News Home Video Gallery Photo Gallery : Noble Marine Solo Winter Championships

Noble Marine Solo Winter Championships

'Grafham SC'    icon
Noble Marine Solo Winter Championships 45 hardy Solo Sailors arrived at Grafham to be greeted with an icy northerly breeze that seemed capable of cutting through to the bone, to enjoy three back to back races.

The wind strength was a good force 2, enough to get them working and to keep warm, without being too silly. In fact competitors were warned at the briefing that the water temperature was barely above freezing, so there was no point in capsizing to get warm! Only one sailor actually put that to the test, and as it was me, I can assure you the water was indeed very cold!

Despite admitting to not sailing since the Solo Inland Championships in September, Charlie Cumbley proved that sailing a solo was just like riding a bike, (well for him anyway) and promptly won both of the first two races by considerable margins. Then , in his own words, he abandoned the fleet for a hot shower as his soft souther pinkies couldn't take the cold anymore.

Ian Pinnell was to take second spot in the first race, with Chris Brown third and Simon Potts fourth, whilst in the second race, Andy Davies was to take second, Simon Potts third, and Chris Brown fourth.

With Charlie splashing around in the shower, Tony Cooper came through, in a slightly stronger breeze, to take the final race, with Andy Davies second again, Ewan Birkin-Walls from Graffham, came third, and Neil Wilkinson fourth.

Our thanks to Grafham for another well run and good humoured event, even the 'Killer Shrimp' washing down went off pat at the end of the day!

1st Charlie Cumbley Teign Corinthian
2nd Andy Davis Blithfield SC
3rd Simon Potts RYA
4th Chris Brown RYA
5th Michael Sims Carsington SC
6th Tony Cooper King George SC
7th Vince Horey King George SC
8th Ewan Birkin-Walls Grafham
9th Ian Pinnell Northampton SC
10th Chris Gillard Sheffield Viking SC

1st Chris Gillard Sheffield Viking
2nd Nick Ralings HISC
3rd Nick Fisher Chew Valley

Grand Masters
1st Ray Collins Locks SC
2nd John Webster Carsington
3d David Moseley HISC

Team Trophy
King George SC

Website here

by Mike Ball


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

10:03 PM Sun 30 Jan 2011 GMT

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

News - USA and the World

HUD Vision: An interview with Afterguard Marine’s Alex Moret *Feature by David Schmidt, Sail-World USA Editor, Seattle

America's Cup: Expected de Ridder penalty should be reduced *Feature by Richard Gladwell/, Auckland, NZ

Congressional Cup - Victory for Taylor Canfield and crew by Rich Roberts (As Amended by ISAF),

2014 Halifax – Saint-Pierre Ocean Race by Patricia Nelder, Nova Scotia

Earth Day boater tips
Anna Tunnicliffe - from CrossFit to Extreme 40's
Charleston Race Week - Photos by Chris Howell
Image Gallery: Stratis SL33 flies on the Waitemata
Audi Melges 20- Sperry Topsider Charleston Race Week - Light final day
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - PSP Logistics prepares for USA
ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères - Crème of the crop to compete
Congressional Cup: Luna Rossa makes podium in first event
Int 14 World Championships 2015 launch new event website
International Optimist Regatta Clinic and Team Race - Register now!
Congressional Cup: World top rankers finish that way in Long Beach
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week Day 3 finale
America's Cup: Gino Morrelli outlines the new AC62 design
Doyle Sails New Zealand signs Andrew Brown as One Design Manager
America's Cup: Dean Barker's Blog - A sail with the Duke and Duchess *Feature
29er World Youth Sailing Week Easter regatta - Day 1 and 2 overall
C Thomas Clagett Jr Memorial Clinic/Regatta - Entries start to roll in
50th Congressional Cup: See the delayed coverage and media conferences
Clipper Race 10 Day 27: Closing stages - Qingdao to San Francisco
Canfield, Williams, Bruni, Swinton in Congressional Cup final four
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week - Day 2   
Audi Melges 20 Charleston Race Week - Perfect conditions in Charleston   
Oyster Regatta Antigua - Full on ocean conditions for day 3   
PWA World Tour - A taste of things to come at La Torche + Video   
Women's International Match Racing Series kicks off in June   
Melges 32 Audi Tron Sailing Series - Action shots by Max Ranchi   
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Frustrating conditions   
Man rescued after falling overboard in Pacific taken to hospital   
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week 2014 - Youth leading Melges 20   
Congressional Cup - Canfield leads toward Congressional Cup sailoffs   
Sperry Top-Sider Charleston Race Week 2014 - Perfection for Day 1   
America's Cup: Coutts claims ISAF Jury on a crusade, backs Kiwi report *Feature   
Clipper Round the World Yacht Race - Will light winds hamper progress?   
Les Voiles de St. Barth - Preparing to rock Saint Barthélemy waters   
Clipper Round the World Race - OneDLL and Qingdao now in San Francisco   
America's Cup: Emirates Team NZ up against funding hurdle for year *Feature   
Melges 32 Sailing Series Napoli - Day 1 images by Stefano Gattini   
50th Congressional Cup: View the Live racing here   
Melges 32 Sailing Series - Napoli action shots by Max Ranchi   
Volvo Ocean Race - Team Alvimedica launch new boat   

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.