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Sport extra: Cornishman October 18

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: October 18, 2012

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Saturday October 13: With the steady westerly breeze forecast to pick up into a blow and the favoured Olympic flag flying, two Ospreys, six Lasers, five Mirrors and several Handicaps headed out for two short races put on by race officer Pippa Baker, writes Wendy Nancholas.

In the Ospreys, Steve George and Mike Greig took control of the race from the start and a mix-up of the Olympic course was enough for Steve and Mike to gain a decisive lead over John Matthews and Nick Medlicott.

In the second race Steve took control at the pre-start, sent John off to the left of the beat, and then took a hitch back to Hogus Rocks and extended for an easy win.

In the Lasers the first race saw John Harvey get the best of starts and lead at the windward mark followed by Graham Cousins and, after a poor start, Nick Stoten.

Meanwhile, Greg Harris who had elected his smaller radial rig for the afternoon, struggled upwind as more wind failed to materialise.

With John pulling ahead of Graham, the order seemed settled until the wind started to freshen for the final lap with Graham closing on John and Nick on Graham.

Nonetheless, John had enough of a lead to go on and take the honours while Nick surfed past Graham on the final reach to snatch second.

As the minutes to the second race counted down, the wind picked up significantly and all helms reached for their Cunningham.

The whole fleet got off the line well and after some close and tactical port and starboards calls near Hogus Rocks it was Graham Cousins who came out ahead at the windward mark followed by Nick Stoten, Greg Harris, John Harvey, Eden Backhouse and Duncan Bruce.


The second lap saw the wind dropping again and Greg in his radial with it as John moved into third. Graham put in a good downwind leg to secure his lead and go on to take the honours while Nick didn't and now had John on his transom.

John and Nick enjoyed a close battle over the last two legs and finished in that order.

In the Mirror fleet Simon and crew Owen Bristow sailed away to victory in both races while behind them the challenge was on in the junior team with Stan and Lisa Prichard sailing well and coming in second in the first race and Amy and Chloe George in the second, while Abbie Medlicott and Jess Jago sailed steadily to come in third in both races.

Sunday October 14: A breathless bay saw the postponement flag hang from the pierhead with race officer Peter Jellis giving the wind half an hour to fill in – which it proceeded to from the north-west for a perfect morning sail.

Two Ospreys took to the water with Steve and Mike again leading from start to finish - in spite of John cutting a section of the course.

A fleet of 5 Lasers lined up for the reach out to sea with Greg Harris choosing a pierhead end start while the rest of the fleet battled it out from the pin end.

In clear air and on his own, Greg sailed into a healthy lead at the leeward mark while Graham Cousins, John Harvey and Nick Stoten rounded all bunched up followed by Duncan Bruce.

As Greg sailed off into the distance, Graham, John and Nick swapped positions until the penultimate beat when Nick hit the left hand side of the course hard, opened up a big gap and Greg simultaneously popped back onto the edge of his radar.

With the wind freshening into a strong Force 4, the next two reaches saw Nick closing in. The final beat saw Greg tacking to cover but with a lead that saw him comfortably to the finish line to take the honours. John retired after a capsize, leaving Graham to cross in third and Duncan Bruce fourth.

In the Mirror fleet, behind Simon and his crew Evie Luckhurst who led throughout, fierce battles took place with the final outcome being that Rob Bodé and Jess Jago came second and Amy and Chloe third.


Saturday: Ospreys: Race 1: 1, Steve George/Mike Greig; 2, John Matthews/Nick Medlicott. Race 2: 1, Steve George/Mike Greig; 2, John Matthews/Nick Medlicott. Lasers: Race 1: 1, John Harvey; 2, Nick Stoten; 3, Graham Cousins. 4.7 Lasers: Eden Backhouse. Race 2: 1, Graham Cousins; 2, John Harvey; 3, Nick Stoten. 4.7 Lasers: Eden Backhouse.

Mirrors: Race 1: 1, Simon Chapman/Owen Bristow; 2, Stan Prichard/Lisa Prichard; 3, Abbie Medlicott/Jess Jago. Race 2: 1, Simon Chapman/Owen Bristow; 2, Amy George/Chloe George; 3, Abbie Medlicott/Jess Jago.

Sunday: Ospreys: 1, Steve George/Mike Greig: 2, John Matthews/Nick Medlicott. Lasers: 1, Greg Harris; 2, Nick Stoten; 3, Graham Cousins. Mirrors: 1, Simon Chapman/Evie Luckhurst; 2, Rob Bode/Jess Jago; 3, Amy George/Chloe George.

Pony tetrathlon


The Western Hunt Pony Club Tetrathlon team had a very successful competition in Okehampton last weekend at the Area Championship run by The Eggesford Hunt Pony Club.

Due to the wet weather the cross country riding phase of the competition was cancelled but the Western team still excelled even with the disappointment of not being able to do their favourite phase.

James Stocker had an excellent win in the Junior (14 & U) Boys class and achieved the best swim (two lengths ahead of his competitors) and the best run.

In the Junior Girls class Olivia Haase and Henrietta Wilkinson competed well but in a strong class were just out of the placings.

Rowan Burgess won the Junior Novice class with best swim and Jess Bode won best shoot (900 out of 1000 points) and came fourth. Jess and Rowan were in a mixed pony club team with a Mid Devon member which was placed second.

The Mini (12 & U) Boys Class was won by Tom Tieken who had a vey good day achieving best run and best swim, Matthew Vincent was a strong second and Shea Cornish fourth. The boys won the best team competition in their class.

The Mini Girls team Championship Trophy was won by the Western team of Poppy Burford, Freya Haase, Stephanie Sampson and Darcy Wilson. In a very high scoring class and with Freya and Darcy feeling unwell, all the girls had very good scores with Darcy fifth, Stephanie sixth and Freya getting the best swim.

Tilly Tieken and Ismay Cornish-Murphy were in the mixed mini class (10 & U) and both of them did really well with Tilly being placed sixth.

It takes much commitment to train for a multi disciplinary event like this and many of these athletes are doing other sports as well so it is gratifying to see them doing so very well and enjoying the social side of the competitions.

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