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505 Euro Cup 2021 Round 4 at Hayling Island Sailing Club

by Ian Mitchell 5 Oct 09:07 PDT 30 September - 3 October 2021

The 505 Class returned to Hayling Island for the fourth and final leg of our 2021 Euro Cup. Special thanks must go to the overseas visitors from Ireland, France, Germany and Australia who braved the current challenges and red tape of international travel to compete against some of the best teams in the UK.

We shared the venue with the Fireball Class National Championship which seemed to work out well and certainly kept the bar full each night.

Hayling Island Sailing Club made us extremely welcome with a Commodore's Reception on the first night where Commodore Andy Partington reminded us all what a history Hayling has with both the 505 and Fireball Classes having hosted so many Euro Cup, National and World Championships for each class over the years.

We had a couple of days blown off but the races that did take place were in Hayling Bay under sunny skies, with plenty of waves and strong winds - perfect 505 conditions - enough to keep big grins in the bar each night. There were plenty of wipeouts from front runners and back markers alike to keep the talk and bar karate going long into the night.

The race team did a great job to give us 5 races in the bay over what were some really quite daunting forecasts and sea states.

The final lap on Sunday was epic as the forecast gale started to make its presence felt a couple of hours earlier than expected. We finished the day's sailing with a screaming mile long two sail reach back into the harbour.

Here is a short clip of the day's racing (complied by Christophe Favreau):

European Champions Roger Gilbert and Ben McGrane from Netley won with Tynemouth's Nathan Batchelor and Sam Pascoe second and Hayling's Ian Pinnell and Tom Pickles solid in third.

Multiple Olympic medallists Stu Bithell and Simon Hiscocks borrowed the UK Class Association boat for the event and really enjoyed themselves. Tokyo 49er Gold Medallist Stu Bithell commented "That was my first time in a 505 and it didn't disappoint. It was fast and great fun in the waves."

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Overall Results:

PosSail NoNatHelm NameCrew NameClubR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1st9215GBRRoger GilbertBen McGraneNetley12‑5216
2nd903GBRNathan BatchelorSam PascoeTynemouth SC2‑613612
3rd9238GBRIan PinnellTom PicklesHayling Island SC743(DNF)216
4th9093GBRAlex BarryHarry BriddonOgston Sailing Club458‑10320
5th9214GBRAndy SmithStewart MearsNotts county sc‑12744520
6th8935GBRMichael SimsRichard NurseCarsington63‑116722
7th9220FRAPhilippe BoiteMarin CarnotCVSQ(UFD)865423
8th9180GBRMark Upton‑BrownIan MitchellHISC/Bosham8178‑924
9th8970GBRStuart BithellSimon Hiscocks 31029(DNC)24
10th9169GERTim BoegerFinn BoegerHSC5‑1297829
11th9045FRAde Kergariou MerueTim BirdC N Arradon10‑1313121045
12th9158GBRDuncan BarrJeremy TroughtonNetley13111013(DNC)47
13th9134AUSMichael QuirkTim NeedhamRPEYC(DNC)DNCDNC1DNC49
14th9179GBRTudor OwenDrystan HarnettMinnis Bay sailing club99(DNC)DNCDNC50
15th9219FRAElisabeth NeidhartPierre Jean GalloYCIF11(DNF)1211DNC50

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