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Noble Marine UK Musto Skiff National Championships at Sunderland Yacht Club - Day 1

by Ben Schooling 29 Jul 2021 15:36 PDT 29 July - 1 August 2021
62 boats racing on day 1 of the Noble Marine UK Musto Skiff National Championships at Sunderland © Tim Olin /

Day 1 of the 2021 Noble Marine UK Musto Skiff National Championships and Sunderland lit up for us. 60-something very excited sailors have descended on the fantastic sunny Sunderland Yacht Club for four days of intense racing.

Race 1

The race committee are a wealth of experience and it showed throughout the day.

Blasting down to the start line in 20kts and sunshine, the fleet were in high spirits. Lining up for the first race one felt a shiver of excitement and had to be careful not to jump the gun.

Despite the lack of regattas since the start of Covid, the sailors didn’t show any rust and the competition was hotter than an Aussie barbecue in the sand. After a very tough battle all the way round the course, Andy Tarboton managed to squeak ahead of Sam Pascoe and Ben Clegg.

Race 2

The breeze was around 15-18kts with a shifty and gusty racetrack making for interesting racing. The majority planned to start at the committee boat but the wind shifted mid sequence so the fleet sailed down the line to hedge their bets.

Shelley and Molesworth were trucking along in front and rounded first. Ben Clegg gybe-set on the down wind and hooked in to a punchy gust which took him into a narrow lead from Hilton and Munro who picked solid lanes down the middle. Hilton and Clegg jostled for the lead with Clegg finally taking the win with Maughan pulling through for a second place after a great roll of the dice up the final beat.

Race 3

The race officer waited patiently for the breeze to settle back in at 280 deg and 10 to 18 kts. We saw a right hand shift off the line and the boats that got cleanly out the pin were perfectly lined up heading towards more pressure and a left phase on the horizon meant that the pack of boats were a long way ahead led by Shelley, Ian Turnbull and Dan Trotter.

The race gave plenty of opportunities with some big shifts and pressure changes on the downwind. It was a good battle at the front with Turnbull and Tarboton fighting it out. Turnbull was very unlucky down the second run when he gybed and got a kite twist, which reduced his 300 metre lead to 150 m on Andy Tarboton; then Peter Greenhalgh got lucky on a shift up the last beat and managed to squeeze by to steal the lead.

Back ashore the fleet were treated to a well-earned pint and sausage roll as a starter before fish and chips. A snappy AGM rounded out a great day.

After day 1, Ben Clegg is leading, with Andy Tarboton in second place and Sam Pascoe in third.

Results after day 1:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3Pts
1st614Ben Clegg 31812
2nd590Andy TarbotonHenley Midmar Yacht Club110415
3rd561Sam Pascoe 271322
4th622Dan Vincent 513523
5th600Alistair Conn 951125
6th628Daniel Boatmaan 6111027
7th610Daniel Trotter 214328
8th609Peter Greenhalgh 246131
9th615Andrew PeakeMedway Yacht club179935
10th274Ian TurnbullUllswater Sailing Club268236
11th566Jono ShelleyLargs SC426737
12th624Eddie Bridle 8171540
13th629Brian GreensmithDerwent Reservoir SC1227645
14th605Robbie WilsonWormit Boating Club16141646
15th556Billy MaughanChew Valley Sailing Club723847
16th464Euan HurterPoint Yacht Club/Dalgetty Bay SC11181948
17th627Ben SchoolingStokes Bay Sailing Club13232763
18th315Jason RickardsChew Valley Sailing Club22152663
19th549Robert RichardsonRoyal Windermere Yacht Club20123365
20th593James HiltonDalgetty Bay SC/Wormit BC1934466
21st616Dave Poston 23361271
22nd619Stuart Keegan 33202275
23rd432Ryan Seaton 28311776
24th200Kieran Graham 25193276
25th526Archie MasseyIchinor44161878
26th294Mike Matthews 10393180
27th297George Cousins 30342084
28th535David Annan 27283085
29th479Yaroslav PetrovRussia15244786
30th375Joshua Belben 43212387
31st483John Evans 34382193
32nd350Brennan Robinson 32332893
33rd487Sean ThijsseStokes Bay40302595
34th527Andrew Hooton 36293499
35th305Gillies Munro 452235102
36th90Jamie Freeman 293241102
37th594Richard SmithMedway Yacht club185237107
38th618Adam Ovington 374236115
39th546Ian TrotterDerwent Reservoir SCDNS2529120
40th334Robert TrotterDerwent Reservoir SC354543123
41st289Josh DawsonDerwent Reservoir315340124
42nd582Paul MolesworthStokes Bay Sailing ClubDNF3524125
43rd255Andrew Scott 424045127
44th611Neal Jones 1451DNF131
45th625John McAfeeDerwent Reservoir SC414348132
46th75Callum Escrtt 464742135
47th216Guy RivingtonStokes Bay Sailing Club503749136
48th620Steve RobsonDerwent Reservoir SC474150138
49thI598Ian Escritt 395446139
50th310Tom Kyne DNFDNF14146
51st547Serega SamusWilsonian Sailing ClubDNF4439149
52nd588Andrew Whittle 3849DNF153
53rd570Martin Bingham 4846DNF160
54th542Ron BarnesThorpe Bay Yacht Club5148DNF165
55th557Chris TurnerLyme Regis Sailing Club4955DNF170
56th501Peter Doherty DNS50DNF182
57th254Liam AlcockDerwent Reservoir SCDNFDNS51183
58th543Stephen WrightStokes Bay Sailnig ClubDNF56DNS188
59th323Rich Evans DNCDNCDNC198
59th143Lee Boatman DNFDNSDNS198
59th456Ed Gibbons DNFDNFDNS198
59th253Josepth TrotterDerwent Reservoir SC/SYCDNFDNSDNF198
59th500Tom Conway DNCDNCDNC198

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