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Hoad Shield

posted Apr 29, 2018, 1:36 AM by UK Team Racing Assn - Sailboat Team Racing
The Hoad Shield BSDRA's South East Champs took place on Saturday at Bough Beech SC. The following report oc courtest of Clifton College:-

The first stage of the Hoad Shield concluded with Sevenoaks' first team on top closely followed by RGS green. Next came RHS first's and then RGS red and Tonbridge, both on 9.2 points. However, the two teams met in the last race of the first stage and RGS won 126, qualifying them for the Semi-finals.

In their first race of the Semi-finals, Sevenoaks lost 356 to RHS, but then came back in their next race. They had a 145 at the first mark with RHS putting up a fight on the downwind leg, converting to a 235 for RHS. However, Sevenoaks managed to pull ahead on the last leg, winning with a 145. In the deciding race RHS started with a 126, dropping to a 136 at the first mark, then Sevenoaks converted to 145 at mark two, dropping to a 146 at mark four, then finishing in 126, seeing them to the final.

The RGS Semi-finals saw RGS Green win a 123,  and then a 234, against RGS Red qualifying them for the finals.

In the Petit Finals, RGS red started with a 156, converting to a 136 by the final upwind and winning that race. In the next race they had a 156 at the first mark, but the three RHS boats managed to get through whilst the lead boat was trying to compress the fleet. RHS then won 123. In the deciding race RHS had a 124 at mark one with their last boat slowing down 5 and 6 at marks 3 and 4 but then dropping to fifth on the final beat. RHS won 125 and came third overall.

In the finals RGS green started with  a 345, then Sevenoaks converted to 126 at mark two and held that for most of the race, dropping to 136 before the finish. In the next few race, Sevenoaks had a 124 start and then held that for the whole race, winning the competition.

Winchester won the Feva two boat team racing with RHS in second and Sevenoaks in third.
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