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International 14 Stericker series at Itchenor Sailing Club

by Neale Jones 22 Jun 2018 03:06 PDT 17 June 2018

A small but very distinguished fleet of current and ex-POW champions turned up for the final days racing on Chichester harbour before boats are loaded into containers to go to the world championships in San Francisco, all looking to get a last indication of pace on an unusually breezy Chichester Harbour.

Race 1 started with a good 15-18 knot breeze from the South-West with a strong incoming tide. Andy & Rich and Neale & Ed opted to start on port to get more of a runway before the first tack, with multiple lead changes up the first beat the order at the first mark was Andy & Rich followed closely by Neale & Ed with Mark & Douglas not far behind. After a bad mark rounding by Andy & Rich, Neale & Ed took the lead and extended down the run to have a comfortable lead by the bottom mark and held this lead until the finish.

With a breakage on the first race from Andy & Rich only two boats were left however the lack of boats did nothing to dampen the competition, both boats again opted to start on port however with Neale & Ed this time getting a slightly better start. They were able to extend their lead through to the finish despite avoiding keelboats, weed and battling with large shifts.

More questions than answers? Maybe, but one thing is for sure the fleet are excited about the prospect of San Francisco and the championship is as open as ever with at least 4-5 British boats able to win the event before you include the challenges from Australia, Canada, Germany and the USA - it's going to be one exciting event!

Series Results:

PosSail NoBoatHelm CrewR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9Net
11561MarilynDouglas Pattison Mark TaitDNCDNC222122142
21530Smash ItAndy FitzGerald Richard DobsonDNCDNC33324DNF4DNF251
31553ScrumpetNeale Jones Ed FitzGerald12DNCDNCDNCDNC114DNF69
41557Amazing MasieN Ash K NurtonDNCDNC111DNCDNCDNCDNC93
51555RoxanneMartin Jones Adam LeesDNCDNC5644DNCDNCDNC94
61545The HoffJamie Reid Ed ClayDNCDNC4RET59DNFDNCDNCDNC103
71546Jungle FireCharles Duchesne Adam OvingtonDNCDNC84DNC3DNCDNCDNC105
81563PuffArchie Massey Harvey Hillary21DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC108
91531Eagle 2A Penman C WatsonDNCDNC65DNC9DNFDNCDNCDNC110
101523Tartan FrauleinKimball Morrison Jeremy FowkeDNCDNC78DNC5DNCDNCDNC110
111527Blue FirePhilip McDanell Luke Boughton33.5DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC111.5
121488ElizabethDominic Van Essen High MacleanDNCDNCDNCDNC66DNCDNCDNC117
131558DragonRobin Pascal Martin PascalDNCDNC97DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC121
141544PamelaAndy Shaw Rob StruckettDNC3.5DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC123.5

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