The competitors arriving at Penzance Sailing Club’s annual Enterprise Open were greeted by fine sunny weather, flat seas, and a little more than the NE F3-4 forecast. It was a small but friendly gathering, where two Looe boats joined with the five Penzance boats.
Adam Elery was race officer for the day to preside over the three planned races. The ‘Old Olympic’ style course was set, consisting of sailing a triangle shaped course, the first lap being a triangle, the second lap an upwind, downwind and the third another triangle to the finish.
The first race started cleanly, the early leaders being the local sailors of Colin Stephens, and fellow local Enterprise helmsman James Muir as crew, closely followed by the Looe pairing of Darren Roach and Hayley Ramadhar. This lasted all of a lap, as the Looe boat snuck into the lead for the start of lap 2. Unfortunately, the local boat of Jer Williams and Aoife Mooney retired, due to a repair having to be carried out, with them planning to get back out for the next 2 races.
Colin and James were now followed by the other local boats of John Matthews and Di Stephens, Tom Kliskey and Ruby Stephens, with Dean Mooney and Giles Gilbert in the hunt.
The wind had now started to lighten and veer around, during the last lap of the race, and continued to veer around 120 degrees to the SW, and then back 90 degrees to the south meaning it was now a light air beat to the finish for the winners, Darren and Hayley, followed home by Colin and James, with Steve Sargent and Jacob Owens, also visiting from Looe, finding 3rd place.
After the spectacular work of shifting all the marks around, and re-anchoring the committee boat, race 2 got underway, but it was now a real light air drift.
Keeping an eye on the clock, the Race Officer decided he had to shorten course at the first mark, delighting Steve and Jacob as the first boat home, followed by a repaired Jeremy and Aoife, with Colin and James in 3rd.
The breeze was now gently picking up again from the south, and race 3 got away, with an irritating swell.
The boat to catch yet again was Darren and Hayley. They led from start to finish, and crossed the finish line of the, (yet again), shortened course at the end of the second lap, this time followed by Jeremy and Aoife with Colin and James in 3rd.
By the end, there was just enough wind to get the boats back into the slipway.
The overall results below:
|1st||22814||Looe SC||Darren Roach||Hayley Ramadhar||1.0||4.0||1.0||6.0|
|2nd||22762||Looe SC||Steve Sargent||Jacob Owen||3.0||1.0||4.0||8.0|
|3rd||22652||Penzance SC||Colin Stephens||James||2.0||3.0||3.0||8.0|
|4th||22544||Penzance SC||Jeremy Williams||Aoife Mooney||DNF||2.0||2.0||12.0|
|5th||22807||Penzance SC||John Matthews||Diane Stephens||4.0||6.0||6.0||16.0|
|6th||2-652||Penzance SC||Tom Kliskey||Ruby Stephens||5.0||7.0||5.0||17.0|
|7th||22934||Penzance SC||Dean Mooney||Giles Gilbert / Lloyd Williams||6.0||5.0||DNF||19.0|
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