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Great Britain, Ardleigh 2004
by Robert Deaves
Eleven OKs competed for the Ardleigh SC OK open on September 4th in light and very variable winds. The racing was characterised by large shifts and even larger holes in the wind as all the competitors struggled to find any sort of consistent direction. However, Neil Goodhead, used to the shifty winds of South Staffs SC won the first and last races, battling in these two races with Will Turner from Ardleigh.
The second race was more of a challenge for them, scoring 7th and 6th respectively, after a major shift out of the start put them at the back. Race two was finally won by Robert Deaves after a hard battle with John Charlton. Charlton took the early lead, but was caught by Deaves on the second lap. Every time Deaves closed the gap, Charlton came back. The gap between then at the finish was less than a boatlength.
|1||GBR 2108||Neil Goodhead||2|
|2||GBR 2045||Will Turner||4|
|3||GBR 2081||Robert Deaves||5|
|4||GBR 2107||Mike Edwards||6|
|5||GBR 2096||John Charlton||8|
|6||GBR 2101||Terry Curtis||8|
|7||GBR 2082||John Ball||9|
|8||GBR 2083||Andy Turner||14|
|9||GBR 2065||Simon Shaw||16|
|10||GBR 2048||Rodney Thorne||18|
|11||GBR 2074||Roger Cooper||19|