News Home Cruising Photo Gallery Video Gallery : National 12s at Salcombe – Sunnier than the Summer

National 12s at Salcombe – Sunnier than the Summer

John and Mandy Thornton won the Salcombe YC Natioinal 12 Open Meeting, held over a very sunny weekend on the 11 and 12 October. The very light and tricky breeze over the two days meant that at least three boats had a chance of winning the event going into the final race.

Thirteen National 12s, including six visitors, met in Salcombe for a very sunny weekend on the 11 and 12 October. The first race was held after lunch on Saturday. The flooding tide and attendant sea breeze gave the fleet a choice of which side to take up the first beat.

The beach side took the advantage with Paradigm Shift (Dave Peacock & Tricia Wood) rounding the windward mark in the lead, followed by Happy Hour (John Meadowcroft & Jenny Wilson). The long run back down the estuary and through the bag allowed Monkey Business (Jon Ibbotson & Andy Douglas), Zippy (Fran Gifford & Sophie Mackley) and Full Monty (John & Mandy Thornton) to catch the leaders.

Eventually it was the Full Monty who managed to round the leeward mark first. They managed to hold the lead for the next couple of marks of the estuary tour before being overtaken on the last leg of the shortened course by Monkey Business. Paradigm Shift held onto 3rd.

Sunday dawned shrouded in mist, but this lifted before the scheduled start to reveal a good offshore wind. The majority of the fleet chose to start by the beach to give a long starboard tack, but a large lift allowed Full Monty and Zippy who started in the middle of the line to take a good lead up to the windward mark, rounding in that order with Happy Hour (with Katy Meadowcroft crewing) in 3rd.

After that the race changed as the sea breeze tried to establish itself. A number of doldrums and random wind shifts carried the fleet slowly out of the estuary towards a missing buoy. After some confusion the fleet all rounded the same mark to finish the course with Zippy taking the honours (on Fran’s birthday), followed by Full Monty and then Paradigm Shift.

One race to go, and a very even results sheet meant that at least 3 boats had a chance of winning the event. A very light and tricky breeze didn’t prevent Happy Hour from getting away to a great start, rounding the windward mark ahead of Monkey Business and Full Monty. They extended their lead to the 2nd buoy, but on the way back down the estuary those 3 boats closed back up.

Up the beat back past the race hut Full Monty managed to get ahead of Monkey Business down the beach side of the estuary, but Happy Hour looked to be travelling well up the town bank. It looked like Happy Hour had made a great decision, but lost the wind getting to the buoy allowing Full Monty to round first.

There was further place swapping before the finish, but the Full Monty regained the lead on the fetch to the finish allowing them to take the race and the weekend. Monkey Business held off Zippy to get 3rdin the race, and 2nd overall.

National 12 - Leading Final results

N3443 John & Mandy Thornton The Full Monty Henley Sailing Club
N3494 Jon Ibbotson & Andy Douglas Monkey Business Oxford & Cambridge SS
N3431 Fran Gifford & Sophie Mackley Zippy Aldeburgh YC
N3515 John & Katy Meadowcroft Happy Hour Henley Sailing Club

by Jon Thornton


Click on the FB Like link to post this story to your FB wall

11:00 AM Sat 18 Oct 2008 GMT

Click here for printer friendly version
Click here to send us feedback or comments about this story.

Click for further information on

Related News Stories:

10 Dec 2013  Abersoch Dinghy Week 2014 - Title sponsors announced
09 Dec 2013  OK Dinghy World Rankings for December 2013
16 Jun 2013  PWA Catalunya World Cup - Celebrating 15 years of Costa Brava action
16 Jun 2013  Route des Princes - Edmond de Rothschild victorious in Lisbon
16 Jun 2013  Contender World Championship - 174 entries and still counting
16 Jun 2013  Panerai Classic Yachts Challenge – Day 2 in Porto Santo Stefano
16 Jun 2013  NYYC Annual Regatta – J sailing talent to take part
25 Apr 2013  Jorgen Svendsen retains OK Dinghy World 2013 number one ranking
07 Mar 2013  Finn Class partners Dinghy Academy to train next Olympians
03 Mar 2013  RYA Dinghy Show - Glanfield and Patience launch Rio 2016 campaign

News - USA and the World

Audi Melges 20 World Championship - Alessandro Rombelli's 'STIG' leads by International Audi Melges 20 Class Association,

Aldo Alessio Regatta - Three days of tight racing by Erik Simonson, Pressure-Drop.US,

Sailing Champions League - which is Europe's best sailing club? by Dan Ibsen & the Sail-World team, Copenhagen

Weta fun at the Wine & Roses Regatta by Bruce Fleming, Santa Barbara

PWA Alacati World Cup - Furious slalom is upon us
J/111 World Championships - The Winner is Shmokin Joe!
J/24 US National Championship - Victory for Will Welles’ Cougar
Extreme Sailing Series: View the Final Day's action - Replay
NYYC Grandmasters Team Race - Reign continues for Noroton Yacht Club
WSSR announces new World Record Around Britain and Ireland
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Final day photos by Tim Wilkes
2014 Detroit Cup - Morvan wins
Newport Bucket Regatta 2014 -Images by George Bekris
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Final report: USA qualifies for Rio 2016
Extreme Sailing Series: Absent With-Out Leave – Ben Ainslie Racing
2014 IFDS World Championship - New champions claim medals
2014 IFDS World Championships - Sunday’s race images by Tim Wilkes
Shark World Championships underway in Toronto
Anna Tunnicliffe: Alinghi second o'all - Extreme Sailing Series, Day 3
Formula Kite World Championships - Nocher and Bridge crowned Champions
Emirates Team NZ: Frustrating Day 3 in Extreme Sailing Series, Cardiff
Extreme Sailing Series: Light winds help The Wave Muscat - Day 3
Extreme Sailing Series 2014 Act five - Absent without leave – the wind
IFDS Worlds 2014 - Images: Race day five
Herreshoff Classic Regatta 2014 - Images by Ingrid Abery   
Youth Olympics - Gold to Argentinean and Chinese Techno 293 racers   
Youth Olympics Games Nanjing - Double Youth Olympic Gold for Singapore   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race 2014 - Two Handers celebrate   
Audi Melges 20 U.S. National Championship 2014 - Brazilian dance party   
IFDS Disabled Sailing Worlds Day 5 - USA fighting for Rio 2016 Berths   
J/111 World Championship 2014 - Day 4: Shmokin Joe consolidates lead   
Anna Tunnicliffe: Alinghi on top - Extreme Sailing Series, Day 2   
2014 IFDS World Championships - Breezy frustrations   
2014 Detroit Cup - Down to the final four   
Sevenstar Round Britain and Ireland Race - Every finisher's a winner   
2014 49er, 49er FX, Nacra 17 U.S. National Championship - Day 2   
J/24 US National Championship - Will Welles leaps into lead   
J/111 World Championships - Day 3   
Extreme Sailing Series Act 5 – Day 2   
Light wind and a freak storm at Youth Olympic Sailing Competition   
31st Audi Hamilton Island Race Week - Declared 'best ever'   
2014 IFDS World Championships - Aussies on fire   
2014 IFDS World Championships - Saturday’s racing images by Tim Wilkes   
2014 IFDS World Championships - Day 5 images by Jude Robertson   

For this week's complete news stories select    Last 7 Days
   Search All News
For last month's complete news stories select    Last 30 Days
   Archive News  

Switch Default Region to:

Social Media





New Zealand

United Kingdom

United States

Cruising Northern

Cruising Southern

MarineBusiness World

PowerBoat World

FishingBoating World






Contact Us

Advertisers Information

Submit news/events

Search Stories/Text


Advertisers Directory

Newsletter Archive

Photo Gallery


Banner Advertising Details

Newsletter Subscribe

Video Gallery





Privacy Policy



Cookie Policy



This site and its contents are © Copyright TetraMedia and/or the original author, photographer etc. All Rights Reserved.  Photographs are copyright by law.  If you wish to use or buy a photograph contact the photographer directly.
LocalAds   DE  ES  FR  IT