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Inaugural Ullswater Ultimate 2019 at Ullswater Yacht Club

by Sue Giles 19 Aug 2019 07:33 PDT 17-18 August 2019
Saturday start at the Ullswater Ultimate © Tim Olin /

Ullswater Yacht Club's 'ultimate' racing weekend on August 17 and 18, the last qualifying event in the Great British Challenge series, was a wild and windy success.

The first ever Ullswater Ultimate had an entry of 34 boats from all over the country and the competitors enjoyed six challenging and exciting races over the two days in which the wind blew constantly with gusts of more than 25mph.The Ultimate attracted a wide range of different classes from Lasers and asymmetrics to Flying Fifteens and cruisers, racing with average lap times using the Great Lakes Handicap system. The club was also pleased to welcome two Challengers dinghies from Rutland SC to the event. They completed all the races on both days, a great showcase for the class's stability and performance.

To give everyone more of a chance, race officer David Clarke set three different courses for the three races on Saturday and Sunday, a trapezoid, a triangle and windward/leeward. There were five different race winners and several boats in contention for the overall prize right up to the final race.

Race one was on a trapezoid course with the start line near the North end of the lake. In the South Westerly wind, the windward leg was straight down the lake and the second mark was in front of the clubhouse giving spectators a great view of the action. Matty and James Lyons of UYC in a 49er took an early lead and did three laps while the rest of the fleet completed two. The winners on handicap were Chris Pickles and Matt Sharman of Bassenthwaite SC in an RS400, Richard and Bradley Green, also in an RS400, from Yorkshire Dales SC were second.

With a fixed start/finish line, the racers were pleased with the quick turnaround as the wind kept up with some vicious gusts. This time it was the triangular course, the race again lasting around 30 minutes, and the fastest boats completed three laps, with the rest of the fleet finishing at two. Winner of race two was Jono Shelley of UYC in a Musto Skiff and again the father and son Green team in an RS400 were second. After a break for lunch, the final race of the day was a windward/leeward course and the Lyons's 49er came into its own, completing four laps of the course and winning on handicap.

Overnight Pickles/Sharman were in the lead, with a 1,2,3 but it was still all to sail for on Sunday which brought more of the same wind from the same direction with the same white horses but this time accompanied by rain, rain, rain. A slightly smaller fleet set off on the trapezoid course for race four as breakages and fatigue took their toll. The winner of race four was Jono Shelley with second place taken by another team in the mix, Tim Whitehead and Joe Pester of UYC in a 3000.

The 3000 was again up there in race five, the triangle, taking first place on handicap and Josh Moran of UYC in a Musto Skiff was second. Coming into the final deciding race of the event, the wind eased slightly and became more shifty. The winner of the windward/leeward course was Jono Shelley and second was Graham Hall of Rutland SC in a Challenger. But a fourth place in the final race and consistency all weekend, they were never lower than fourth, won Pickles/Sharman in their RS400 the overall event. Richard and Bradley Green, newcomers to the RS400, were second overall and Jono Shelley in a Musto Skiff, was third.

The inaugural Ullswater Ultimate was a great success thanks to the wind gods providing strong South Westerlies all weekend but also to a huge team of volunteers from UYC who gave up their weekend's sailing to make it happen.

The next event in the Great British Sailing Challenge is the Grand Final at Rutland Sailing Club on 28 & 29 September. Chris Pickles/ Matt Sharman's victory at the Ullswater Ultimate earns them an invite along with other qualifiers from the season. There will also be a number of Wild Card entries who will be invited to compete in the Final of the inaugural GBSC season.

GBSC Calendar 2018/19:

Fernhurst Books Draycote Dash, Draycote Water Sailing Club - 17 & 18 November 2018
Datchet Flyer, Datchet Water Sailing Club - 8 & 9 December 2018
Brass Monkey, Yorkshire Dales Sailing Club - 27 December 2018
John Merricks Tiger Trophy, Rutland Sailing Club - 2 & 3 February 2019
Oxford Blue, Oxford Sailing Club - 16 February 2019
King George Gallop, King George Sailing Club - 16 & 17 March 2019
Weston Grand Slam - 19 & 20 & 21 April 2019
Wilsonian River Challenge, Wilsonian Sailing Club - 1 & 2 June 2019
Bala Long Distance, Bala Sailing Club - 22 & 23 June 2019
Ullswater Ultimate, Ullswater Yacht Club - 17 & 18 August 2019
Grand Finals, Rutland Water Sailing Club - 28 & 29 September 2019

Ullswater Ultimate Results:

PosClassSail NoHelmCrewClubGL HcapR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1stRS4001283Chris PICKLESMatt SHARMANBassenthwaite953132‑43413
2ndRS4001351Richard GREENBradley GREENYorkshire Dales Sailing Club953224‑115316
3rdMusto Skiff526Jono SHELLEY Ullswater Yacht Club8465.51(DNS)19117.5
4thFlying 153537Dave GILESSue GILESUllswater Yacht Club102044364(DNS)21
5thMusto Skiff481Josh MORAN Ullswater Yacht Club846‑105632723
6thChallenger270Graham HALL Rutland Sailing Club116237‑857224
7th30003506Tim WHITEHEADJoe PESTERUllswater yacht club10851314‑16211040
8thRS100 8.4523Greg BOOTH Port Dinorwic1004‑19131176542
9thFlying 153891David SYKESJulie SYKESUllswater Yacht Club1020765820(DNS)46
10thChallenger281Jack ALDERDICE Rutland11625.5119(RET)101550.5
11thFireball14844Kath BROATCHJoy JAMESPort Dinorwic944128712‑221251
12thRS100 8.4503Nick HEATHER SWSC / RWYC1004‑2412101414656
13thRS2001068Martin SMITHBarbara SMITHDelph sc104911914(DNF)16959
14thRS200922Tom BURKEAlfie COGGERConiston104917‑2319912865
15thEnterprise22901Paul YOUNGJames GUY.Midland Sailing Club1151‑18171216111470
16thRS100 8.4147Aidan SKINNER Port Dinorwic SC1004‑2320211481376
17thRS2001076Ethan DAWSONJames ABBATTBassenthwaite Sailing Club104915.518(DNS)101518.577
18thLaser109064Phil NOAK Ullswater Yacht Club109915.5‑221517171781.5
19thRS100 8.4441John RICHARDSON Royal Windermere Yacht Club1004(DNF)251814131686
20thRS8001115Stuart KEEGANSophie JOHNSTONDRSC799(DNS)241318211187
21st49er343Matty LYONSJames LYONSUllswater Yacht Club6979101(DNS)DNSDNS90
22ndRS100 8.4526Mostyn EVANS Mounts Bay sailing Club10042126(DNF)201918.5104.5
23rd20002659Stephen POTTERKathryn POTTERUllswater Yacht Club11002721232118(DNS)110
24thSolo5723Alan BISHOP Girton Sailing Club1152815(DNS)DNSDNSDNS128
25thLaser Vago XD113Ben SHELLEYJamie SHELLEYLargs Sailing Club1071221620(DNS)DNSDNS128
26thSupernova1130Ed JOHNSON Girton Sailing Club1077202717(DNS)DNSDNS134
27thJ244254Terry TINNPierre LABATUllswater Yacht Club935(DNS)DNSDNS232320136
28thRS400719Anthony BLEASDALEMichael FORSTERGirton Sailing Club953(DNS)DNFDNS222421137
29thFlying 153946Chris MORANMartin SYKESUllswater Yacht Club10201419(DNF)DNSDNSDNS138
30thMusto Skiff432Edmund CLARKE Ullswater Yacht Club846(DNS)28DNF19DNFDNS152
31stCANOE INTERNATIONAL AC283John ROBSON Ullswater Yacht Club8442629(DNS)DNSDNSDNS160
32ndRS400505Richard BRAMELDTodd BRAMELDWelton953(DNS)DNS22DNFDNSDNS162
33rdKITE4Brian MORETONMike Smith / Bill BellUllswater Yacht Club113825(DNS)DNSDNSDNSDNS165
34thMusto Skiff448Callum FINDLAY Ullswater Yacht Club846(DNF)DNFDNFDNFDNSDNS175

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