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Twisted Tube Random Pairs Team Racing and Open

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Random Pairs

Rob and Mel Sherrington won the Twisted Tube random pairs team racing Open Meeting at Spinnaker Club on Sat 10 October. The event, sailed in Fireflies, is two boat team racing with the team with the last boat in the race, losing. There were 11 entries ranging from World Championship Team Racers to those who had never team raced before. Southampton University had three boats competing. Each of the 30 races consisted of two randomly chosen teams and the winner of the event overall was the boat with the lowest number of race losses.

At the end of an enjoyable day’s racing the clear winners were Rob & Mel Sherrington who had only lost one race all day. Their opponents in that race, Chris Guy and Jo Mason came second with three losses but only beat Simon Barker and Tim Goodhew also with 3 losses by 0.02 of a point on a countback of race points.



1. Rob and Mel Sherrington 9 wins 1 loss

2. Chris Guy and Jo Mason 7 wins 3 losses

3. Simon Barker & Tim Goodhew 7 wins 3 losses 

Open Meeting

The Open meeting on Sunday attracted 7 entries – obviously some of the students were mentally exhausted from the team racing the day before and had to go yacht sailing instead. Local Firefly Heros Stuart Hudson with Jo Bailey up front were dominant throughout, winning every race. Young Laser sailor Matt Reid with Becca Plumley crewing rounded the first mark in the lead and also held top 3 positions throughout the day’s 4 races. For second overall though they were unable to hold off Chris Guy and Annie Goss who between them had about 10 years of extra Spinnaker Club experience in the boat.

Race officer Steve and his team did an excellent job setting interesting courses in a light and shifty westerly that backed through 90 degrees on the last lap of the third race

The furthest journey was made by Tom Lonsdale and Emily Herridge who made the journey down from Oxford for the day and are showing good form on both the sea and inland this season