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Close action at Draycote Dash


Gareth Caldwell in International Canoe leads from Andy Smith in 505. Nine different classes in top ten.

Gareth Caldwell’s International Canoe leads the 90-boat fleet after day one of the Draycote Dash, the first of six handicap events in the GJW Direct SailJuice Winter Series.

With four races run today at Draycote Water near Rugby, just 5 points separate the top six boats, with nine different classes filling the top 10. Sunday’s one and only heat is a 100-minute Pursuit Race, worth double points and non-discardable, so Caldwell’s lead is not at all secure.

Andy Smith and Alex Davies had a disastrous start to Saturday with a 77th place, but followed up with 1,9,3, and with the discard now sit just a point behind the International Canoe. Some of the faster handicap boats were looking slow in the light 4-knot winds of the morning, but as the breeze built to 12-14 knots by the afternoon, it was time for the faster boats to shine. 

Ben Schooling capitalised on the stronger wind to win the last two races in his Musto Skiff, and Gareth Davies’ International Moth improved from 80th and 56th in the first two races to get up on the hydrofoils for an 8th and 2nd in the final two heats.


Results after Day 1 of Draycote Dash 2012




Rank Fleet Class sailnos HelmName CrewName
1st Fast International Canoe 321 Gareth Caldwell  
2nd Fast 505 9088 Andy Smith Alex Davies
3rd Fast RS600 920 Peter Nelson  
4th Fast Musto Skiff 291 Ben Schooling  
5th Medium Phantom 1345 Andy Couch  
6th Slow Laser 188781 Ian Morgan  
7th Slow GP14 14082 Sam Blocksidge Connie Hicklin
8th Fast Cherub 2698 Paul Jenkins Peter Jenkins
9th Medium Phantom 55 Simon Hawkes  
10th Fast Merlin Rocket 3743 Matt Biggs John Hackett

24/11/2012 12:35


Photo © Malcolm Lewin


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