Kielder Water Sailing Club

Soling Inland Championships

2003

The Soling Inland Championships were held at the Kielder Water Sailing club over the weekend of 11th and 12th October.

14 solings took part with teams from all over the UK from Fort William in the Highlands of Scotland down to Salcombe on the south coast of England. To add more of an international flavour to the event one boat made the journey from the impressive new fleet in Barry, South Wales. It was very encouraging to see new solings arriving from emerging fleets around the UK. The resurgence of the soling throughout the UK has been despite (or maybe because of!) the loss of our Olympic Status.

The event was one of the most openly contested events of recent years with 5 different boats taking "line honours" during the 7 race series.

Saturdays sailing took part in very light winds, that required the very special skills of delicate kite trimming (preferably without breathing), intense concentration, and patience! Only 4 boats were able to complete the first race within the prescribed time limit. This meant an early use of the discard for the other 10 boats.

Sunday brought more wind from the south east (over the dam) in the order of 5 – 10 knots, providing some great conditions for the final 3 races.

The event was eventually won by Mike Preston, Bryan Bottomley and Ron Preston in GBR 143, this result also secured first place in the 2003 UK Soling Series.

 

British Inland Championship - Kielder 2003 Saturday Sunday Points Final
Crew Sail No

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

1 Discard

Position

Michael Preston, Bryan Bottomley and Ron Preston GBR 143

1

3

2

2

3

1

DNF

12

1st

Ken Bailey, Derek Beddows and Jonathon Cunliffe GBR 156

3

2

1

4

7

4

5

19

2nd

Gary Richardson, Karl Sloane and Stuart Lee GBR 155

DNF

5

5

8

2

2

1

23

3rd

Derek Priestley, David Geldard and Steve Baldham GBR 164

4

1

9

1

8

6

9

29

4th

Peter Hewetson, Chris Duffy and Peter Dilkes GBR 160

2

9

4

3

5

9

6

29

5th

Hamish Loudon, Baz Fountain and Mark Brammer GBR 161

DNF

12

3

9

1

3

3

31

6th

Paul Curtis, George Barker and Peter GBR 147

DNF

7

12

14

4

8

2

47

7th

Robbie Robertson, Stuart Robinson and Adrian Hope GBR 163

DNF

13

7

5

6

10

7

48

8th

Keith Hull, Dawn Craig and Ken Hathway GBR 112

DNF

11

10

6

13

5

4

49

9th

Iain Loudon, Liz Loudon and Malcolm Garrington GBR 157

DNF

4

11

10

11

7

8

51

10th

Hugh Davies, Mrttin Bomer and Ian Watts GBR 5

DNF

8

6

7

9

11

10

51

11th

Dave Wilde, Roger Eaves and Jon Wilde GBR 168

DNF

10

8

11

14

DNF

DNF

73

12th

John Roberts, Martin Dickens and Dave Wilde GBR 165

DNF

6

14

13

12

DNF

DNF

75

13th

Peter Mountain, Dave Fish and Simon Barnes GBR 162

DNF

14

13

12

10

12

DNF

76

14th