Results :: Whitstable Y.C. National Championship (Day 5)

22/08/2015 28/08/2015

Write-up

Thursday was moving day at the Selden Merlin Rocket Nationals. Two races were scheduled including the ‘long distance’ champagne race, sponsored by Winder Boats. Conditions were perfect with a SW Force 3-5 with sufficient shifts to ensure it was not a one-way track.
 
Race one started with a pin end biased line and an early left hand shift. Series leaders Tim Fells and Oli Wells were overcome by yellow jersey fever and called it totally wrong to never feature again in the race.
 
Out in front, the usual suspects of Stu and Tom, Nick and Alan, and Ben and George were soon duking it out for the lead. However, disaster struck for Nick and Alan when their kite halyard jumped the mast sheave and they had to capsize and untie the kite to get it down. They retired from the race to make a repair and with it lost their title chances having been BFD in race one.
 
This left the battle at the front between the Olympic aspirants and it was the 49er who got the better of the Nacra with Stu and Tom taking the bullet ahead of Ben and George. Olly Turner and Hamish Kilburn sailed an excellent race to take third ahead of Ben and Roz McGrane, Sam and Megan Pascoe and rounding out the top 6, Jasper Barnham and Graham Sexton enjoying their best result of the week.
 
The second race of the day started with a lot of pin bias and it was Ben and George who again executed a perfect start and were able to extend away into the first left shift and establish a good early lead. Jon Gorringe and Nikki Bass hit the left to follow Ben and George around the first mark, only for Jon in his excitement to jump out of the boat just before the gybe mark.
 
Nick and Alan took up the chase along with Dave Hayes and Jonny Ratcliffe who were featuring in the leading bunch for the first time this week. Over the next 3 rounds, which provided the best sailing of the week so far with flat out reaches and tactical beats, Stu and Tom pulled through but were unable to get the better of Ben and George in first and Nick and Alan in second.
 
In fourth, completing a tidy day were Roger Gilbert and James Stewart ahead of the consistent Ben and Roz who jump into second in the overall standings. Dave and Jonny celebrated their sixth place after a disappointing week so far.
 
Ben and George now take the lead and the yellow jersey, with Andy Dalby and Sally Townend Silver Fleet leaders in 14th and Tim and Rebecca Male heading the Bronze fleet in 44th. The Orange fleet is being dominated by Tim Harridge and Dangerous Dave in a very bright 26th.
 
The fleet now heads off for a black tie dinner to celebrate our 70th championship with after dinner speaker the legendary Spud Rowsell. Special thanks to Winder Boats for the champagne and HD Sails for supporting the evening entertainment.

Results

Rank Sail No Name Helm Crew Club Race 1 Race 2 Race 3 Race 4 Race 6 Nt Pts
1 3742 Speed Machine Ben Saxton George Yeoman Grafham Water 2 4 13 2 1 22
2 3739 Dory Ben McGrane Roz McGrane Netley 6 20 3 4 5 38
3 3722 Stealth Roger Gilbert James Stewart Frensham Pond 9 14 4 10 4 41
4 3759 Red Mistress Sam Pascoe Megan Pascoe Castle Cove 5 10 7 5 14 41
5 3764 Fancy Liquor Tim Fells Oli Wells Salcombe 3 6 5 18 11 43
6 3753 Appetite for destruction Simon Potts Luke Shaw Burghfield 4 8 11 13 7 43
7 3707 Monkey Business Alex Jackson Phil Dalby Hampton 12 16 8 8 12 56
8 3673 Chris Gould Sam Barker Midland 13 3 10 9 22 57
9 3658 Bernard Chris Jennings Pete Horn Burghfield 1 35 6 7 20 69
10 3770 Shiny David Hayes Jonny Ratcliffe Hayling Island 14 15 16 19 6 70
11 3743 Pokin the Turtle Matt Biggs John Hackett Blithfield 8 1 25 15 25 74
12 3756 Robert William Warren Mark Okey Shoreham 15 13 9 16 21 74
13 3752 The Empire Strikes Back Will Rainey Andy Douglas Shoreham 28 24 14 14 16 96
14 3766 The Bear Andy Dalby Sally Townend Hampton 17 7 37 20 17 98
15 3656 Wild Card Olly Turner Hamish Kilburn Salcombe 72/BFD 2 15 3 9 101
16 3774 Panther Jon Turner Richard Parslow Lyme Regis 27 12 12 35 15 101
17 3676 Hot Totty Tim Harrison Frances Gifford Ranelagh 25 9 22 22 24 102
18 3758 Bazinga Jasper Barnham Graham Sexton Snettisham Beach 72/BFD 21 19 6 8 126
19 3763 Dancing Brave Mark Barnes Phillippa Daniels WYC 22 11 36 28 32 129
20 3657 Revolution Caroline Croft Rhos Hawes RYA 11 42 24 27 26 130
21 3685 The Black Pearl Sophie Mackley James Warren Shoreham 16 31 26 30 27 130
22 3539 Gangstar Paradise Dan Alsop Jennie King Lyme Regis 10 18 44 37 28 137
23 3712 Okey Dokey Ian Sharps Ally Martin Burghfield 72/BFD 17 20 23 13 145
24 3709 Wild at Heart Tom Lonsdale Ben Hollis Upper Thames 21 54 29 25 19 148
25 3775 Night Fury Stuart Bithell Tom Pygall 72/DNS 72/DNC 1 1 3 149
26 3690 General Lee Tim Harridge David Reid Hampton 33 55 32 11 18 149
27 3754 Didley Pokey Jon Gorringe Nicola Bass Parkstone 72/BFD 34 18 17 10 151
28 3749 Stanley Nick Craig Alan Roberts Frensham & Burghfield 72/BFD 5 2 72/DNC 2 153
29 3641 Puff the magic dragon Mark Waterhouse Mat Currell Parkstone 24 19 42 38 31 154
30 3645 Blue Velvet Steve Hall Simon Haighton Burnham 32 25 23 54 23 157
31 3746 Point-n-Squirt Dan Willett Pete Nicholson Brighlingsea 23 26 21 21 72/RET 163
32 3768 Boat name Rob Cage Hattie Cage Thames 19 22 41 43 42 167
33 3651 Jupiter Colin Brockbank Charlotte Cotter Wembley 29 28 33 42 36 168
34 3773 No 34 Alan Warren Bill Carroll Shoreham 35 45 28 24 41 173
35 3684 Keyser Soze Andy Davis Alex Warren Blithfield 7 72/RET 17 12 72/RET 180
36 3740 Why Ask Pat Blake Jilly Blake Cookham Reach 18 44 72/RET 26 30 190
37 3765 Three Dee Dickie Dee Phil Scott Midland 46 29 47 34 34 190
38 3731 Mayhem Andy Jones Maddie Jones Burghfield 42 36 35 40 37 190
39 3772 Velella Phil Emery Karen Emery WYC 38 51 40 33 33 195
40 3751 Strings Attached Mark Barwell Louise Johnson Lymington town 34 40 38 39 44 195
41 3675 White Saucerer Mike Fenwick Penny Fenwick Weymouth 26 32 39 50 50 197
42 3735 Clones Wars Julian Parry Bekka Jones Hollingworth 72/BFD 27 34 32 35 200
43 3564 Avalon Sunset Rob Kennaugh Abi Spurr Midland 30 43 27 29 72/DNS 201
44 3547 Moon Dance Assassin Tim Male Rebecca Male Blithfield 37 23 51 51 49 211
45 3730 Blood Sweat and Beers Paul Hollis Liese Scott Blithfield 36 60 48 41 38 223
46 3683 Bluebird Ben Jones Helen Hilditch Shoreham 41 47 50 44 46 228
47 3771 Skip Laurie Smart Richard Pausey Upper Thames 43 50 72/RET 31 39 235
48 3767 One Love Sam Thompson Ben Archer Parkstone 72/BFD 37 31 72/DNC 29 241
49 3692 Nemo Steve Mitchell Julie Nuttall WYC 31 39 72/RET 59 40 241
50 3672 Bola Bola John Cooper Hilary Bradshaw WYC 20 30 49 72/DNS 72/DNS 243
51 3744 Mylo Xyloto Chris Martin Joe Tosh Midland 72/BFD 53 30 46 45 246
52 3719 Fluff n Stuff Jeremy Deacon Alex Pausey Cookham Reach 40 38 53 48 72/DNS 251
53 3734 The Black Boat Philip Ashworth Alison Ashworth Weymouth 45 52 54 57 43 251
54 3648 Bang Tidy Antonio Wright Jamie Wright Shoreham 44 49 43 45 72/RET 253
55 3653 Artemis Andy Chapman Melissa Chapman Netley 39 33 72/RET 52 72/RET 268
56 3697 Too Dark-n-Stormy Richard Page Peter Page Hampton 48 56 45 49 72/RET 270
57 3644 Marlene Jonathan Bloice Philippa Bloice WYC 54 63 55 55 47 274
58 3518 Smoke Salmon Julian Harms Timothy Harms Midland 47 41 72/RET 53 72/RET 285
59 3625 Point Break Richard Bramley Leanne Hibberd Shoreham 51 62 72/RET 56 48 289
60 3706 Monkey Puzzle Charles Anderson Ani Ridley Hampton 49 46 52 72/RET 72/DNS 291
61 3574 Holy Grail John Donoghue David Collier Sully 52 59 56 58 72/RET 297
62 3624 Stab in the Dark Phil Mason Jamie Mason Blithfield 50 72/RET 72/RET 36 72/RET 302
63 3769 Disciple Graham Cranford-Smith Fiona Cranford-Smith Salcombe 72/BFD 48 46 72/RET 72/DNS 310
64 3463 Smoke on the water Abbey Zambinski Donna Hender WYC 72/BFD 57 72/RET 60 51 312
65 3319 Absolute Madness Richard Ledger Tom Bruton WYC 53 61 57 72/RET 72/RET 315
66 3607 The Fifth Element Mark Bugler Rimer Bugler Weymouth 72/RET 58 72/RET 47 72/RET 321
67 3555 Light Fantastic Ian Mackenzie Luke Tucker Blithfield 55 64 58 72/RET 72/DNS 321
68 3402 Hot Goblin Issie Bruton Tom Bruton WYC 56 65 72/RET 72/RET 72/DNS 337
69 3424 Purple Hayes Mark Fagg Ian Hender WYC 57 72/RET 72/RET 72/RET 72/DNS 345
70= 3315 Herbie Richard Davies Ian Wild WYC 72/DNS 72/DNC 72/DNC 72/DNS 72/RET 360
70= 3351 Gnome John Boorman Paul Fincham WYC 72/RET 72/DNC 72/DNC 72/RET 72/DNS 360

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