The last weekend in October saw one Tempest from Ullswater YC and two from Arun YC join the fleet at CSC for the final ‘Tempest’ event of the year ‘The Last Blast. This was held over two days. A disappointing final entry of only 7 had the enjoyment of another really good ‘Last Blast’ with winds of 14 to 15 knots gusting towards 22+ on Saturday and Sunday.
On the Saturday, 3 races were sailed after lunch in conjunction with the Club’s cruiser fleet. Kim Dunstan(CSC) & guest crew Paul Adams(UYC) sailing a borrowed club boat ‘The Black Pig’ (GBR1077) winning all 3 races in a row. Jim Hart & Andy Banks(CSC) in ‘Slippery Sam’ (GBR 1121) recorded two 3rd places & a retirement with gear failure while John & Neil Robinson (UYC) made a 4th place & two 2nd places.
The Saturday was finished off in the evening by an excellent meal in the clubhouse, which was enjoyed by some very tired sailors after 3 races in trying conditions.
Sunday saw very similar winds to the previous day, with some close racing particularly between the leading contenders with Derek Budden & Andrew Rumsey (ArunYC) mixing it with the leaders. Kim & Paul however could not be beaten and once again finished the 4th race in 1st place. The 5th and final race was won by Jim & Andy in ‘Slippery Sam’ with Derek Budden & Andrew Rumsey 2nd closely followed by Kim & Paul who having relaxed had the luxury of discarding a 3rd place.
The final overall positions showed Kim & Paul on 4 points andonly 1point between 2nd, 3rd & 4th places (10, 10, 11 points) with, John Robinson & Neil Robinson (UYC) loosing out to Jim & Andy on countback for 2nd place in a closely contested event.
Thanks must go to race officer Henry Wright & team for once again providing excellent courses and for not keeping the fleet hanging about between back to back races.
Overall Results: ‘The Last Blast Trophy’
1st GBR 1077, Kim Dunstan (CSC) & Paul Adams (UYC)
2nd GBR 1121, Jim Hart & Andy Banks (CSC)
3rd GBR 1111, John Robinson & Neil Robinson (UYC)
By Ged Bellamy