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UK 18ft Skiff Grand Prix Round 1 at Stone Sailing Club + Video

'Stone Beach - UK 18ft Skiff Grand Prix 2012'    Ben Clothier

UK 18ft Skiff Grand Prix Round 1 was held at Stone Sailing Club. Whilst the Australian 18ft skiff season finished last weekend on the other side of the world the new skiff season started. Six UK teams arrived in Essex to compete. On Saturday a mixed forecast contributed to a difficult rig choice with two of the six teams opting for smaller rigs.

In the first race most teams had some time in the lead as others had a few swims, mainly due to the gusty conditions and rusty crew work. Pica led for most of the course only to capsize on the last downwind leg. Carsington took their opportunity for a race win only to choke on the final gybe through the gate leaving the recovered Pica to take line honours.

The breeze continued to build up to 20kts for race two and teams, particularly those that had made the big rig choice, became fatigued. Hyde Sails managed to hook the windward mark resulting in some comical manoeuvres - leading to an inevitable dunking. As a result race two was an easier win for Pica.

The days' sailing was relived in the club house bar with a debrief amongst teams followed by dinner laid on by Stone Sailing Clubs new kitchen facilities. Eddie Aldridge organised a fascinating trip down memory lane with a talk by Ray and Alfie, who raced the first UK 18ft skiffs at Stone in the 70’s. The slide show proved just how much the boats have changed over the years, whilst some similarities of skiff sailing and its characteristics were still clearly evident.

Although Sunday morning was forecast to have a fading light breeze the Stone SC Race Management team did a fantastic job to get a further three races away. Race one started with a shifty first beat with lots of tacking through the middle of the course. A long overdue but convincing win concluded race one for the ever improving Hyde team skippered by Jack Grogan with Sam Caslin and Mike Banks. A team to watch at the next event when they will have their new boat.

The second race was set in a more consistent westerly breeze. Young and Reckless reached the top mark in third place, behind Pica and Hyde. The wind vanished, leaving them to the mercy of the tide which pushed them onto the mark allowing Carsington and HPF through. HPF sailed into a dead spot letting Young and Reckless through to fourth. But it was the Pica who won with Hyde Sails in second and Carsington in third.

The Aftica team in their older B18 showed fantastic pace off the line after a perfect start in race three. Good results will surely follow with their newer boat which is due to make an appearance this year. But it is was Young and Reckless that finally showed there form to post a second place with Pica taking another bullet.

Unsurprisingly the experienced team Pica, Stewart and Jamie Mears with Tristan Hutt, dominated the first event with four of five race wins, but the enthusiasm of newer teams combined with the friendly and helpful guidance of more experienced competitors, it now seems that many more boats are capable of a podium position on the UK Grand Prix. The top positions may well become harder to defend later in the season.

Many thanks to Stone SC and our sponsors:
Class Sponsors - Blue Sheets Marine Directory, Spartan Wetsuits, Ovington Boats and Action Cameras
Event sponsors - TDR Computers, The Dinghy Chandlery and Hyde Sails

Overall Results (1 Discard):

Rank

Boat

Sail
No

Club

Helm
Name

Crew
Name

R1

R2

R3

R4

R5

R6

Nett

1st

Pica

92

Stone SC

Jamie Mears

Stewart Mears / Tristan Hutt

1.0

1.0

-

(2.0)

1.0

1.0

4.0

2nd

Hyde Sails

52

West Mersea YC

Jack Grogan

Mike Banks / Sam Caslin

3.0

(9.0 DNF)

-

2.0

2.0

3.0

9.0

3rd

HPF

43

Hayling Island SC

Steve McLean

Nick Murray / Tom Bruton

2.0

2.0

-

3.0

(5.0)

4.0

11.0

4th

Carsington

40

Carsington SC

Richard Allen

Richard Bland / Peter Shaw

4.0

(9.0 DNS)

-

5.0

3.0

6.0

18.0

5th

Young & Reckless 

30

Rutland SC

Tom Hill

Miguel Andrew / Mark Kudlinski

(9.0 DNS)

9.0 DNS

-

4.0

4.0

2.0

19.0

6th

Aftica / Swordfish

16

Cardiff Bay Yacht Club

Mark Watts

Marcelle Newbauld / Alex Farr

7.0 DNF

(9.0 DNS)

-

6.0

6.0

5.0

24.0




Stone Beach - UK 18ft Skiff Grand Prix 2012 -  Ben Clothier  

UK 18 footer Class Association website


by Ben Clothier

  

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