Results :: Draycote Water S.C. Nautilus Inland Championships

17/10/2015 18/10/2015


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With almost 50 teams attending the last of the 'big four' class events (the Nationals, Salcombe Week and Hampton Open Meeting) all the top guns were in attendance with the unfortunate absence of Nick Craig, Tom Stewart, and recently crowned National Champion Ben Saxton, who were all still recovering from the Endeavour just one week prior.

Racing format was 3 races on Saturday and 2 on Sunday, traditional triangle sausage courses with elapsed time of circa 50 minutes for the leaders.

Saturdays forecast was a North Westerly force 3 blowing straight off the tree lined shore opposite the club, providing some fruity gusts, cataclysmic holes and moderate shifts; perfect Inland conditions.

Race 1

After the obligatory general recall we started under black flag with all competitors behaving. Those who peeled off early and worked the right hand side of the course found themselves hitting the pressure first and gained an advantage in to the windward mark.

It was to be a Blithfield affair with Matt Biggs closely followed by Andy Davis who battled throughout the race, the places remained unchanged while further back Chris Gould had worked his way to third and almost caught the leading pair. Simon and Ally Potts showed good form following a fantastic season in their RS200 to finish fourth.

Race 2

Conditions as per race 1. With a small shift moments before the start, those at the pin end were favoured. Most teams tried to tack on to port while those with heads out the boat hung on a little further and took the man's shift as the wind went further left. Twinned with good boat speed Tim Fells, Chris Gould and Roger Gilbert were early front runners.

Mat Biggs and previous multiple Inlands winner Richard Whitworth both challenged but faded on the penultimate run having gybed off early. Roger took the bullet with Tim crossing the line only a few boat lengths back. Chris Gould and crew Chris Kilsby recorded another counter with a third and Richard Whitworth snatched a fourth.

Race 3

The wind swung slightly to the North leading the race officer to quickly and efficiently adjust the course. Those who started at the pin were rewarded with increased pressure up the left hand shore, effectively splitting the pack with those coming in from the right not looking very racey. The Chris' lead from start to finish, largely unchallenged. Jenny and Chris Dodds found the fast string and sizzled upwind to pass Andy Davis and Dave Winder to snatch second place.

Sunday dawned and analysis during launching suggested that Draycote Water Reservoir was not as warm as the Downham's hot-tub from the previous night antics, however, it had far fewer lemons and limes floating on the surface so that was at least a plus. Wind had swung further North and was more moderate with spinnakers only just filling.

Race 4

With all to pay for still it was interesting to see none of the front runners in the top ten at the first mark, in fact only one of the leading three teams made it in to the top twenty. Duncan Salmon sailing with daughter Harriet, won the committee end of the start and pinged the right hand corner, the wind went further right and they came in smelling of roses along with Julian Harms and James Wells also picking the shift.

As the race progressed some of the faster pairings starting to eat in to the leading pack, most noticeably David Winder crewed by Pippa Taylor and the ever wily Dan Alsop made the most of the patchy and shifty conditions. Duncan and Harriet held on to the lead by a mere boat length over David and Dan one further back in third.

Race 5

With Mat Biggs, Chris Gould and Andy Davis all having a shocker in the penultimate race (24th,20th and 19th respectively), it was all down to the final race. Mat reached the windward mark ahead of the pack to extend to the finish, rather crucially Chris Gould recovered from a moderate first beat to work his way to third, sufficient to take the overall win.

Further down the ranks Jenny and Chris Dodds scored their third top six of the day, thus raising them to fourth overall having put together an consistent second half of the series.

Our thanks go out to the club and all those who volunteered their time to put on a great weekends racing.

The class racing for 2015 culminates with the final Silver Tiller event at Blithfield this coming weekend (25th October) before the star studded prize-giving at Ranelagh SC on Saturday 7th November. For further info on tickets please email Frances Gifford on francesgifford(at)

By Alex Jackson


PosBoatSail NoClubHelmCrewR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1stGouldilocks3673Midland SCChris GouldChris Kilsby331‑20310
2ndPokin the Turtle3743BlithfieldMatthew BiggsJohn Hackett155‑24112
3rdKeyser Soze3684Blithfield SCAndy DavisAlex Warren283‑19215
4thThe Phantom Menace3611NottinghamJenny DoddsChris Dodds9‑1626522
Roger GilbertJames Stewart719‑10724
6thClone Wars3735HollingworthDavid WinderPippa Taylor‑181542425
7thFaithless3703ParkstoneRichard WhitwothAlex Jackson8469‑1227
8thFancy Liquor3764SalcombeTim FellsOli Wells122‑2251837
9thQuick Fix3691Axe YCMike CalvertJane Calvert‑1411813638
3761NorthamptonDave WadeBen Rayner1010127(DNC)39
11thPanther3774Lyme RegisJon TurnerRichard Parslow‑2061381744
12thWild Card3656SalcombeOlly TurnerHamish Kilburn‑25127171349
13thOkey Dokey3712BurghfieldSimon PottsAlly Martin4914‑292451
14thShiny3770Haying islandDave HayesJonny Ratcliffe13171014‑2154
15thRobert3756ShorehamWilliam WarrennMark Oakey5131126‑3255
Caroline CroftLucy Burn6‑4223181663
17thSalmon en Croute3702WembleyDuncan SalmonHarriet Salmon24‑252611565
18thSnakey B3671BrightlingseaPiers LambertAndy Bines11192812‑3769
19thCarbon Footprint3716Blithfield SCSteve LeneyGill Leney16202115(DNC)72
20thThe Bear3766HamptonAndy DalbyAndrea Downham23241511‑3573
22ndThe Black Pearl3685ShorehamSophie MackleyJames Warren17‑2316221974
21stWild at Heart3709Upper ThamesTom LonsdaleSean Anderson‑29718212874
23rdPoint n Squirt3746BrightlingseaDan WilletPete Nicholson151420‑352776
24thPocket Rocket3566StarcrossJames WellsLiz Wells‑382727161079
25thGangsta Paradise3539Lyme RegisDan AlsopJennie King27‑373032281
26thHot Totty3676RaneaghFran GiffordChris Downham262619‑371182
27thWhy Ask?3740CookhamPat BlakeJilly Blake32‑343142086
28thZeno3659HollingworthJulian ParryRebecca Jones28221725‑3192
29thBack to the Future3583RedditchColin AndersonBen Eaves‑39323227898
30thDancing Brave3763WhitstableMark BarnesPhillipa Daniels3021‑37232599
31stArtemis3653NetleyAndy ChapmanMelissa Chapman312934‑369101
32ndHullabaloo3768Hayling IslandBen PalmerImogen Stanley‑3528293126113
33rdGeneral Lee3690HamptonTim HarridgeDavid Reid2131‑243038120
34thBarbera3448Loch LomondSam ThompsonLeanne Hibberd33‑41393323127
35thArbuckle3760Bartley SCMark ReddingtonColin Staite‑3633363229129
37thMinistry of Pleasure3634Fishers GreenRichard CoulterChristian Hill‑3735352836133
36thDominatrix3639BoltonAlan RobertsAlex Pilkington1918(DNC)DNCDNC133
38thGavadlax3575WembleyRichard CookeCharlotte Cotter4140(DNC)3914134
39thMylo Xyloto3744MidlandChris MartinGeorge Crabtree2236(dnf)34DNC140
40thNeedlemakers3610SwarkestoneSam HirstCarl Martin‑4039254039142
41stJupiter3651WembleyColin BrockbankKatie Wright343033(DNC)DNC145
42ndSmoked Salmon3518MidlandJulian HarmsSam Harms42‑46383830147
Jon Steward
44thHeavy Artillery3482BlithfieldHenry MasonBelinda Mason(BFD)45DNC4134168
45thQuidditch3597Fishers GreenMo AllenNathan Allen4444(DNC)4340171
46thHeaven Sent3511HamptonAndrew MillsEllie Mills4343(DNC)DNCDNC182
47thShadowplay3586BlithfieldKeiron MasonGeorge Mason45(dnc)DNCDNCDNC189


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