Results :: Looe S.C. National Championships (Day 5)

10/08/2014 15/08/2014

Write-up

Thursday at the P&B Merlin Championships is the long distance race where the top 20 boats win a bottle of champagne. It was also a critical day in Nick Craig and Alan Robert's duel with Stu Bithell and Tom Pygall for the overall title. Although the sun had disappeared, the breeze was still in and the fleet lined up in a solid force 4 from 320 deg.

With a rain storm having dragged the breeze right before the start, the smart money was on the breeze moving back to the left and consequently a lot of boats opted to start down towards the pin. As seems to have been the case for much of this week, the wind hadn't read the plan and pulled back right leaving those on the left struggling to get into the top twenty at the first mark. This included series leaders Stu and Tom. Nick and Alan who had taken a middle left route had done just enough to round in second behind the flying Olly Turner and Alex Warren who led the charge from the right. Dave Hayes and Jonny Radcliffe rounded third ahead of Andy Dalby and Andrea Ralph celebrating their strongest performance to date in their new boat 'The Bear'. By the end of the first flying triangle, Stu and Tom had got back into tenth having taken a low line on the first reach and then screamed down the overtaking lane on the second.

Olly and Alex maintained their lead up the next beat which was no small feat when you have Mr Craig breathing down your neck. However, Nick and Alan took a higher line down the run and were through to first. Now it was a question of how high up the fleet Stu and Tom could climb. The answer was second but they were unable to hold back Dave and Jonny who were absolutely flying upwind to take a brilliant second place ahead of Stu and Tom with Olly and Alex superb in fourth.

An elated Nick Craig returned to shore with a glint in his eye. "Game on" was his telling comment, followed by "I suspect Stu will come looking for me". Friday looks like being a battle royal between these two great teams.

Results

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Rank SailNo Club HelmName CrewName Boat R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Total Nett Division
1st 3749 Frensham Pond Nick Craig Alan Roberts Stanley 1 -14 2 2 1 1 21 7 G
2nd 3742 Hollingworth Stuart Bithell Tom Pygall Speed Machine 2 1 1 1 2 -3 10 7 G
3rd 3754 Parkstone Jon Gorringe Toby Lewis Didley Pokey 5 2 3 4 4 -7 25 18 G
4th 3684 Blithfield Andy Davis Simon Blake Kyser Soze 3 3 5 9 3 (BFD) 87 23 G
5th 3734 Hayling Island David Hayes Jonny Ratcliffe The Black Boat 14 (DNC) 4 7 8 2 99 35 G
6th 3759 Castle Cove Sam Pascoe Alex Adams Red Mistress 7 -15 10 3 10 6 51 36 G
7th 3712 Burghfield Ian Sharps Justin Deal Oakey Dokey -9 8 6 8 9 5 45 36 G
8th 3729 Lyme Regis John Turner Richard Parslow Shabazzle 11 4 18 5 5 (BFD) 107 43 G
9th 3764 Hayling Island Tim Fells Chris Downham Fancy Liquor 6 5 15 11 7 (DNF) 108 44 G
10th 3656 Starcross Oliver Turner Alex Warren Wildcard -26 18 7 13 6 4 74 48 G
11th 3758 Snettisham Beach Jasper Barnham Graham Sexton Bazinga 8 13 9 10 -16 11 67 51 G
12th 3658 Burghfield Chris Jennings Ally Martin Bernard 13 6 14 -23 17 9 82 59 G
13th 3753 Shustoke Simon Potts Luke Shaw Appetite for Destruction 10 9 28 6 11 (BFD) 128 64 G
14th 3691 Axe Mike Calvert Ian Garwood Quick Fix 17 -26 8 14 15 10 90 64 G
15th 3761 Northampton Dave Wade Ben Rayner Beast Quest 4 10 12 32 13 (BFD) 135 71 G
16th 3703 HRSC & Parkstone Richard Whitworth Sally Townend Faithless 16 -27 11 12 18 14 98 71 G
17th 3756 Shoreham William Warren Mark Oakley Robert 12 12 13 -29 24 12 102 73 G
18th 3733 Northampton Tom Stewart Phil Dalby The Dark Side 22 -40 19 15 12 8 116 76 G
19th 3735 Hollingworth Dave Winder Pippa Taylor The Clone Wars 15 16 -31 16 14 18 110 79 G
20th 3752 Shoreham Will Rainey Andy Douglas The Empire Strikes Back -30 7 21 21 23 19 121 91 G
21st 3659 Hollingworth Julian Parry Rebecca Jones Zeno -42 23 16 18 19 21 139 97 S
22nd 3746 Brightlingsea Dan Willet Pete Nicholson Point 'n Squirt 19 19 (DNC) 20 22 17 161 97 G
23rd 3766 Hampton Andy Dalby Andrea Ralph The Bear 18 24 -34 24 20 15 135 101 G
24th 3676 Ranelagh Tim Harrison Frances Gifford Hot Totty -24 20 23 17 21 20 125 101 G
25th 3690 Hampton Tim Harridge Dave Reid General Lee 20 17 -38 25 27 24 151 113 S
26th 3711 Starcross Dave Lee Juliet Pealing Seawolf 21 22 26 26 -35 25 155 120 S
27th 3688 RYA Ben Hollis Caroline Croft Who Dares Wins (DNF) 21 22 22 25 38 192 128 G
28th 3707 Shoreham Alex Jackson Simon Haighton Monkey Business 28 11 17 (DNF) DNC 13 197 133 G
29th 3765 Midland Richard Dee Chris Gould Three Dee 36 34 (DNF) 27 26 16 203 139 G
30th 3727 Ranelagh Mark Stockbridge Alyson Rumball Fragile 25 32 27 -37 34 22 177 140 S
31st 3710 Ranelagh Jon Ibbotson Chris Kilsby Paradigm Shift -34 30 30 30 31 23 178 144 G
32nd 3687 Wembley Matt Greenfield Hannah Playford Mellow Yellow 40 25 (DNF) 28 29 28 214 150 S
33rd 3685 Shoreham Sophie Mackley James Warren Black Pearl 23 38 33 45 32 (BFD) 235 171 S
34th 3751 Lymington town Mark Barwell Louise Johnson Strings Attached 33 33 35 -46 37 33 217 171 B
35th 3539 Lyme Regis Dan Alsop Nix Middleton-Stewart Gangsta Paradise 27 (DNF) 40 43 36 26 236 172 G
36th 3566 Starcross James Wells Liz Wells Pocket Rocket 35 36 32 42 (BFD) 27 236 172 B
37th 3700 Whitstable Phil Emery Karen Emery Brazilian 32 31 37 39 39 (DNC) 242 178 S
38th 3683 Tenby/RORC Ben Jones Helen Hilditch Bluebird 37 37 -45 34 41 30 224 179 S
39th 3696 Starcross Alan Warren Bill Caroll Tiger Tiger 44 28 25 50 40 (BFD) 251 187 G
40th 3732 Starcross Alistair Glen Moira Glen Nutwood Express (DNC) DNC 42 19 33 31 253 189 S
41st 3698 Salcombe Graham Cranford-Smith Fiona Cranford-Smith   29 (DNF) 36 49 43 32 253 189 S
42nd 3675 Weymouth Mike Fenwick Penny Fenwick White Sauce Er Er 38 29 43 40 -45 40 235 190 S
43rd 3709 Upper Thames Tom Lonsdale Alice Markham Wild at Heart 39 (DNF) 24 36 38 DNF 265 201 S
44th 3721 Starcross Nick Turner Carly Gurr Highlander 43 45 39 -48 44 34 253 205 B
45th 3744 Blithfield Chris Martin Joe Tosh Mylo Xyloto (DNC) 42 DNF 38 28 36 272 208 S
46th 3640 Whitstable Rien Zilvold Phil Scott Smart Tart 31 (DNC) 41 53 48 35 272 208 B
47th 3666 Salcombe Peter Ballantine Andy Ramus Enchanted Evening (DNF) DNC 20 33 DNF 29 274 210 S
48th 3697 Hampton Richard Page George Warren Too Dark N'Stormy 41 39 -47 44 47 39 257 210 B
49th 3619 Trent Valley Guy Browne Andy Hunter Dark n'Stormy 48 41 49 -52 50 43 283 231 B
50th 3564 Midland Rob Kennaugh Abigail Spurr Avalon Sunset (DNC) DNC DNC 31 30 DNC 317 253 S
51st 3576 Starcross Vyv Game Mike Tuckett Carmen J 47 43 48 (DNF) 51 DNF 317 253 B
52nd 3740 Cookham Reach Pat Blake Jilly Blake Why Ask (DNC) DNC 29 35 BFD BFD 320 256 S
53rd 3648 Shoreham Antonia Wright Jamie Wright Bang Tidy (DNF) DNC DNF 41 46 44 323 259 B
54th 3651 Wembley Colin Brockbank Marion Read Jupiter 45 (DNC) 44 DNC 42 DNC 323 259 S
55th 3574 Tata SC John Donoghue Adam Hayler The Holy Grail 46 44 (DNC) DNC DNC 42 324 260 B
56th 3547 Blithfield Tim Male Rebecca Male Moondance Assasin (DNC) 35 DNF DNC DNC 41 332 268 B
57th 3660 Starcross John Buckley William Anderson Djelibeybi (DNC) DNC DNF 54 52 46 344 280 B
58th 3518 Midland Julian Harms Timothy Harms Smoked Salmon (DNC) DNC 46 47 BFD DNC 349 285 S
59th 3569 Hampton Duncan Bell Gabby Pausey Time Zulu (DNF) DNC DNF 51 DNF 45 352 288 B
60th 3555 Blithfield Ian Mackenzie Luke Tucker Light Fantastic (DNC) DNC 50 DNC 49 DNF 355 291 B
61st 3730 Shustoke Peter Scott Holly Scott BS&B (DNC) DNC DNF DNC DNC 37 357 293 S
62nd 3767 Parkstone Ben Archer Philippa Daniels One Love (DNC) DNC DNF DNF DNC DNC 384 320 B
62nd 3327 Blithfield Peter Wainwright Tracy Smith Black Adder (DNC) DNC DNF DNC DNC DNC 384 320 B

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