Simon stays cool to win

PUBLISHED: 10:54 06 September 2007 | UPDATED: 12:46 04 May 2010

RACERS fought against difficult conditions at Roswell Pits on Sunday when the final three races in Ely Sailing Club s August Handicap Tankard were contested. The unpredictable winds resulted in several capsized helms but Simon Leeks, in a Solo, kept his c

RACERS fought against difficult conditions at Roswell Pits on Sunday when the final three races in Ely Sailing Club's August Handicap Tankard were contested.

The unpredictable winds resulted in several capsized helms but Simon Leeks, in a Solo, kept his cool to win all three races and regain the trophy.

Three handicap races will be sailed from 1.30pm on Sunday to compete for the Jamie Butcher Memorial Trophy.

Jamie lost his life in a tragic capsize in the English Channel in February. The entry money collected will be donated to a charity chosen by his parents.

August Handicap Tankard race seven (11 boats): 1 Simon Leeks, 2 Alex Tory (Solo) 3 Andy Wilcox (Laser), 4 Eric Christan (Comet), 5 Hannah Christan (Laser). Race eight (10 boats): 1 Simon Leeks, 2 Alex Tory, 3 Niall Pearcey (Solo), 4 Andy Wilcox, 5 John Wells (Solo). Race nine (9 boats): 1 Simon Leeks, 2 Alex Tory, 3 Eric Christan, 4 Andy Wilcox, 5 Niall Pearcey.

SIXTEEN helms and crews competed for the Roswell Monster Trophy, also held at Roswell Pits, last week.

The four handicap races were sailed under varying conditions and wind direction changes and this resulted in different courses having to be laid.

In the morning race, Gerald Copsey and his son Nicholas, who were defending the trophy in their National Twelve, took an early lead and were chased by John Cant sailing a borrowed Solo.

John finished 47 seconds behind on corrected time and therefore, Gerald maintained his line honours.

While leading the second race, Gerald Copsey had gear failure and by the time he had made repairs he had dropped to fifth place.

John Cant took advantage to take the lead and comfortably win the race. John and Mollie Wells in their Enterprise came third with Gerald recovering well to take second place.

The third race was between the National Twelve and Enterprise helms and Gerald once again worked his way to the front edging ahead of John Wells by 24 seconds at the finish line.

Unfortunately Maurice Favell capsized just yards from the finish line but he righted his Solo and finished in tenth place.

The wind dropped for the final race and John and Mollie Wells took line honours which they maintained over John Cant who finished fourth but improved to second on corrected time.

Results - race one (nine boats): 1 Gerald and Nicholas Copsey (N12), 2 John Cant (Solo), 3 Alan White (Solo), 4 Denis and Anthony Copsey (Enterprise). Race two (16 boats): 1 John Cant, 2 Gerald and Nicholas Copsey, 3 John and Mollie Wells (Enterprise), 4 Denis and Anthony Copsey. Race three (16 boats): 1 Gerald and Nicholas Copsey, 2 John and Mollie Wells, 3 Bob Utteridge and Marie Brown (Enterprise), 4 Denis and Anthony Copsey. Race four (11 boats): 1 John and Mollie Wells, 2 John Cant, 3 Denis and Anthony Copsey, 4 Gerald and Nicholas Copsey. Overall result (with best three race results to count): 1 Gerald and Nicholas Copsey 4 pts, 2 John Cant 5 pts, 3 John and Mollie Wells 6 pts, 4 Denis and Anthony Copsey 11 pts, 5 Bob Utteridge and Marie Brown 13 pts, 6 Alan White 16 pts.

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