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International 14 Walker Trophy at Itchenor SC overall

by Kimball Morrison on 20 Jul 2013
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Walker Trophy is a historic part of International 14 calendar, presented by president of US association, and first sailed in 1964. This year event was part of annual Dinghy Fest hosted by Itchenor Sailing Club, which saw racing by RS200s, 800s, and K6s as well the 14s, with a total of 40 boats on water.

Race officer for the weekend was Chris Fox, former International 14 world champion, and guru of Chichester Harbour. Four races were sailed each day on a short windward-leeward course, with an upwind gate, which formed an outside gate on the downwind leg. Competitors were blessed with absolutely stunning weather, with a very light gradient wind, to which was added a significant sea breeze.

Racing started on Saturday with a little under two hours of the flood tide still remaining. It also started very punctually, catching out that part of the fleet which had a relaxed approach to rigging. The wind was from the south west, force three. The first race went to Steve Fisher and Neil Barber, with Dominic van Essen and Simona Saccani, the Italian entry at the upcoming world championship in Toronto, sailing flawlessly to come in close behind.

For the second race, as the tide rose, it became apparent that the shallow ground on the Thorney side provided the quicker route to the windward mark. Kimball Morrison and Ed Dyer exploited this to round the windward mark first, followed by Ed Clay and David Knight, who then countered on the downwind leg making better use of the gusts coming off the Rookwood shore. Another trip far into the shallows on the Thorney side, saw Morrison / Dyer retake the lead upwind, and the second race.

For the third race, the wind picked up a bit, and swung slightly left, but the upwind tactics stayed the same. Downwind there remained a quandary as to whether to make an early gybe in order to get into the main flood tide channel, or to stay on the Rookwood shore and catch the gusts on that side. Clay / Knight had two excellent runs, and won the race.

By the start of the fourth race, the tide, had, in a sleepy sort of summer way, just started to turn, and the wind came back to its original heading. It became apparent that, despite being out of the ebb tide, the Thorney side retained extra pressure and was hard to beat upwind unless you were able to catch a good pair of shifts on the left. Fisher / Barber had a good first beat, and made no mistakes thereafter, to win closely ahead of Dan Holman and Jeremy Elliot who had had excellent boat speed all day.

In the evening at the club, there was a barbeque laid on for all competitors, which included a delicious homemade chimichurri sauce to go with the sausages! With the roads gridlocked in the entire Chichester / Witterings area because of the Festival of Speed and a sunny day for the beaches, the live band which followed, gave no excuses to the hit the road until late.

On Sunday, conditions on the water were very similar to the previous day, but initially the wind was a bit warmer and fluffier. The start was about an hour earlier on the tide, so virtually all the racing happened on the flood. The route up the shallows on the Thorney side, wasn’t an option until late in the day, particularly with the windward leg slightly shorter, and the windward mark nearer the Rookwood side.

Ed Clay and David Knight again showed good pace and tactics, but were closely followed by Mark Upton-Brown and Jon Blackburn. Both boats made gains running down the left hand side of the course. Clay / Knight held the lead to win the first race of the day.

Upton-Brown / Blackburn came to the fore in the second race, using the course perfectly. Katie Nurton and Nigel Ash had now found the groove, and were chasing hard to finish in second. The breeze picked up as the day went on, and so seemingly, did the size of the cruisers motoring up and down the harbour! The course had been well laid, and kept the racing boats out of the main channel for most of each round, and I can happily report there were no incidents.


Nurton / Ash showed everyone the way to go in the last two races, with Upton-Brown / Blackburn and Andy Penman / Chris Watson in close pursuit. Clay / Knight had an unfortunate capsize in the third race, but this wasn’t to affect their overall win for the weekend.The next event for the International 14s is the Hayling Hull on the weekend 27th / 28th July, followed shortly afterwards by packing the containers for Canada.

Place     Sail No     Helm Name            Crew Name                 Club                  Points
1st        1484       Ed Clay                       David Knight                Hayling Island      14.0
2nd       1523       Kimball Morrison          Ed Dyer                       Itchenor              18.0
3rd        1531      Andy Penman              Chris Watson                Itchenor              22.0
4th        1512      Steve Fisher                Neil Barber                   Hayling Island      24.0
5th        1519      David MacLean            Hugh MacLean               Itchenor              31.0
6th        1526      Mark Upton Brown       Jon Blackburn                Itchenor             43.0
7th        1488      Dominic Van Essen      Simona Saccani             Itchenor             43.0
8th        1520      Katie Nurton               Nigel Ash                      Itchenor              46.0
9th        1508      Colin Smith                Immi Smith                   Itchenor              50.0
10th      1515      Dan Holman               Jeremy Elliott                 Netley/Kinsale     55.0
11th      1546      Charlie Duchesne       Andy Handasyde-Dick     Itchenor              56.0
12th      1505      Phil McDanell             Lisa McDanell                 Itchenor              61.0
13th      1530      Andy Fitzgerald                                              Itchenor              69.0


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