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Series: Series Eastern (e) Midlands (m) Northern (n) Scotland (s) South West (sw) Thames (t) Vintage (v)    
Date Venue
9th Queen Mary SC
14th Ranelagh SC
6th & 7th Alexandra Palace (details)
13th & 14th Hamble River SC
14th Tynemouth SC
27th Burghfield SC
3rd & 4th Waldringfield SC
10th North Staffs
11th Up River YC
17th & 18th Annandale SC (NOR)
24th Spinnaker SC
25th Spinnaker SC
1st -3rd Salcombe YC
9th Trent Valley SC (NOR)
15th Ripon SC
15th Desborough SC
16th Yorkshire Dales SC
23rd Yeadon ribbed
29th - 1st WPNSA
12th & 13th Royal Harwich YC (flyer)
12th & 13th Yorkshire Ouse SC
19th Spinnaker SC
20th Spinnaker SC
26th & 27th Hykeham SC
3rd Frampton on Severn SC
4th Welland SC
10th & 11th Aldeburgh YC
10th & 11th Tynemouth SC
11th Ranelagh SC
17th & 18th Castle Semple SC
24th to 31st NW Norfolk Sailing Assoc
25th to 30th Loch Tummel SC
31st to 8th Aug Bassenthwaite SC
1st - 6th Salcombe YC
9th - 13th Salcombe YC
7th & 8th Norfolk Broads YC
14th & 15th Helensburgh SC
7th & 8th Wroxham vintage
15th Yeadon vintage
22nd Redesmere SC
28th & 29th Solway YC (details)
11th Olton Mere SC
12th Trent Valley SC (NOR)
12th Henley SC
18th & 19th Grafham Water CANCELLED
26th Island Barn SC
2nd Ripon SC
3rd Yeadon SC
10th Twickenham SC
16th & 17th Salcombe YC
17th Tynemouth SC
6th & 7th Northampton SC
26th Royal Harwich YC

Trent Valley open meeting


Although the numbers attending were slightly down on last year, the entry of 13 was still a goodly turnout. The weather proved to be a “curate’s egg” – glorious sunshine with a 5 – 7 mph breeze but from the worst possible direction, being NNE, guaranteed to cause havoc in the Doldrums upstream of the Clubhouse.
Race 1 saw a downstream start with a reach to the first mark. First round were Graham & Zoe in their new DCB followed by Tom White & Maria in a 4 plank China Doll and local boy Ally Britton in his Mum’s Crusader. Gerald Copsey gave the fleet a 5 minute start in N3280 but caught them up as they came to a halt in the Doldrums. The boats disappeared from view upriver to sail a loop course at the top of the river reappearing 40 minutes later with Graham leading Tom with Chris Day & Sophie in 3rd.



Race 2 after lunch saw the same loop course being posted but three boats were over the line at the start (John Sears for the second time). Graham lead the way uphill again followed closely by Ally, Tom and Dave Peacock & Tricia. Powered by local knowledge, James Clark & Christine Marshall crept through on the far bank but as the fleet broke out of the trees it was Graham followed by Chris, James, John, and Dave disappearing from view. Graham stretched out a long lead, followed by Chris and then Tom who had clawed his way back up the fleet to third, finishing just ahead of Dave, John and Philip David & Anthony Copsey. There was also a very close battle between James and Sue Jones & Mary Brookman to the finish with James just pipping Sue to the line.
Race 3 saw the breeze increase – there was a spectacular start with everyone heading flat out, and in very close company, in the right direction – at least half the fleet were inches from line as the gun sounded. Graham, now sporting his winged rudder, roared away from the fleet;  Chris (Foolish) and Dave (Paradigm 2) opened a decent gap over the rest of the fleet, but despite the magnificence planing power of the three DBs the whole fleet caught them in the Doldrums and Chris got past Graham. Normal service was resumed shortly afterwards; Graham and Chris followed by  Tom, John and Dave broke free to do battle out of sight of the Clubhouse. The final order was Graham, Chris, Tom and Dave.
The final “scores on the doors” were:
1st Graham & Zoe N3530
2nd Christian & Sophie N3513
3rd (and 1st AC) Tom & Maria N2765
Special mentions – The boat-less Chris Troth & Laura sportingly travelled from Olton Mere to race Starfish N2020 and TVSC Merlin sailor James Clark (crewed by Christie Marshall) also borrowed N3157 from the Turner Collection. Nick Copsey who dunked his younger sister in the drink in race one; father Gerald heroically sacrificed his day’s helming to deputise at the front end of N3411 following the (perfectly understandable) mutiny of said sister! The usually very fast Ally Briton came 9th; possibly his concentration was compromised by having the lovely Charis Richardson crewing for him. Thanks to Race Officer Ken Goddard (who cunningly made every mark a gybe mark) aided and abetted by Paul Turner, Roger Briton and numerous other members of TVSC (to whom we are very grateful!) Entertainment was provided for the spectators by the Commodore John Richardson who whizzed up and down in front of the Club house in his Thames Rater with 300ft mast.



The next MAAT event is Sunday 4th July at Welland (the day after the Vintage Handicap meeting at Frampton on Severn) – full results to date will be posted soon.
And finally........ 2011 is the 125th Celebration for Trent Valley Sailing Club – you can bet that there will be lots of special events to watch out for!




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