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UK 18ft Skiff Grand Prix – Round 2 at Calshot Activity Centre

by Ben Clothier on 6 May 2012
Pica - Round 2, Day 1, UK 18ft Skiff Grand Prix 2012 Declan O'Riordan & Eddie Aldridge
UK 18ft Skiff Grand Prix second round is being held at Calshot Activity Centre over the bank holiday weekend (5-7 May). Eight skiff teams entered on day one.

The bitterly cold Solent was gruelling enough for the regular day tripper let alone the few that had donned rubber suits for a day on the water.

The biting north easterly blew a consistent 14, gusting 16/17kts at times with some reasonable shifts making life challenging on a short windward leeward course with plenty of ragging the kite to make the downwind gate.


It was Pica that was to dominate the day posting three firsts. With LED, Ronstan and Young and Reckless hot on their heels at times. Ronstan, having made the trip down from Loch Lomond to enter their first 18 event put in an impressive first showing with two seconds and a third often being hotly pursued by Young and Reckless. This promises more close racing between these two teams as the rest of the weekends racing unfolds.

Mark Watts and his team on Aftica showed great pace having bought Jack Grogan's M18 to replace their old B18. They were no doubt happy with a third in the first race but had to retire through gear failure in the second. The Hyde team, having only taken delivery of their replacement boat from Europe weeks before, spent the day in the boat park putting things together.

Carsington and Gill were stretching their legs as crew work settled down getting into the mix during the first couple of laps A number of team members, mostly helms with the exception of the clearly indestructible crews Steward Mears and Matt Kiddle, enjoyed a session in the Calshot Activity Centres Velodrome. More learning although different types of corners!

The Calshot Activity Centre had a live band and hog roast lined up in the evening.

A full complement of eight boats is expected for Sunday's three starts. The last day of sailing will be Bank holiday Monday.

Results after three races:

 Pos

 Boat

SailNo

Helm

Crew

 Club

R1

R2

R3

Pts

1st

Pica

92

Jamie Mears

Stewart Mears / Tristan Hutt

Stone SC

1

1

1

3

2nd

Ronstan

12

Craig Hepplewaite

John Annan / Cammy Steele

Loch Lomond SC

2

2

3

7

3rd

LED

43

Steve McLean

Nick Murray / Tom Bruton

Hayling Island SC

4

RTD

2

14

4th

Young & Reckless 

30

Tom Hill

Miguel Andrew / Mark Kudlinski

Rutland SC

RTD

3

4

15

5th

Gill

11

Tom Kiddle

Matt Kiddle / Oscar Mead

GCYC / Calshot SC

5

4

RTD

16

6th

Aftica

52

Mark Watts

Marcelle Newbold / Alex Farr

Cardiff Bay Yacht Club

3

RTD

DNS

20

7th

Carsington

40

Richard Allen

Richard Bland / Peter Shaw

Carsington SC

RTD

RTD

5

21

8th

Hyde Sails

26

Jack Grogan

Mike Banks / Sam Caslin

West Mersea YC

DNS

DNS

DNS

27




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