Simon's Solo effort in a class of its own

PUBLISHED: 10:35 16 August 2007 | UPDATED: 12:43 04 May 2010

FOLLOWING his 13th place in Salcombe week, Simon Leeks piloted his Solo to three wins in Ely Sailing Club s August Handicap Tankard. Conditions were tricky at Roswell Pits at the weekend and there was some fierce competition. The strong wind made the goin

FOLLOWING his 13th place in Salcombe week, Simon Leeks piloted his Solo to three wins in Ely Sailing Club's August Handicap Tankard.

Conditions were tricky at Roswell Pits at the weekend and there was some fierce competition.

The strong wind made the going equally tough in the first three races of the competition sailed last week.

John Cant had line honours in the first three races but he lost out to Niall Pearcey in the first on corrected time by a minute and 33 seconds.

The tables were turned in the next two races as John was far enough ahead of Niall to win by 14 seconds and 1:56 ahead of Gary Ungless in the third race.

Results - first August Handicap race (9 boats): 1 Niall Pearcey (Solo), 2 John Cant (Laser Radial), 3 Gary Ungless (Solo), 4 Alan White (Solo), 5 Maurice Favell (Solo). Second August Handicap race (10 boats):1 John Cant, 2 Niall Pearcey, 3 Gary Ungless, 4 Alan White, 5 Graham Tory (Solo). Third August Handicap race (7 boats): 1 John Cant, 2 Gary Ungless, 3 Niall Pearcey, 4 Alan White, 5 Les Booth (Solo). Race four (11 boats): 1 Simon Leeks (Solo), 2 Bob Utteridge and Marie Brown (Enterprise), 3 Gary Ungless (Solo), 4 Niall Pearcey (Solo). Race five (12 boats): 1 Simon Leeks, 2 Gary Ungless, 3 Niall Pearcey, 4 Hugh and Robbie Marshall (Enterprise). Race six (5 boats): 1 Simon Leeks, 2 Niall Pearcey, 3 Gary Ungless, 4 Kevin and Scott Bilham (Enterprise).

n ELY SAILING Club members, past and present, have been competing in the North West Norfolk Sailing Association regatta.

Three days of competition at Hunstanton was followed by races at Wells and Blakeney, high and low-tide races at King's Lynn and a final three-day competition at Snettisham Beach Sailing Club.

Steve Sallis, sailing a National 12 at Hykeham Sailing Club, was crewed by his 15-year-old daughter, Joanne and they won two races at Hunstanton and another at Snettisham. They took second place overall after also securing second place finishes at Hunstanton, King's Lynn and Wells.

Also in a National 12 was Alayne Seymour, who crewed for Gerry Ledger from Up River SC, and finished third at Wells to boost them to fifth overall at the end of the week.

Gerald Copsey, crewed by his son Nicholas, started the week in the National 12 fleet.

However, after beaching at Hunstanton, the swell caused the transom of their boat to be knocked out, forcing a change to the Enterprise fleet where they returned a second and two third places and finished sixth overall.

Also in the Enterprise fleet was Greg Williams and son Jordan. Their best position was a fourth at Wells and they finished fifth at the end of the week.

Nicholas and Jordan were presented with mugs for being the smallest and youngest crews.

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