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OK Inlands at Northampton SC


Despite the generally very light winds, Northampton Sailing Club provided a fitting battle of former champions for the 2013 OK Dinghy Inland Championship. Nick Craig was the favourite to take a seventh title, but didn't have it all his own way with former world champion Jim Hunt still looking for his first UK title and recent National Champion Robert Deaves going for the double. Meanwhile, the current inland champion Terry Curtis didn't show much of the form that has won him a pile of titles over the past decade.

Saturday's racing took place with the wind coming across the reservoir with short sharp beats with huge shifts and pressure differences. Craig was the early leader in race one, trading penalty turns with Hunt. Hunt took the lead after Craig spun at the fourth top mark and led to the finish, with Craig recovering to pass Simon Cox on the final reach. Race two was even shiftier with Hunt and Deaves benefiting nicely from a tactical gybe to escape the melee at the first top mark and sailing away from the fleet. As they extended, Craig found a way through and caught Hunt on the final lap, though Deaves had extended for a comfortable win.

After a short break for lunch, conditions deteriorated still further and the course was moved closer to the club to give some better spectator value. There were moments any racing looked very unlikely, but the PRO stayed patient and was rewarded with one and a half good races in 4-6 knots. Craig sailed away with race three, with Deaves a clear second throughout. A long way back, Hunt extricated himself from a sizeable chasing pack on the penultimate reach as the wind came from all directions.

Race four was lighter still and was shortened on the second lap as the wind disappeared. Craig and Hunt were well out in front with their own private battle, while Deaves recovered from a poor first beat to sneak third on the finish line.

Sunday dawned windless and misty and a one hour postponement ensued before the fleet was sent out in what turned out to be the best wind of the weekend, as well as being down the length of the reservoir providing longer upwind legs. Craig and Hunt continued their private dual at the front, barely more than a few boatlengths apart for the duration of race five. Craig took his third win by very narrow margin to seal the series with Hunt second and Alex Scoles in third. Hunt could now do no better, or worse, than second and a fifth for Deaves cemented his third overall.

With nothing to play for in the final race, there were some different faces up front as the breeze increased to 10-12 knots. Burp Burton, sailing his recently rebuilt and renovated GBR 2042, led early on was was pushed hard by Simon Cox, who eventually took the lead on the second beat to win. Terry Curtis and Hunt also passed Burton when he went too far left on the final beat. The race was shortened on the run which caused considerable confusion as the committee boat was a long way from the mark.

So Craig was the deserving OK Dinghy Inland Champion for the seventh time, with Hunt still looking for that first UK title. The current enthusiasm and growth in class numbers bodes well for 2014 as the UK class prepares to send a full team to the Europeans in Germany and a more select team to the Worlds in Melbourne.

The 2013 Travellers Trophy was also presented at the weekend, using results from last years Inlands through all the events this year so far. Simon Davis took a well deserved win, while Deaves and Burton were tied for second. An impressive 85 boats took part in at least one event during the series.

Results as of 11:50 on October 7, 2013

Overall

Sailed: 6, Discards: 1, To count: 5, Entries: 27, Scoring system: NSC OK Inlands 2013

Rank

Tally

SailNo

HelmName

Club

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

R6

Total

Nett

1st

2

2150

Nick Craig

Frensham/Lee

2.0

2.0

1.0

1.0

1.0

(5.0)

12.0

7.0

2nd

16

2162

Jim Hunt

 

1.0

(3.0)

3.0

2.0

2.0

3.0

14.0

11.0

3rd

18

2138

Robert Deaves

 

5.0

1.0

2.0

3.0

5.0

(28.0 DNF)

44.0

16.0

4th

21

2151

Simon Cox

Waldingfield S C

3.0

(28.0 DNF)

5.0

9.0

8.0

1.0

54.0

26.0

5th

15

2118

Terry Curtis

 

4.0

10.0

6.0

(28.0 OCS)

13.0

2.0

63.0

35.0

6th

13

2116

Ed Bradburn

South Staffs S C

6.0

6.0

10.0

11.0

(14.0)

7.0

54.0

40.0

7th

3

2145

Tony Woods

Glossop S C

8.0

11.0

4.0

(12.0)

11.0

8.0

54.0

42.0

8th

19

2120

Daniel Ager

Waldringfield S C

9.0

9.0

12.0

5.0

9.0

(15.0)

59.0

44.0

9th

1

2147

Alex Scoles

Overy Staithe S C

(17.0)

12.0

9.0

14.0

3.0

14.0

69.0

52.0

10th

17

2042

Richard Burton

West Oxford S C

13.0

18.0

7.0

(28.0 OCS)

10.0

4.0

80.0

52.0

11th

20

2121

Anthony Rich

West Oxford S C

14.0

(21.0)

11.0

4.0

7.0

16.0

73.0

52.0

12th

26

2136

Tom Lonsdale

NSC

(28.0 DNC)

4.0

8.0

28.0 OCS

4.0

17.0

89.0

61.0

13th

6

2100

Toby Ramesy

Dabchicks S C

(22.0)

16.0

13.0

7.0

17.0

10.0

85.0

63.0

14th

7

2163

Gavin Waldron

 

12.0

8.0

18.0

(19.0)

15.0

11.0

83.0

64.0

15th

8

2159

Norman Bird

NSC

18.0

7.0

(28.0 OCS)

28.0 DNC

6.0

9.0

96.0

68.0

16th

14

2135

W Bradburn

 

15.0

5.0

15.0

15.0

21.0

(23.0)

94.0

71.0

17th

11

2129

Alan Atkin

Burghfield S C

11.0

14.0

(19.0)

10.0

18.0

19.0

91.0

72.0

18th

9

2155

Bob Bourne

UpRiver Y C

16.0

17.0

14.0

13.0

(23.0)

12.0

95.0

72.0

19th

10

2157

Dave Bourne

 

10.0

15.0

16.0

(28.0 DNC)

12.0

28.0 DNF

109.0

81.0

20th

24

2082

Christopher Murray

West Oxford S C

(24.0)

20.0

21.0

6.0

19.0

18.0

108.0

84.0

21st

22

2154

Simon Cowood

NSC

7.0

13.0

20.0

16.0

(28.0 DNC)

28.0 DNC

112.0

84.0

22nd

25

2130

Deryck Lovegrove

Burghfield S C

19.0

22.0

17.0

18.0

(24.0)

13.0

113.0

89.0

23rd

4

2137

Simon Shaw

Deben Y C

20.0

(23.0)

23.0

17.0

20.0

20.0

123.0

100.0

24th

5

1728

Tom Lee

Burghfield S C

21.0

19.0

(24.0)

21.0

22.0

21.0

128.0

104.0

25th

23

2028

Finn Ghevry

Datchet Water S C

25.0

(28.0 DNF)

28.0 OCS

8.0

16.0

28.0 OCS

133.0

105.0

26th

12

2104

Paul Pike

Covenham S C

23.0

24.0

22.0

20.0

(25.0)

22.0

136.0

111.0

27th

 

2141

 

 

(28.0 DNC)

28.0 DNC

28.0 DNC

28.0 DNC

28.0 DSQ

6.0

146.0

118.0


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