Peter Greig with Richard Marshall and Alex Willis 2nd. Mick Greenland and Will Govid were denied a win when a re- rig during racing was required- but they held third.
The Saturday evening was the " normal" excellent deluxe Hog Roast and many extras. I am not sure how to explain the Holdens beer supply being doubled ,and it being all drunk an hour earlier than last years event. Certainly Team Hartleys distribution of wine made the calculation easier!. We look forward to measuring this trend in next years event.
Sunday morning and proper cooked breakfast and then out into much nicer winds. The Hartleys were back at the front in race 3 chased by Alistair Reynard and Rob Burdekin. Jon Batt and Jonathan Gibbons were third. The last race saw Team Hartley settled into the lead with Cooney and Frith chasing. Third were Alistair and Rob last years Wilkinson Sword travelers trophy winners
As always....a huge thank you to those who made this event possible!! The organisers, race committee & ladies in the galley.
So 2022 Osprey Inland Champs
1st Richard and Mark Hartley Blithfield 1381 2nd Kevin Francis, Peter Greig Castle Cove 1296 3rd Martin Cooney Peter Frith Poole YC 1290 4th Alistair Reynard Rob Burdekin Carsington 1363 5th Justin Jones Chris Anderson Chase 1360 6th Jon Batt Jonathan Gibbons Blithfield 1331