Upper Thames Report…
The weather forecast predicted ‘wet and windy’ for the Upper Thames OK Open on 1st October, with the remains of an Atlantic hurricane expected to disrupt the afternoon. But in the end neither the rain nor the high winds arrived, but then neither did the entries with only 6 OKs entering the event.
With the wind initially blowing from the South across the river, OOD Sarah Collen set a course that took the fleet round the bend to two beats up the more southerly stretch of the river, before returning to the club house stretch. Two back-to-back races were sailed in the morning followed by two more after lunch. As the day wore on the wind moved round more to the southwest turning the opening leg into a full beat and a change of course. However, the wind proved to be far less than forecast, varying from force 1 to 3, with only a few gusts in the afternoon sufficient to raise the boats onto a plane for a short time.
The racing was at times close, but visitor Jeremy Deacon eclipsed the home fleet with four straight wins, with Ed Crichton coming second followed by Garth Thompson.
Photos are available at http://www.utsc.org.uk/index.php?id=729
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