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Green, Apthorp foiled in Datchet blow

After establishing an overnight lead at the Mid-Winter Series at Datchet, Charles Apthorp and his National YC crew Alan Green slipped back to place second today (Sunday Jan 27) behind Simon Kneller and Dave Lucas.

Says Alan: 'Fantastic wind up to 25 -30 knot gusts, average about 18 knots. Not so good for us ... jib fell down on the first beat of the first race ; second race managed third, some more cleats letting spi fall down, and crew errors. Fail to prepare, prepare to...'

Green to the fore at Datchet

Alan Green of the National YC, crewing with Charles Apthorp, is in the lead overnight at the Mid-Winder Series at Datchet, on the Queen Mother reservoir near Heathrow.

Apthorp and Green scored second, first and third in today's races, with the crew clearly enjoying himself: 'Wind 5 to 10 knots. Sunglasses on nearly all afternoon. Great close sailing!'

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Easts event report

Visiting  helmsman Charles Apthorpe from Hayling Island Sailing Club, crewed by Alan Green of the National Yacht Club, picked up the Flying Fiftteen East Coast Championship at the weekend., writes Ronan Beirne. Second overall were Ben & Mary Jane Mulligan, with Strangford Lough's Brian McKee & Steve Martin third.

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