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