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Noble Marine International Moth Grand Prix at Parkstone Yacht Club

by Jason Belben 25 Mar 2019 23:18 PDT 23-24 March 2019
Noble Marine International Moth Grand Prix at Parkstone © IMCA UK

A fleet of 22 International Moths turned out for the second Noble Marine Grand Prix event of the year at Parkstone Sailing Club, Poole over the weekend of 23rd & 24th March. After a winter of storms and difficult conditions it was good to see a forecast of sailable conditions for the whole weekend. A northerly breeze of force 2 meant that it was just sufficient to foil so the fleet were eager to get under way for effectively the first event of the year.

The first race Saw Ben Clegg showing good form throughout with a comfortable lead followed by Dan Ellis and Jason Belben. Ben then went for a port tack start on the second race to take him over to the left of the course by Brownsee Island while the rest of the fleet went right. The wind cut out on the right and the majority of the fleet fell to low riding mode while Ben foiled in on the lay line. His lead of almost a leg looked confirmed but the conditions and nature of Moth sailing meant this was not the case as he too came off the foils on the last run to allow Simon Hiscocks to foil from behind and take the race. So was the final race of the day of large 'Snakes and Ladders' as the wind became even more fickle. Jason took the race followed by Simon and Jim McMillian, who had put in consistent top three results throughout the day. The fleet came ashore as the breeze and water disappeared assembling for a curry and overnight stop at Rod's house.

Sunday started with a perfect spring day and a light Northwest wind, more than had been forecast. Jim showed his light weather talents to take the first race followed by Alex Adams. It was clear this was going to be a testing day with bands of pressure coming down the race course from either the left or the right side resulting in half the fleet staying on the foils whist the other came off. Jim and Dan Ellis showed good consistence throughout the day and without Simon able to sail the Sunday, confirmed podium positions. The wind picked up for the final race which became a duel between Jim and Jason, the latter winning but Jim's consistently wining the weekend.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7Pts
1st4533Jim McMillanStokes Bay SC3231‑64215
2nd4501Dan EllisYealm YC244‑922317
3rd4509Jason BelbenStokes Bay SC4513‑117121
4th4525Ben CleggBrightlingsea SC17‑191111526
5th3980Alex AdamsCastle Cove SC83‑12253627
6th4309Paul GliddonNetley SC66‑14438431
7th8Dan WardStokes Bay SC‑1285875740
8th4149Eddie BridleBrightlingsea SC7‑1010586844
9th4554Dave SmithwhiteHISC1314(RET)7411958
10th3169Brad GibsonMYA15‑18769151668
11th4541Jeremy HartleyStokes Bay SC14119‑1614101068
12th4386Simon HiscocksWPNSA512(DNC)DNCDNCDNC77
13th4435Rod HarrisParkstone YC111316‑181891178
14th3922Paddy GambleHISC‑191281916121784
15th4489Chris WhiteRestronguet SC20‑21181410141288
16th3945Chris Tilbrook 1616‑171212171588
17th3870Eddie GatehouseHISC‑1815111715131889
18th3943Richard EdwardsParkstone YC17‑20131317161389
19th4096Josie GliddonNetley SC996(DNC)DNCDNCDNC93
20th3944Phil BevanGrafham Water SC‑2119151513181494
21st4602James RossNetley SC1017(RET)DNCDNCDNCDNC119
22nd4589Adam GoldingHISC(DNS)DNSDNS10RETDNCDNC125

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