Hornet Open - 14th & 15th May 2011
Eight Hornets arrived at Stone Sailing Club for an open meeting on the 14/15 May, sailing belatedly for the Easter Egg Trophy. The event was the customary joint affair with 505s and, this year, FDs.
Competitors were greeted on Saturday with a brisk westerly (stronger than forecast) blowing over the ebbing tide. The race officer reported a good F5 and saw F7 on one occasion. As a result there was a high attrition rate with most crews experiencing gear failure and boat handling problems. There were only four finishers in the first race, three in the second and two in the third. Strangler / Pippa Rogers won races 1and 3, Harry Ashworth / Ruth Walker race 2.
Sunday brought a slightly moderated breeze from a similar direction. The first race saw seven finishers although unfortunately for them not Strangler/Pippa who suffered rudder failure while contesting the lead. Winners of all three races on Sunday were Dean Saxton / Rob Smith, however their broken centreboard in race one on Saturday spoilt their regatta. Locals Dave and Fran Wood sailed a typically consistent series finishing all 6 races but lost overall victory to Harry and Ruth by virtue of their race 2 win.
As ever Stone provided a slickly run regatta with excellent shore organisation and hospitality.