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Lymington Town Sailing Club host their first ever national solo event
Lymington Town Sailing Club host their first ever national solo event

LYMINGTON Town Sailing Club (LTSC) hosted their first ever Solo Open with great success on the water.

The LTSC fleet had been growing in previous meetings and were awarded this event after their success.

However, the weather was not looking good. The sea breeze which had been solid in past days proved to be declining on the day.

Organiser Rob Martin still had the competitors out on the water ready and waiting for when the breeze did arrive. Consequently, all three back-to-back races were sailed with the middle race enjoying a steady sea breeze and the two either side being sailable.

The first race started cleanly with the breeze holding for lap one, but it died away during lap two with place changing depending on where the breeze chose to touch down. Pete Mitchell (RYA) came in first with Dave Mitchell and Nigel Thomas close behind.

In the second race, a wind shift to the south-west prevailed as the sea breeze came in just before the start requiring mark relaying.

The fleet got away first time. Lymington’s Mark Lee was first to the windward mark with Malcolm Buchanan seconds behind. Lee continued his winning ways to the finish to take the bullet with Nigel Davies and Guy Mayger following behind.

The final race of the meeting started just as the breeze died away. Marchwood’s Ian Campbell opened up a comfortable lead to be first over the line with Martin Hodgson and Pete Mitchell following.

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