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2022 Noble Marine Albacore National Championships at Royal Lymington Yacht Club

by Tanya Baddeley 9 Aug 2022 14:33 PDT 5-7 August 2022

From Friday 5th to Sunday 7th August, the Royal Lymington Yacht Club (RLymYC) hosted the 2022 Albacore National Championships sponsored by Noble Marine Insurance. The Club welcomed twenty-seven of the double-hander helms and crews from sailing clubs across the UK, with races planned over the three days in the Western Solent.

Sunshine, warmth and summertime smiles were order of the weekend. Light winds prevailed and combined with flooding neap tides provided tricky conditions for many of the competitors more used to sailing in non-tidal waters - some of whom took time to adjust to the Solent tide streams.

Friday provided two quadrilateral races in a shifty six knots, with three more managed in almost non-existent variable wind on Saturday. Fortunately, a deep airfoil section centreboard and rudder make the Albacore highly manoeuvrable in even the lightest of breezes!

Sunday provided a south westerly sea breeze with a steady 10-12 knots, perfect for the triangle and "sausage" courses set by the Race Team!

The RLymYC Race Team commented that while the competitors were delightfully pleasant ashore, they were fiercely competitive on the water, especially at the marks where no quarter was given!

Ashore the competitors enjoyed a BBQ at the Club on the Friday evening and a buffet supper on the Saturday. Prize-giving with tea and cake on the Sunday took place on the Club's sun terrace overlooking the Lymington river and Solent shore. The Albacore fleet had an impressive collection of trophies to present, without doubt testament as much to the class's joviality and longevity, as to its competitive nature!

Congratulations to all competitors for a fantastic three days of sailing and great conviviality at the Club each day.

Lymington Town Sailing Club members Neville Herbert and Karl Thorne were crowned National Champions in 8523 You can call me Al, narrowly beating veteran Mike McNamara from Grimsby and Cleethorpes Yacht Club in 8225 Jador 8000 crewed by Colin Gardiner. Third overall was Mike Hartley from West Kirby Sailing Club in 8187 Castoff and Poleaxed crewed by Mark Hinton.

RLymYC Rear Commodore of Sailing, Jenny Wilson, said, "It was fantastic to welcome the 2022 Albacore Nationals to the Club. The Albacore fleet were delightful visitors and in spite of the light airs all appeared to have a great time. Many thanks to the RLymYC race management team and all the other volunteers who helped contribute to a successful three day event."

Royal Lymington Yacht Club welcomes sailing and yachting events all year round, providing first class race management, a great sailing area and excellent facilities. A highly experienced host of a wide range of events from Opens and Grand Prix to National and International Championships, the dedicated and qualified team will assist you in organising your event both on and off the water. Contact for more information.

RLymYC welcomes dinghy sailors of all ages; the active dinghy fleet organises competitive dinghy racing for all classes under Portsmouth Yardstick (PY) handicaps and big one-design fleets. Monday Evening Dinghy Racing takes place at the Club from April to September, with Junior Dinghy Racing on Friday evenings. The Club has two dinghy parks and a number of dinghies available for hire to members.

Overall Results:
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PosBoat NameSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7Pts
1stYou Can Call Me 'Al'8253Neville HerbertKarl ThorneLTSC4‑94231216
2ndJador 80008225Michael McNamaraColin GardinerGCYC6163‑92119
3rdCastoff and Poleaxed8187Mike HartleyMark HintonWKSC‑921454723
4thTotally Ratted8228Judy ArmstrongPaul ArmstrongScaling Dam‑10107115327
5thGran Torino8192Matt BiggsMark Fowler1‑1129410430
6thRunning on Empty8128Jeremy RookGraham CookLyme Regis SC2895‑123532
7thHead Honcho7920Peter SnowdonLouise CarrShoreham331216‑246646
8thOutragious Grace8254Tim ColemanJo Sankey & Amanda ShakiraLLSC15510827‑1747
9thOdie7426Mark ReddingtonColin AndersonBartley SC8‑1781169951
10th8158Jeremy ShintonHarry AshworthBartley SC1412116‑1681364
11thLake Safari8182Thomas TeubnerMatthias TeubnerWKSC2043‑2210131969
12thAl8132Barry WicksSasha MayhewWhite Friars21757(UFD)151873
13thAlbaholic8152Phil SmithSteve CarrWKSC718141711‑21875
14thDaedalus6918Johnnie DellowNick Hayes & John GoldsboroughWeston SC171419‑207121079
15thUffa Fox Sake8255Matthew ThompsonHeather ThompsonTCSC5(DNF)221418171288
16thAvatar8133Ian ClarkeTom KenwrightBartley SC166161019‑232289
17thGarden Leave8130Howard WittDavid YoungMaidenhead(DNF)19151915111190
18thKrystal8237Matthew Metcalfe‑SmithJason UptonOgston SC1222131221‑241494
19thVitesse7912Paul GimsonAnnissa BainesRudyard‑2513211517141696
20th7987Richard SmithChris BakerBenfleet YC‑23212013142215105
21stFifty Shades8233Mike BannerMark AthertonLLSC13‑262324131621110
22ndBullitt6922Lewis FowlerOwen MillsTCSC222318218‑2520112
23rdDog Woof6654Clive GimsonPaul McHenryNotts CSC191517232318‑24115
24thIntergalactic8251Alex CullIsabela CullOxford SC18‑252518221925127
25thBlue Jay7525Andy PearceIan SimpsonMaidenhead242024‑25202023131
26thThe UsuAL Suspects8213John WoffindenJanet WoffindenMaidenhead1116(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC139
27thFidelio6673Andrew BurfieldJacob BurfieldBala SC‑26242626252626153

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