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Cherub National Championship at Mumbles Yacht Club

by Dave Ching 1 Sep 13:43 PDT 18-21 August 2022
Cherub National Championship at Mumbles © Richard Woffinden

A tale to last the ages of mighty winds, wild waves and some pretty little Cherubs.

Day 1 started with a forecast of 12knts and calm waters. Little did they know what was to meet those plucky Cherubs. Race 1 started with 20 knts and lumpy waves. This would build over the next three days. Oh do I need to mention the rain? That's enough of the weather report, on to race 1.

Race 1

EJ and Eleanor spent the first lap trading places, while Marmite and Usagi recovered from bad starts. Marmite finally went on to win while the others fought it out for second.

Eleanor managed to knot a halyard on the last hoist gifting a close fought second to EJ with Usagi in third.

Race 2

A & E stopped wobbling long enough to claim her first victory of the week. Eleanor ran out of excuses to gain 2nd. Behind, Usagi held off the rapid Ducks for 3rd.

Day 2

Race 3

EJ took an early lead but was soon overtaken by the close duelling A & E won out from Marmite and EJ came in a close third.

Race 4

A & E were locked in such an intense battle with Marmite that Dan's Boat slipped through unnoticed for the win from A & E and Marmite.

Race 5

A & E stretched out an early lead to be convincing winners. Marmite second and Eleanor held on for third.

Race 6

Your intrepid reporter decided that starting a fourth race in the fifth hour of sailing wasn't as inviting as ice cream. It was good ice cream. A & E won from Marmite and Ducks Third.

If you feel this kind of reporting isn't good enough then I suggest you try and come to the events. Trust me, if you don't, you are missing out on much more than results.

Day 3

The class took advantage of the local tourist spots, as the wind increased and waiting for the slower fleet to finish for an hour. After 40 min races felt less appealing.

Day 4

Lighter winds at last, with a mild 10 to 18 knots and with flatter, almost soothing waves.

Race 10

A & E bolted off again, while the battle between Marmite, Usagi and Eleanor carried on as before. Usagi came out on top with Marmite leading Eleanor across the line.

Race 11

It was much the same, but this time Eleanor led the chasing pack after another epic battle with Marmite and Usagi. Yet again only seconds between them.

Race 12

A & E bored of winning, went in for the famous ice-cream. This left first up for grabs. Dan's boat took advantage of a great start to lead Eleanor around the course, followed by Marmite.

So much happened at this event I could write a book. I didn't even mention the "Captain's hat" or the "If not duffers will not drown" incidents.

If you want the full Cherub experience you could use the class Cherub at an event, or jump straight in and buy new from £12k (class assisted) to £15k fully professional.

Special mention this year goes to Poppy's crew, who after showing great speed all year, caught Covid the night before. Better luck next time.

Overall Results:
If you finished in the top ten at the Cherub nationals then enter your Gear Guide information here

PosBoat nameSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R10R11R12Pts
1stA&E3215Jonny O'ConnorAlex HarrisDee Sailing Club51121111DNC35
2ndMarmite3212Paul CrooteAndy WhapshottChew Valley Sailing Club1(DNC)232234342
3rdEleanor3208Dave ChingOliverPoole Yacht Club42(DNC)(DNC)3DNC42261
4thUsagi Yojimbo3202Andrew PetersJill PetersQueen Mary Sailing Club3344(DNC)(DNC)23DNC63
5thDuck wars3209Guy RivingtonJoseph WhiteMount Batten Centre(DNC)4(RET)DNC4368473
6thDan's Boat2700Luke HartleyOliver MorrellStokes Bay Sailing Club(DNC)(DNC)51RETDNCDNC7180
7thEJ3206James RuddimanChris HaslamStokes Bay Sailing Club2(DNC)3(DNC)DNCDNC56DNC82
8thPoppy3216Jamie PearsonMartyn DenchfieldGrafham Water Sailing Club(DNC)(DNC)6DNCDNCDNC75DNC95
9thRossa3219Roland TrimKevin Robert JausseranMonaco Yacht Club / Club de voile de Roq(DNC)(DNC)DNFDNCDNCDNC89599
10thSlippery When Wet2657Nick HankinsSophie HankinsCardiff Bay Yacht Club(DNC)(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNCDNC110

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