Results :: Whitstable Y.C. National Championship (Day 1)

22/08/2015 28/08/2015

Write-up

It was a bright and breezy morning for Day 1 of the Selden Merlin Rocket Championships at Whitstable but by the time the fleet lined up for the first time the breeze had dropped to a F2-3 SSW. Early regatta excitement and a weather going flood tide led to four recalled starts before the fleet finally got away. As the starts rolled through, the list of front runners on the board of death grew. Nick Craig, Jasper Barnham, Ollie Turner, Ian Sharps and Jon Gorringe were all named as trigger happy helms. As I write, some are protesting their individual BFDs in a case of "show me your evidence".

With a lot of good money feeling that right would pay, there was not inconsiderable shock and awe when your correspondent (ably directed by Oli Wells) nailed the left hand corner to round first with a comfortable lead.

Slowly but surely the fitter, younger, more able members of the fleet wore down our lead and by lap three Chris Jennings and Pete Horn had taken up the lead, chased by Ben Saxton and George Yeoman.

As the breeze built around the second triangle, Simon Potts and Luke Shaw flew down the reaches to join the leading pack, followed by Sam and Megan Pascoe, and Andy Davis and Alex Warren.

With the final beat to a shortened course finish seeing boats raking up in the building breeze, Chris and Pete held on with Ben and George a nose ahead of Tim and Oli, with Simon and Luke a couple of boat lengths back in fourth.

The forecast for Monday is extremely wet but nowhere near as windy as originally predicted, dashing the prospects of defending champions Stu Bithell and Tom Pygall, who needed the racing to be cancelled to give time for Stu to return from Rio. Looks like they will just be here for the fun!

Results

Rank Sail No Name Helm Crew Club Race 1 Nt Pts
1 3658 Bernard Chris Jennings Pete Horn Burghfield 1 1
2 3742 Speed Machine Ben Saxton George Yeoman Grafham Water 2 2
3 3764 Fancy Liquor Tim Fells Oli Wells Salcombe 3 3
4 3753 Appetite for destruction Simon Potts Luke Shaw Burghfield 4 4
5 3759 Red Mistress Sam Pascoe Megan Pascoe Castlecoe 5 5
6 3739 Dory Ben McGrane Roz McGrane Netley 6 6
7 3684 Keyser Soze Andy Davis Alex Warren Blithfield 7 7
8 3743 Pokin the Turtle Matt Biggs John Hackett Blithfield 8 8
9 3722 Stealth Roger Gilbert James Stewart Frensham Pond 9 9
10 3539 Gangstar Paradise Dan Alsop Jennie King Lyme Regis 10 10
11 3657 Revolution Caroline Croft Rhos Hawes RYA 11 11
12 3707 Monkey Business Alex Jackson Phil Dalby Hampton 12 12
13 3673 Chris Gould Sam Barker Midland 13 13
14 3770 Shiny David Hayes Jonny Ratcliffe Hayling Island 14 14
15 3756 Robert William Warren Mark Okey Shoreham 15 15
16 3685 The Black Pearl Sophie Mackley James Warren Shoreham 16 16
17 3766 The Bear Andy Dalby Sally Townend Hampton 17 17
18 3740 Why Ask Pat Blake Jilly Blake Cookham Reach 18 18
19 3768 Boat name Rob Cage Hattie Cage Thames 19 19
20 3672 Bola Bola John Cooper Hilary Bradshaw WYC 20 20
21 3709 Wild at Heart Tom Lonsdale Ben Hollis Upper Thames 21 21
22 3763 Dancing Brave Mark Barnes Phillippa Daniels WYC 22 22
23 3746 Point-n-Squirt Dan Willett Pete Nicholson Brighlingsea 23 23
24 3641 Puff the magic dragon Mark Waterhouse Mat Currell Parkstone 24 24
25 3676 Hot Totty Tim Harrison Francis Gifford Ranelagh 25 25
26 3675 White Saucerer Mike Fenwick Penny Fenwick Weymouth 26 26
27 3774 Panther Jon Turner Richard Parslow Lyme Regis 27 27
28 3752 The Empire Strikes Back Will Rainey Andy Douglas Shoreham 28 28
29 3651 Jupiter Colin Brockbank Charlotte Cotter Wembley 29 29
30 3564 Avalon Sunset Rob Kennaugh Abi Spurr Midland 30 30
31 3692 Nimo Steve Mitchell Julie Nuttall WYC 31 31
32 3645 Blue Velvet Steve Hall Simon Haighton Burnham 32 32
33 3690 General Lee Tim Harridge Daved Reid Hampton 33 33
34 3751 Strings Attached Mark Barwell Louise Johnson Lymington town 34 34
35 3773 No 34 Alan Warren Bill Carroll Shoreham 35 35
36 3730 Blood Sweat and Beers Paul Hollis Liese Scott Blythfield 36 36
37 3547 Moon Dance Assassin Tim Male Rebecca Male Blithfield 37 37
38 3772 Velella Phil Emery Karen Emery WYC 38 38
39 3653 Artemis Andy Chapman Melissa Chapman Netley 39 39
40 3719 Fluff n Stuff Jeremy Deacon Alex Pausey Cookham Reach 40 40
41 3683 Bluebird Ben Jones Helen Hilditch Shoreham 41 41
42 3731 Mayhem Andy Jones Maddie Jones Burghfield 42 42
43 3771 Skip Laurie Smart Richard Pausey Upper Thames 43 43
44 3648 Bang Tidy Antonio Wright Jamie Wright Shoreham 44 44
45 3734 The Black Boat Philip Ashworth Alison Ashworth Weymouth 45 45
46 3765 Three Dee Dickie Dee Phil Scott Midland 46 46
47 3518 Smoke Salmon Julian Harms Timothy Harms Midland 47 47
48 3697 Too Dark-n-Stormy Richard Page Peter Page Hampton 48 48
49 3706 Monkey Puzzle Charles Anderson Ani Ridley Hampton 49 49
50 3624 Stab in the Dark Phil Mason Jamie Mason Blythfield 50 50
51 3625 Point Break Richard Bramley Leanne Hibberd Shoreham 51 51
52 3574 Holy Grail John Donoghue David Collier Sully 52 52
53 3319 Absolute Madness Richard Ledger Tom Bruton WYC 53 53
54 3644 Marlene Jonathan Bloice Philippa Bloice WYC 54 54
55 3555 Light Fantastic Ian Mackenzie Luke Tucker Blythfield 55 55
56 3402 Hot Goblin Issie Bruton Tom Bruton WYC 56 56
57 3424 Purple Hayes Mark Fagg Ian Hender WYC 57 57
58= 3735 Clones Wars Julian Parry Bekka Jones Hollingworth 71/BFD 71
58= 3758 Bazinga Jasper Barnham Graham Sexton Snettisham Beach 71/BFD 71
58= 3775 Night Fury Stuart Bithell Tom Pygall 71/BFD 71
58= 3769 Disciple Graham Cranford-Smith Fiona Cranford-Smith Salcombe 71/BFD 71
58= 3749 Stanley Nick Craig Alan Roberts Frensham & Burghfield 71/BFD 71
58= 3712 Okey Dokey Ian Sharps Ally Martin Burghfield 71/BFD 71
58= 3744 Mylo Xyloto Chris Martin Joe Tosh Midland 71/BFD 71
58= 3767 One Love Sam Thompson Ben Archer Parkstone 71/BFD 71
58= 3351 Gnome John Boorman Paul Fincham WYC 71/RET 71
58= 3607 The Fifth Element Mark Bugler Rimer Bugler Weymouth 71/RET 71
58= 3656 Wild Card Olly Turner Hamish Kilburn Salcombe 71/BFD 71
58= 3463 Smoke on the water Abbey Zambinski Donna Hender WYC 71/BFD 71
58= 3754 Didley Pokey Jon Gorringe Nicola Bass Parkstone 71/BFD 71

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