Hydon dominates at Hollowell

Action from the Laser and Solo Open at Hollowell Sailing Club. Picture by Stewart Elder

Action from the Laser and Solo Open at Hollowell Sailing Club. Picture by Stewart Elder

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On the longest day of the year, sailors from all over the Midlands gathered at Hollowell Sailing Club for one of the most prestigious events in the Midland sailing calendar.

In total 45 sailors took part in this year’s Laser and Solo Open, which was sponsored by Rooster Sailing Ltd.

Conditions on the day we’re good, with a moderate westerly wind sweeping across the reservoir. This gave the host team a slight advantage, as they were familiar with how the wind behaves on the water.

There was a similar format to the usual Sunday Series racing with three races being run over the course of the day.

The Solo Open was won by Stuart Hydon from Shustoke Sailing Club – he dominated the day, winning all three of the Solo races.

Behind him came Kevin Hall from Northampton Sailing Club as he succeeded in getting two second places. Alan Bishop, of Girton Sailing Club, was third in all three Solo races.

In the Laser Open, Cameron Smith (Chelmarsh Sailing Club) stole the day with three spectacular first-place positions. Behind him was Ed Bolton King, from RAF Sailing Club.

Third place overall went to Jack Rockett (Barnt Green Sailing Club) after he gained a second and third place.

Following the day’s racing prizes were awarded, which were generously donated by the event sponsor.

This weekend, Hollowell will be hosting the Anglian Water Junior Series on Saturday before the Summer Series continued on Sunday.