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Hartley Boats Contender National Championship at Broadstairs SC - Day 3

by Ed Presley 8 Sep 2019 23:32 PDT 6-9 September 2019
Contender Nationals at Broadstairs © Broadstairs SC

After the liveliness of the previous day on the water the fleet were looking forward to a much more relaxed affair, unfortunately the wind came up to 22knt with 2m sea at just about race time. On hearing this news the sailors took on plenty of fluids and ibuprofen.

Out on the course the wind was quite strong but manageable but with a big sea just for fun.

Race one of the day had some pin bias but just the one recall. Both Simon Mussell and Ben Holden made the best of it at the 1st mark with not much changing downwind. Richard Batten caught up and took second by the 2nd round with Ed Presley making gains on the left to get into 3rd.

Simon never looked worried and brought it home with Richard 2nd and Jonex doing his consistency thing in 3rd.

For the second race, a touch less wind made getting over the waves more tricky, Ed Presley lead out of the blocks with Stuart Jones chasing and finally grinding him down on the 2nd beat. Lots of changes up the beat allowed the rest of the fleet catch the front three with only Jones surviving the onslaught, he took 1st with Graeme Wilcox and Mark Watts gaining loads in 2nd and 3rd.

At one minute to go in race three the previously even line suddenly decided to become increasingly pin biased. Boats at the pin had to tack to cross the line and were able to point to the windward mark. Main beneficiary was Ben Hawkes followed by Gary Langdown and Adrian Smith. Ben, new to Contenders had yet to lead a race but jumped on the opportunity to maintain this one until the last beat where Gary was able to get past to win. Ben still managed 2nd with Mark Watts once again 3rd.

This day had left Stuart Jones in a strong position as the only man with any consistency. Technically Gary can still win but he will need a lot of luck.

Results after Day 3:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R3R4R5R6R7R8Points
12706Stuart JonesDatchet Water SC515‑731621
22503Tim HoldenHalifax SC132218‑17834
32315Ben HoldenHalifax SC8512711(DNF)34
42618Nick NobleBristol Corinthian YC‑24334551434
5695Graeme WillcoxNetley SC69‑12592536
62420Simon MussellHighcliffeSC9610318(DNF)37
72710Gary LangdownHighcliffe SC1‑2071766138
82709Mark WattsWeston SC117‑139123345
92449Rob SmithCastle Cove SC‑204176164451
102383David DaviesLoch Ryan SC3‑169111412958
11705James SpikesleyNetley SC213‑201210131262
122708Ed PresleyChew Valley Lake SC‑16811134141363
132607Carl TagoeOxford SC14128813‑151570
142730Adrian SmithHythe & Saltwood SC7‑2421211710783
152263Richard BattenMudeford YC(DNC)114102DNC1184
16678Tommy HootonRYA19101615187(DNF)85
172702Chris BoshierThorpe Bay YC15‑19141419161088
182661Nick CurryWeston SC10156‑2221221690
19666Bill HootonBurton SC42219(DNC)231818104
202718Peter NobleBSC251424(DNC)15920107
212410Simon DoddsHythe & Saltwood SC12251818‑262117111
222407Richard ButtnerRNSA/RYA1818152320‑2723117
23559Paul RossShotley SC2626(DNC)16111922120
24629Ben HawkesCCSC2727‑312524232128
252361Tom ColeyHythe & Saltwood SC‑31172919223019136
26595Dave AdamsBSC2123‑2524252024137
272376Peter GiffenBSC232822(DNC)312626156
282446Daniel HollandsHythe & Saltwood SC‑30292320292928158
292729Chris HoweOxford SC1731(RET)DNC302521170
30696Tony CookDowns SC292126(DNC)2728DNF177
31697Malcolm HallCarsington SC223527(RET)333129177
322538John McLeanRoyal Queensland YS323628(RET)343330193
332318Alan MollattDowns SC283430(DNC)3224DNF194
34503James DanielsOgston SC3439(DNC)DNC353427215
352707Paul KarasThorney Island SC(DNS)3332RETDNF3525217
36654Matt Murray‑Downing 3332(RET)DNC2832DNC217
37317Iain JenningsDraycote Water SC3540(RET)DNC36DNCDNC249
382602Mick PullinCovenham SC(DNC)30RETDNCDNCDNCDNC260
392423Chris Yates?SC(DNS)37DNCDNCDNFDNCDNC267
41=690David HoltMinnis Bay SC(DNC)DNFDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC276
41=2711William GouldCarsington SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC276
41=712Rodger WhiteKing George SC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC276

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