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A fleet of 18 Boats contested the 2007 Reading Sailing club Solo Open on 29th April. Those who made the journey were rewarded with excellent weather, a force 2-3 from the East and one of the closest open meetings on record.

In the first race Mike Hobin (Oxford) and Dan Goodman (Kingsmead) broke away with Goodman eventually taking the gun by some distance. Shifting conditions allowed Clive Evans (Reading) and last years winner Ian Ayres (Kingsmead) to catch Hobin to take second and third respectively.
The second race was affected by a large wind shift at the start. Hobin took the lead early on chased by Steve Sharp (Reading), Steve Jones (Littleton) and Will Loy (Reading). Hobin won this race from Evans, who piped Ayres on the line for second. Loy secured what was ultimately to be an important 4th place.

With two different winners so far and Evans and Ayres having two good finishes the meeting was wide open. Simon Corper (Reading) took the lead from Ayres and Loy and these three took a good lead. Evans recovered from a hilarious broken toestrap incident to join Hobin and eventually Goodman in the chasing pack. Ultimately Loy secured the race win and second overall on count back. Ayres second place saw him finish in an unlucky fourth overall despite having never finished that low down all day. Hobin's fourth spot was enough for third overall on count back from Ayres. With results going his way Evans secured the event with two second places have not lead a race all day!

Overall Results

1st 4703 Clive Evans (Reading)
2nd 3847 Will Loy (Reading)
3rd 4649 Mike Hobin (Oxford)
4th 4589 Ian Ayres (Kingsmead)
5th 4735 Dan Goodman (Kingsmead)

Helm Sail No. Club Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Points Place
Clive Evans 4703 Reading 2 2 5 4 1
Will Loy 3847 Reading 7 4 1 5 2
Mike Hobin 4649 Oxford 5 1 4 5 3
Ian Ayres 4589 Kingsmead 3 3 2 5 4
Dan Goodman 4735 Kingsmead 1 7 6 7 5
Simon Corper 4705 Reading 6 5 3 8 6
Steve Jones 4422 Littleton 4 6 7 10 7
Steve Sharp 4593 Reading 8 8 10 16 8
Jim Newman 4510 Christchurch 9 9 11 18 9
Keith Meekings 4732 Maidenhead DNF 11 8 19 10
Mike Evans 4737 Reading 10 10 9 19 11
Dave Jones 4371 Burghfield 11 12 12 23 12
Bill Loy 1986 Reading 12 13 DNC 25 13
Alan Jones 3642 Burghfield 13 14 13 27 14
Jon Mackenzie 3805 Reading 14 15 14 28 15
Phil Markham 3362 Reading 15 16 15 30 16
Paul Bristow 1872 Burghfield DNF 17 16 33 17
Adrian Blakey 2000 Reading DNC DNC DNF - 18