This event the fourth in the 2012 Enterprise Midland Area Double Chine series sponsored by Speed Sails was held at Barnt Green Sailing Club on Sunday 13th May.
The seventeen boat fleet included visitors from Beaver, Chester, Emberton Park, Midland, South Staffs, Sutton and West Lancashire YC to enjoy a moderate but gusty South Westerly wind which increased throughout the day giving some close exciting racing.
Mark Lunn crewed by Steve Blackburn (West Lancs YC) had the best start in race one ,but it was Ges Brown crewed by Julie Moore (Chester SC) who rounded the windward mark first ahead of Mark and Steve , with Jim Hunt crewed by Henry Hunt (Beaver SC) in third place. Ges and Julie continued to lead for the first two laps until Mark and Steve passed them on a run. On a following run Ges and Julie regained the lead which they extended to finish first. Second was Mark and Steve with third Jonathan Woodward crewed by Alex Halliwell (South Staffs/WLYC).
After an excellent lunch the second race start on a new course, this time Ges and Julie again lead at the windward mark and held onto to this for the first lap. Later both Mark and Steve and also Jim and Henry overtook. Mark and Steve then continued to lead for the next four laps to the finish to win this race, closely followed by Ges and Julie, with Jim and Henry third.
It was all to play for in the last race sailed in the strongest winds of the day giving excellent planning conditions. Jon and Alex rounded the windward mark first, ahead of Ges and Julie with Mark and Steve third and Jim and Henry fourth. Jon and Alex extended their lead over Ges and Julie whilst Jim and Henry moved into third. As the wind picked up Mark and Steve pulled through to second, later overtaking Jon and Alex on the fourth lap to win both the race and the meeting. Second in this race was Jon and Alex with Jim and Henry third.
Winning crew Steve Blackburn thanked everyone at Barnt Green SC for a great day's racing.
Pos Sail No Helm Crew Club R1 R2 R3 Pts
1st 55 Mark Lunn Steve Blackburn West Lancashire Yacht Club. 2nd 1st 1st 2
2nd 23274 Ges Brown Julie Moore Chester Sailing and Canoeing Club 1st 2nd Dnf 3
3rd 23089 Jonathan Woodward Alex Halliwell South Staffs SC/W.L.Y.C 3rd 4th 2nd 5
4th 22075 Jim Hunt Henry Hunt Beaver SC 5th 3rd 3rd 6
5th 22901 Paul Young Iain Leiper Midland SC 6th 5th 4th 9
6th 22823 Mike Cossey Christine Barron Sutton SC 4th 7th Dnf 11
7th 18427 Bob Suggitt David Allenby Barnt Green SC 9th 6th 6th 12
8th 23248 Martin Bottomley Ray Ball Emberton Park SC 7th 11th 7th 14
9th 22320 Martin Davies Laurence Davies Rugby and Daventry SC Dnf 9th 5th 14
10th 22932 Mike Pickworth Donald Pickworth Barnt Green SC 8th 8th 8th 16
11th 22103 Richard Tuckett Karen Barnt Green SC 10th 10th Dnf 20
12th 22428 Gordon Padmore Rose Padmore Barnt Green SC 13th 12th 9th 21
13th 22869 Merlyn Wilcox Calum Piper Barnt Green SC 11th 14th Dnf 25
14th 21444 Richard Easton Gill Easton Barnt Green SC 12th 13th Dns 25
15th 22978 Stuart Howe Nina Wilson Barnt Green SC 14th 15th Dns 29
16th 17717 Rob Farquharson Helen Farquharson Barnt Green SC 15th Dnf Dnf 33
17th 16696 Phil Deeley Kalvin Hodgson Midland SC Dns Dnf Dnf 36