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

by Ben Schooling & Jamie Hilton 2 Aug 2021 08:19 PDT 29 July - 1 August 2021

After three days of intense racing, the Musto Skiff class rigged up and got ready to launch for the final day of the 2021 Noble Marine UK Musto Skiff National Championships at Sunderland Yacht Club.

Sunderland YC hosted an excellent regatta with a slick event team on shore and an experienced race team on the water. The 62 strong fleet benefited from the extensive knowledge of sailing conditions at Sunderland, with the race team, led by PRO David Boatman managing to deliver all 3 races each day.

For the final day of racing, the Musto Skiff class went out in style, seeing epic conditions including gusts of up to 20knts and, at times, 4 metre swells. The adrenaline rush of every sailor who went out was evident across the fleet with each sailor returning to shore with a story to share, from navigating roller-coaster worthy waves, to impressive pitch poles, and many unplanned swims!

The sailing conditions only added to the excitement of the final race day with an unbelievably close top five. The UK National Champion title was up for grabs and with just 3 races left and only a few points separating it, all five at the top of the leader board were in with a good chance of winning.

Race 10

The final day of the UK Nationals at Sunderland was to prove to be one to remember. With the North Easterly breeze still pumping overnight, the waves had built up to colossal walls of water that few of the fleet had ever experienced!

With 5 boats still in contention for the title, Race 10 got underway in 14-20kts with the aforementioned sea state making it an exhilarating ride, both upwind and downwind.

Upwind was all about preventing the bow scooping in water and keeping the boat driving over the relentless mountainous waves. Downwind, though, was where the stakes were highest. It was a trade off of risk and reward with if, when and where to hoist; to drive it hard from the foot loops or throttle back; to gybe early or risk not being able to gybe where you’d ideally want to (miss a wave and you’ll be another 200m down course).

With everything to sail for, the fleet got away first time just after 10:30am with the front pack heading left. It was close at the top with Sam leading the way as the wind topped out at 20kts. Inevitably, there were pitch poles a plenty down the fleet and big over stands on the lay. These conditions would properly test the contenders for the title.

The leading pack all took their time to hoist, but once one kite was safely up, the others followed. Sam Pascoe held his lead to the finish, with Andy Tarboton taking 2nd and Ian Turnbull, who was revelling in the conditions, taking a well-earned 3rd.

Race 11

By Race 11, the breeze had moderated a little to 16kts on the peaks and 12kts in the troughs, making it a real battle upwind.

This time, though, Andy won the start and led from start to finish to post his second bullet of the event. Eddie Bridle sailed an excellent race in 2nd and Ben Clegg finished in 3rd. Pascoe could only manage a 7th and Jono Shelley was still in the hunt with a pair of 4ths.

Race 12

Going into the final race of the day, the title was still up for grabs, so the pressure was on! Dan Trotter found his form to round first and sail on for the bullet. Behind him, it was a dogfight between Andy Tarboton and Sam Pascoe with Sam just leading Andy across the line, followed by Dan Vincent finishing in 4th.

With everyone safely back ashore, the results were posted for what was the closest ever finish for a Musto Skiff Nationals. Equal on points and having to go to 2nd places on countback, the 2021 UK National Champion title was awarded to Sam Pascoe with Andy Tarboton in 2nd and Jono Shelley in 3rd.

The calibre of the UK fleet this year was once again high, with the overall lead changing 3 times during the event, and 9 different sailors getting race wins across the 4 day regatta. However, it was Sam Pascoe who managed to rise to the top, with a very close, but well deserved win.

A huge thank you to Sunderland Yacht Club for hosting a superb event and to the Race Office team headed up by David Boatman and David Wheldon for running a full series of 12 races in testing conditions. The fleet had a fantastic time and thoroughly enjoyed the Northern hospitality and travelled home with big grins on their faces.

Thanks also to the GBR class event sponsor, Noble Marine, and class and prize sponsor, Musto. Thanks also to Hyde Sails for the champagne podium prizes as part of the UK Hyde Sails Series, and also Ovington Boats for the extra prizes and event support.

Finally, a big thank you from the GBR class association to event photographer, Tim Olin, and local photographer, Michael Oliver, who also joined us out there to capture the racing in some very challenging conditions.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10R11R12Pts
1st561Sam PascoeCastle Cove Sailing Club27‑1383419‑3317244
2nd590Andy TarbotonHenley Midmar Yacht Club11045783‑14‑2721344
3rd566Jono ShelleyLargs SC4‑2674175‑301144552
4th610Daniel TrotterDerwent Reservoir Sailing Club‑2243222(BFD)192265166
5th593James HiltonDalgety Bay SC/Wormit BC193‑449554461411(RET)80
6th622Dan VincentStokes Bay Sailing Club51352412‑321310‑39984103
7th556Billy MaughanChew Valley Sailing Club72‑381419‑3122211567104
8th624Eddie BridleBrightlingsea Sailing Club817151321‑25‑23357216106
9th464Euan HurterPoint Yacht Club/Dalgetty Bay SC11‑181910817101811‑2013107
10th614Ben CleggBrightlingsea Sailing Club318‑31242229‑3631336112
11th274Ian TurnbullUllswater Sailing Club‑2882‑302621192023911121
12th619Stuart KeeganDerwent Reservoir Sailing Club‑3420221410‑25161423248141
13th627Ben SchoolingStokes Bay Sailing Club132327‑4317157210‑311514142
14th432Ryan SeatonCarrickfergus Siling Club303117793251525(DNF)(DNC)143
15th294Mike MatthewsSunderland Yacht Club10‑3931162018(BFD)84101720153
16th600Alistair ConnDerwent Reservoir Sailing Club9511152541861328(DNF)(DNC)161
17th615Andrew PeakeMedway Yacht club179932131121‑35‑3882817165
18th605Robbie WilsonWormit Boating Club161416‑3416231727(DNC)171012167
19th549Robert RichardsonRoyal Windermere Yacht Club2112‑3331420‑321820222222174
20th582Paul MolesworthStokes Bay Sailing Club20‑35242110126‑2619262518180
21st629Brian GreensmithDerwent Reservoir SC1227623‑4226‑352826121310183
22nd628Daniel BoatmanSunderland Yacht Club611102227‑30202530(DNF)1425190
23rd297George CousinsRestonguet Sailing Club‑31‑34202829918239162619196
24th546Ian TrotterDerwent Reservoir SC(DNS)2529111533911241927(DNC)202
25th375Joshua BelbenStokes Bay Sailing Club‑432123201814‑362428211915202
26th526Archie MasseyItchenor Sailing Club‑4416183634‑372671618299208
27th487Sean ThijsseStokes Bay‑4130253330191412122912(DNF)215
28th616Dave PostonMedway Yacht Club233612‑4033361213231518(DNF)221
29th609Peter GreenhalghWorsash Sailing Club246112111(BFD)1525(DNC)DNCDNC223
30th594Richard SmithMedway Yacht club18‑52372522‑49163232272124253
31st305Gillies MunroRoyal Forth Yacht Club‑4522351839131131183533(DNC)254
32nd289Josh DawsonDerwent Reservoir32‑53‑40173134311717343221266
33rd350Brennan Robinson ‑33332819‑3727153331333123272
34th200Kieran GrahamDerwent Reservoir Sailing Club25193227234428222137(DNF)(DNC)277
35th527Andrew Hooton 37293426486(RET)46362416(DNF)301
36th479Yaroslav PetrovRussia1524‑47373224‑443735413626307
37th618Adam OvingtonTynemouth Sailing Club4042364528163029(DNC)3223(DNF)320
38th483John EvansDerwent Reservoir Sailing Club35382139412938‑43343030(DNF)334
39th535David AnnanGrafham Water Sailing Club272830473838243429(DNF)(DNF)DNC358
40th315Jason RickardsChew Valley Sailing Club2615264450463441(DNC)(DNF)DNFDNC409
41st255Andrew ScottDalgety Bay Sailing Club484045554551(RET)50(DNC)203527415
42nd75Callum EscrttYorkshire Dales Sailing Club46(RET)4238354043397(DNF)DNCDNC417
43rd547Serega SamusWilsonian Sailing Club(DNF)44393551503345(DNC)3837DNC435
44th90Jamie FreemanBrightlingsea Sailng Club293241515348404041(DNF)(DNC)DNC438
45th598Ian EscrittYorkshire Dales Sailing Club3954466492827(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNC439
46th625John McAfeeDerwent Reservoir SC424348464039374240(DNF)(DNC)DNC440
47th611Neal JonesItchenor Sailing Club1451(DNF)29635(RET)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC454
48th542Ron BarnesThorpe Bay Yacht Club5248(DNF)5046544747423634DNF455
49th334Robert TrotterDerwent Reservoir SC3645434943454252(DNC)(DNF)DNCDNC482
50th588Andrew WhittleBlackwater Sailing Club3849(DNF)413643(DNF)51DNC39DNCDNC488
51st254Liam AlcockDerwent Reservoir SC(DNF)(DNS)51485555414843DNFDNCDNF532
52nd310Tom KyneBrightlingsea Sailing Club(DNF)(DNF)54545452454937DNFDNCDNF534
53rd620Steve RobsonDerwent Reservoir SC474150425247(RET)(DNC)DNCDNFDNCDNC534
54th216Guy RivingtonStokes Bay Sailing Club503749(DNC)(DNC)DNCBFD44DNC40DNFDNC539
55th500Tom ConwayDerwent Reservoir Sailing Club(DNC)(DNC)DNC5247DNF3938DNCDNFDNCDNC560
56th570Martin BinghamDerwent Reservoir Sailing Club5146(DNF)(DNF)DNCDNC46RET44DNFDNCDNC571
57th543Stephen WrightStokes Bay Sailnig Club(DNF)56(DNS)56DNF53RET5345DNCDNCDNC582
58th456Ed GibbonsBrightlingsea Sailing Club(DNF)(DNF)DNS534442RETDNCDNCDNFDNCDNC587
59th557Chris TurnerLyme Regis Sailing Club4955(DNF)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC615
61st143Lee BoatmanSunderland Yacht Club(DNF)(DNS)DNSDNCDNCDNC48RETDNCDNSDNCDNC624
62nd253Josepth TrotterDerwent Reservoir SC/SYC(DNF)(DNS)DNF57DNSDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC633

Results by award category:

1st - Eddie Bridle
2nd - Euan Hurter
3rd - Rob Richardson

1st - Dan Vincent
2nd - Andrew Peake
3rd - Robbie Wilson

Grand Master:
1st - Ian Trotter
2nd - Richard Smith
3rd - Serega Samus

1st - John Evans
2nd - Ian Escritt
3rd - Ron Barnes

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