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UK 5O5 Class National Championships 2022 at Brixham Yacht Club

by James Read 16 Jun 11:02 PDT 9-12 June 2022
UK 5O5 Class Nationals 2022 at Brixham © James Read

A highly talented fleet, including multiple Olympic Medallists and World Champions assembled at the lovely Brixham Yacht Club for the UK 5O5 Class 2022 National Championships.

The four-day event between 9th and the 12th of June was superbly run by the race and shore team at the Brixham Yacht Club and the whole exercise of launching and recovery from the narrow slipway was super smooth and very well organised.

The first 3 days were raced in very similar conditions with predominantly Westerly breezes building during the day from the low teens up to the mid to high 20's, giving some high speed and exhilarating racing. Day one had 2 races, fast out of the blocks were the US team of Mike Holt and Rob Woelfel taking two wins to set out their plans for the week. This team like several others had just returned from the Euro Cup in Riva del Garda where they had taken the win, so were well practised and dialled in. Behind them several teams had their moments, Ian Pinnell and Charles Dyer scoring and 2/5, for 3rd overnight, Alex Barry and Harry Briddon with a 3/2 to be in 2nd.

Day 2 with very similar conditions saw Holt and Woelfel pushed harder by the chasing teams, particularly Nathan Batchelor and Sam Pascoe, who took a race win as did Roger Gilbert and Ben McGrane. However at the end of the day the Americans had extended their lead.

Day 3 and conditions were looking like another repeat and so it proved. However, to make life interesting Holt and Woelfel had a wobble and capsized at the leeward gate. Allowing Barry and Briddon to get a win and open up a glimmer of hope to the fleet. It was short lived though as they took back full control to win the next 2 races to take the event with a day and 2 races to spare. The battle for the podium spots though was stil very tight!

So, to the last day of an excellent championships, much more moderate conditions prevailed, Batchelor/Pascoe finished with 2 wins to take 2nd and Barry/Briddon pipped Gilbert/McCrane to 3rd on a tie break. On to Cork in August now for the World Championships!

Overall Results:
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PosNatSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10Ots
1stUSA9072Mike HoltRob WoelfelSanta Cruz YC11221‑6113(DNC)12
2ndGBR9240Nathan BatchelorSam PascoeTynemouth SC‑5431‑62341119
3rdGBR9093Alex BarryHarry BriddonOgston SC32(RET)‑1371224930
4thGBR9215Roger GilbertBen McGraneFrensham Pond / Netley4‑71353‑666230
5thGBR9238Ian PinnellCharles Dwyer 256‑92‑9552734
6thESP9210Michael QuirkTim NeedhamCNP73543743‑11‑1436
7thGBR9196Penny ClarkRuss ClarkSBSC1167644(RET)(DNS)13556
8thGBR8935Michael SimsCarl GibbonCarsington69‑12595789‑1358
9thUSA9153Howard HamlinCaleb PaineABYC / NHYC1084810‑1297‑151167
10thGBR9214Andy SmithStuart Meers 9118‑12‑121089101075
11thUSA9237Bruce EdwardsRichard MundellWillamette Sailing Club810‑17168111011‑181286
12thGBR8963Martin HodgsonAdrian MilesStone19(DNC)917111411(DNS)5490
13thGBR9085Charlie WaltersDougal Cram 12‑17111113‑15131014892
14thGBR9232Steve IrishNorman ByrdDraycote‑171414715816167‑1797
15thGBR9158Duncan BarrScott DawsonNetley141513141413‑1814‑166103
16thCAN9200Alexander MellerFiona CollinsInternational 505 Class16‑181610161615(DNS)173109
17thGBR8991Nicholas MeadowJames Read 151210‑18‑18181715816111
18thAUS9134Jeff RobinsonSimin Burt 13131515‑1717141212‑18111
19thGBR8685Gareth CaldwellTyler HarmsworthShoreham SC181618‑20‑201912131915130
20thAUS9221Ian BrownPhil Brown (RET)(DNC)191919DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC167
21stGBR800Martin SpenceRobbie Spence (DNS)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC176

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