Gusty Round Four at Frampton

British Moth Open Meeting at Frampton on Severn

Sunday 3rd May 2015

British Moths arrived at Frampton on Severn for round 4 of the 2015 Somerville traveller’s series to be greeted by gusty and overcast conditions.

Race one saw Roger Witts (Frampton) hit the right side of the beat pulling him clear of the fleet at the windward mark. Toby Cooper (Broxbourne) and Tim Davison (Medley) took a detour by way of heading for the wrong windward mark and rounded in a pack of boats behind Witts, including Ian Haywood (Frampton) and Chris Latham (Frampton). Davison pulled through into second place to pursue Witts with Cooper eventually moving past Latham by the end of the first lap into third. Witts displayed good downwind speed throughout and pulled well clear and take the win, leaving Cooper to battle with Davison for second place which Cooper eventually secured.

Race two was sailed back to back with the first and saw a more evenly split start with several boats converging on the windward mark in very close order. Witts was forced out with gear failure and Cooper managed to just round first and in the increasingly gusty conditions, planed clear into a strong lead. Davison rounded second and held this place through to the finish, with Latham in third.

Following a hearty lunch and a rain squall, the final race started with Witts, Cooper and Davison all still in the running to secure the overall win. Cooper made the best start but was closely pursued by Davison and Witts at the windward mark. Davison proved to be the faster downwind and this enabled him to pass Cooper and hold his lead to the finish. Witts initially fell well behind Cooper in second but closed via several excellent upwind legs to within touching distance of Cooper at the finish.

With Davison winning the final race, he secured the overall win on countback, with Cooper second and Witts third.