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18 Foot Skiff UK National Championship day 2 - Stunning conditions

by Ben Clothier on 29 Aug 2011
Day 2 - UK 18 Foot Skiff National Championship 2011 Georgie Clarke
18 Foot Skiff UK National Championship, hosted by Watersport Academy, is being held on Poole Harbour from 27th to 29th August 2011.

All eight skiffs were greeted with a stunning morning at Sandbanks. Sunny, moderate conditions, with breeze from the west enabled the Jon Gorringe and his Parkstone Yacht Club race management team to move the course close into the shore to give spectators a better view of the racing. The lighter conditions, resulted in a unanimous decision for big rigs which teams had given a serious shakedown in the heavy weather sailing yesterday.


Race one: The start was committee boat biased with Pica winning the start and Investec to leeward. At the top mark it was Pica rounding first, closely followed by Investec, then HPF who were rolled by Hydesails whilst hoisting. Investec worked hard to gain advantage on Pica but although close weren’t able to break through into the lead. Pica were finding their form in the lightening conditions. Positions were unchanged for the remainder of the race. Pica first, Investec second, hydesails third and Carsington fourth.


Race two: Pica lead to top mark, ahead of Investec then Hydesails and Carsington. Darkening clouds on the horizon finally brought the squall they threaten, breezing up to top end of the big rig conditions. Downwind Pica and Investec got caught under the gate layline due to the increase in pressure and the change in direction. Both boats two sail reached in to the gate, Investec went for a two sail gybe, but left the helm, Mason Woodworth, behind in the process. The drama continued at the front of the fleet when, at the same time due to the conditions, Pica opted for a round turn and capsized in the process allowing Hyde Sails into the lead. Unbelievably their tackline got jammed out forcing a Hydesails to also capsize, further handing on the lead, but this time to Carsington. Pica recovered quickly and started hauling in Carsington who were, as best they could, making like the proverbial ferret. Positions ending up with Pica first, Carsington second, Investec third and Hydesails fourth.


Race three: After the rainsquall and course change the racing got back under way in light conditions. Pica went for the Pin with KKT as a match race start ensued for the favoured end of the line. The left hand side proved the favoured side finding Pica in lead by the windward mark followed by Investec, Carsington and KKT. Due to the shift it became a procession downwind, tight reaching with spinnakers into the gate, KKT capsized allowing HPF and Hydesails into fourth and fifth. By the leeward mark Investec performed a great last minute drop to take the lead up the beat. The leading boats split tacks and as they came together Pica rolled Investec despite Investec’s valiant attempt at a leebow tack. On the second downwind Pica lead Investec, then Carsington, HPF, followed by Hydesails. Hydesails finally pulled through HPF moving into fourth. In a last push Hyde’s caught and overtook Carsington up the final beat, however Carsington dug deep, picking good shifts downwind to retake the third by the finish. Hydesails fourth with HPF fifth.


After racing the Watersport Academy hosted a fantastic BBQ overlooking the beach with skiff sized sundowners and food. Extended visitors and guests doubled the number of people in the teams and included friends and family as well as some well known personalities on the international circuit, John McKenna and Andy Budgen. A good time was had by all into the small hours.

Results:

Rank

Tally

Boat

Sail No

Club

Helm Name

Crew Name

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

R6

Total

Nett

1st

1

Pica

92

RCYC / Stone SC

Jamie Mears

Stewart Mears / Tristan Matt

1.0

2.0

(9.0 DNF)

1.0

1.0

1.0

15.0

6.0

2nd

2

Carsington

40

Carsington SC

Richard Allen

Richard Bland / Peter Shaw

3.0

1.0

(9.0 DNF)

4.0

2.0

3.0

22.0

13.0

3rd

3

Investec

30

Watch Hill YC

Mason Woodworth

Simon Hamilton / Jon Noonan

2.0

(9.0 DNF)

9.0 DNC

2.0

3.0

2.0

27.0

18.0

4th

4

Hyde Sails

53

West Mersea YC

Jack Grogan

Mike Banks / Sam Caslin

(9.0 DNF)

3.0

9.0 DNF

3.0

9.0 DNF

4.0

37.0

28.0

5th

7

HPF

43

Hayling Island SC

Steve McLean

Nick Pratt / Simon Eatwell

(9.0 DNS)

9.0 DNF

9.0 DNC

5.0

4.0

5.0

41.0

32.0

6th

5

KKT

11

UKCCOA

Tom Kiddle

Stu Tinner / Matt Kiddle

4.0

(9.0 DNF)

9.0 DNC

8.0

9.0 DNC

6.0

45.0

36.0

7th

6

Aftica / Severn Sails

16

Cardiff Bay Yacht Club

Mark Watts

Dave Freemantak / Marc Humphries

5.0

(9.0 DNF)

9.0 DNC

7.0

9.0 DNF

9.0 DNC

48.0

39.0

8th

8

Rutland Skiff

29

Rutland SC

Tom Hill

Miguel Andrew / Mark Kudlinski

(9.0 DNS)

9.0 DNF

9.0 DNC

6.0

9.0 DNF

9.0 DNC

51.0

42.0


The story so far - UK Grand Prix leader board:

Team

Sail No.

Helm

Crew

Club

Rd1

Rd2

Rd3

Rd4

Pts

Posn

Pica

GBR92

Jamie Mears

Stuart / Tristan

Stone SC

1

1

-

-

2.0

1st

Investec

GBR30

Mason Woodworth

Jon / Simon

Datchet SC

2

2

-

-

4.0

2nd

Hyde Sails

GBR53

Jack Grogan

Mike / Sam

West Mersea YC

3

4

-

-

7.0

3rd

HPF

GBR43

Steve McLean

Nick / Stu

Hayling Island SC

4

3

-

-

7.0

3rd

Aftica

GBR16

Mark Watts

Dave / Alex

Cardiff Bay YC

5

5

-

-

10.0

5th

Rutland Skiff

X

Tom Hill

Michael / Ben

Rutland SC

6

5

-

-

11.0

6th







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