The National 12 open meeting at Olton Mere SC on 16 September was won by the Whiteheads

The weather at Olton Mere was similar to that of the Earlswood SC open on the preceding day, with bright sun and plenty of gusts to keep National 12 competitors on their toes. The day attracted visitors form as far afield as Redesmere and Avon SCs, with good support from the home fleet.

The morning race initially appeared a runaway win for Roger and Matthew Angell in a borrowed Paper Dart, until the complexity of the course got the better of them, handing the race to Alan and Sarah Williams in their Cheshire Cat. Adam and Graham Forster took second in a Windfall, while Andy and Daniel Hurst came home third in their recently acquired Tigress, the Angells dropping to fourth.

The next race, held after lunch, saw the return of John and James Whitehead to the fray after their success at Earlswood the day before. They again made short work of the rest of the fleet to win both of the afternoon races, followed both times by the Angells. Third place in the second race was again taken by the Hursts with the Williams taking third spot in the final race.

Overall Results

1 3458 John and JamesWhitehead

2 2913 Alan and Sarah Williams

3 2823 Roger and Matthew Angell

4 3138 Andy and Daniel Hurst

5 2959 Adam and Graham Forster

6 3181 P. Stirzaker and L. Stevens

7 2765 Steve and Tom White

8 3007 Tim Laws and James Smith