A fickle South Westerly wind blew across the Abington Park pond as a dozen skippers assembled for what has turned out to be the first Footy open of the year, the cold Easterly putting pay to Fred's Big Toephy for now, despite being aware of a number of new Footy designs being under construction none as yet has made it this event, Colin Robertson has however forsaken the dark side and built himself a very nice Fat Boy Slim, he struggled in the earlier lighter winds with the Justin rig however once he had switched to his A rig the boats seemed to come into it's own and the results improved so much so his 3rd place in race 11 was enough to pip the also much improved Tony Butler on countback.
At the sharp end the three Abington Park skippers battled it out for supremacy in the end the Fat Boy overcame the two Ibex courtesy of a big 12 in the discard column, with close racing all over the water and a wind that kept you on your mettle all the way around it was a most enjoyable event for all those who took part. Keith Parrott (stole) had a much deserved victory in race six from the Abington Park trio, David Wilkinson was always in the mix and Sid Sims had a 2nd and a couple of 3rd places and just needed to find some consistancy to be higher placed.
Thanks to Ian Bell for keeping score, photography and covering all the other duties, there are two events to attend in March the Mad March Hare, 9th March, Cotswold MYC and then back the Abington Park for the Bassett Lowke Trophy on the 23rd March.
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