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Wetsuit Outlet UK Moth Nationals 2021 at Stokes Bay Sailing Club - Overall

by Mark Jardine 17 Aug 2021 02:28 PDT 12-15 August 2021

The leaderboard was so tight going into the final day of the Wetsuit Outlet 2021 UK Moth Nationals that there were bound to be changes. The forecast was for strong winds and, as day two of the event demonstrated, different sailors came to the fore in these conditions. This event was wide open!

In athletics, especially the longer distance events, the phrase 'timing your run' is used widely, and Jim McMillan, who won the final race on Saturday, was moving steadily up the leaderboard in a quiet, unassuming, manner. He timed his run perfectly though, completing his challenge in style with two bullets on the final day, but was it enough?

Racing was extremely close and Eddie Bridle came ashore to tell us about the conditions: "Today was very full-on, we had top end conditions with pretty big waves. I managed to get a fourth and a second. It was very tight at the top."

The overall results were in the balance and a Moth isn't the kind of platform where you can quickly do a bit of maths to work out a complex leaderboard. When asked who he thought had won, the reply was, "No-one knows! There's a lot of rumours going around."

It was far from plain sailing for Jim McMillan in the ferocious conditions and the race wins didn't come easily:

"That's definitely the limit of what we do Moth sailing in. The first race was clean, but the wind picked up for the second. I capsized the boat to windward off the start! At the top mark I managed to miss it, and had to bear away and gybe round again. I thought 'oh no' but managed to keep the boat flying for the rest of the race, and took the win there too!"

Once the results were calculated Jim had done just enough to take the Nationals title by a single point from Eddie, with David Hivey (who had led going into the final day) finishing a point further back after a seventh and a third completed his event. Early event leader Dan Ward was just two points further back in fourth, with Paul Gliddon fifth.

Next up for the fleet is the World Championship at the sailing mecca of Lake Garda in Italy, but with regret the newly-crowned UK National Champion Jim McMillan can't make it:

"Sadly, I have family commitments. Best of luck to all the Brits going out there; I'm sure they will do us proud. I hope to be back for the season next year, and maybe the Europeans."

This is Jim's second nationals title, having won the event at Thorpe Bay a few years ago:

"Yes, that was 2018, up in Essex. The second time feels much more satisfying than the first. This one was much more competitive; I don't feel we've had the points that close in the top five before. I was really shocked to find out I had won, when I came in, to be honest. One point over Eddie!

"Dan (Ward) was winning the first one, and I thought he had it, but unfortunately he capsized. Then Hivey was winning, but he capsized too. It was snakes and ladders all day really. Fortunately, it all came good in the end for me!"

IMCA UK would like to say a massive thank-you to the event sponsors, who have been so good to the Moth class, especially during these times.

  • Wetsuit Outlet - Since 2004, Wetsuit Outlet has grown from humble beginnings into Europe's largest supplier of watersports clothing and equipment. Last year Wetsuit Outlet celebrated shipping over 2 million orders since starting 16 years ago. How did they do it? By offering quality products at competitive prices whilst having the best customer service in the business. Wetsuit Outlet stock top brands including Zhik, Gill, Musto, Gul, Crewsaver and more!
  • Noble Marine - continued support has allowed IMCA to subsidise entry fees for this year's championship, the support we receive is directly linked to the policies they provide Moth sailors with a discount for class members.
  • Blueteq - as well as hosting the online entry system, they are sponsoring beer and pasta during the event.
  • Maguire Boats - Builders of the market leading Exocet Moth, Simon and the team will be on site for the whole event providing support for their four-time World Championship winning boats.
  • Ronstan - From the outset of Foiling Moths, Ronstan have supplied light, strong and efficient hardware in the UK and Internationally to all level of sailors. With a range of blocks designed by sailors specifically for the class it is the choice of recent World Champions.

The class encourages Moth sailors to support our sponsors wherever possible, since they are so good at supporting us.

Find out more about the class on their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MothClassUK

Overall Results: (9 races, 2 discards)
If you finished in the top ten at the International Moth nationals then enter your Gear Guide information here

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10R11Pts
14813Jim McMillanNetleybfd261785311127
24826Eddie BridleBrightlingsea17291236124228
34817David HiveyWPNSAbfd152341467329
44636Dan WardStokes Bay2316192775431
54637Paul GliddonNetley Sailing Club444442115424733
64548James GrayStokes Bay SC3512102197233641
74546Alex AdamsWPNSA773397365474750
84717Dominic HuttonStokes Bay SC513101161114191081286
94533Christian HamiltonNetley SC10321413823138161811111
104386Andy JeffriesEastbourne Sovereign SC13251112112115211399114
114837Doug PybusQMSC23128174651215112047123
124715Billy Vennis‑OzanneWPNSA Stokes Bay SC933152115104984747124
134522Josie GliddonNetley Sailing club15151820231691319128125
143980Ed RedfearnBSC1916161921141711124747145
154765Jeremy HartleyStokes Bay222446151661930211613152
164442Paul JenkinsEastbourne Sovereign SC172021161437362425117155
174766Mike LennonHISC68946461281294747156
184635Jack WetherellWPNSA82377rtd291010184747158
194048Joe AdamsOxford sailing club2419241813202314171747165
204869Ben CleggBrightlingsea sailing club129221410402016244747167
214509Jason BelbenStokes Bay Sailing Clubrtd6rtd85147474765170
224807James RossNetley SC2514172917323428152114180
234489David SchafftSVSS30rtd292418332847201310205
243169Brad GibsonMYA2827462224352927271914217
254589Adam GoldingHISC2017204646181818234747226
264669Steve McLeanHISC3131282319dnc2629311447232
274713Greg GoodrumSBSC2626464646131623144747256
284100Alex BaroneBewl valley sailing clubdnfrtdrtd2522152120264747257
294721Andrew JarvisOxford Sailing Club162127464624bfd26294747259
3045Paul BeardQMSC27282330rtd1733bfd224747273
314780James PhareQmsc1412262646254747474747290
324705Kyle StonehamWPNSA461813546274747474747296
334578Andrew FriendNorfolk Punt Club4646464646262222331047297
344208Tom Lambertwilsonian sc2129254646282534474747301
354758Eddie GatehouseHISC2930324646362725324747303
364361Donald SmithASYC3434312846393035344747311
374745Charlie EllseRestronguet sailing club464646464603531284747324
384779Orkun SoyerDraycote Sailing Club35rtdrtdrtdrtd383733301547326
394673David JessopHISC1146194646343147474747327
404760Gareth DaviesBrightensea sailing club46113027rtd474747474747348
414035Henry ReesSBSC3346464646304717474747358
424492Nic StreatfeildRutland1846464646224747474747365
434385Graham BriddleBrightlingsea4646464646313232bfd4747372
444545James SainsburyRutland sc32rtdrtdrtd46474747474747404
454764David SmithwhiteHISC46rtdrtd4646474747474747418
464656Graham SimmondsHayling Island SC4646464646474747474747418
474390Cian ByrneRCYC4646464646474747474747418

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