Solo Open Meeting - 29th April 2012
It was wild and windy for the 33rd Solo Open at Frensham Pond. The Pond is renowned for its shifting winds and it lived up to its reputation as the four races were held in very different conditions. Only eleven sailors entered the event, of which five were visitors; but this was not surprising given the overnight gales and driving rain.
Race Officer Jeremy Hudson got all races underway promptly choosing a short start line in each case and with the pin end close to the shore.
Race one started amid huge gusts and white crests topping the chop. It was also very cold and wet. Home club, and former National Solo Champion, Keith Videlo is at home in these conditions and he ran out an easy winner ahead of Frensham's Solo Fleet Captain, Simon Lomas-Clarke. Videlo didn't have it all his own way in the second race, as a capsize and a penalty turn cost him dearly and Hamble River SC’ James Ross took the honours.
During the short break for lunch the wind shifted 90 degrees to the south and it became much warmer and the wind died away. Keith Videlo didn't hang around and he led from start to finish and won by a massive margin. The wind freshened in the last race and squalls and shifts were frequent. Frensham's Tim Deacon sailed well and hung on to win the race from a closing Keith Videlo.
Frensham's Commodore, Jeff Dolton, presented the prizes and thanked all those who had turned up and braved the conditions. Thanks also went to Frensham's Fleet Captain for organising the day, the race team for their fortitude and the galley crew for feeding cold, wet and hungry sailors.
Results of the Frensham Pond Open Meeting
1st 4369 Frensham Pond Keith Videlo
2nd 5129 Frensham Pond Tim Deacon
3rd 5281 Hamble River SC James Ross
4th 4800 Frensham Pond Simon Lomas-Clarke
5th 5167 Chipstead SC Peter Curl
6th 4400 Spinnaker SC Jonathan Moon
7th 4670 Frensham Pond James Hewitt
8th 3061 Chipstead SC Robert Trend
9th 4120 Chipstead SC Andrew Thompson
10th 5083 Frensham Pond Jeff Dolton
11th 3746 Frensham Pond Graham Douglas