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UK Nordic Folkboat National Championships, Walcon Cup and Sessan Cup at Royal Lymington Yacht Club

by Julian and Claire Sowry 6 Oct 2022 12:11 PDT 17-22 September 2022
UK Nordic Folkboat National Championships, The Walcon Cup and Sessan Cup © Paul French /

We welcomed five Danish and one German boat and crew to Lymington, and fifteen local boats made up from the Solent Nordic fleet. Most visitors arrived by Thursday, 15th September and were launched by lunchtime on Friday 16th, all at the Lymington Yacht Haven.

Four of the five Danes went out practising in a light (8-10 knots) NE'ly breeze into Christchurch Bay (CB) on Friday! All without outboards or a RIB and just to get an idea of the conditions!

For tidal reasons Saturday, the first day of the Nordic Nationals, being sailed in CB with White Sails, was an early start for all in lovely sunny, albeit cool conditions, as we needed to be clear of the river entrance by 0715 for a warning signal at 08.45!

Three races were held in max 10 knots of North'ly wind, just South of North Head. From an early stage the Danes started well, with great height, boat speed and loose headstays...!

GBR 777, Double O was the quickest UK boat, winning the first race with GBR 707 Madelaine coming in second followed by DEN 873 Cirkeline in third place.

DEN729 Sulajma (the Red boat) had two firsts in Race 2 and 3.

Sunday dawned with similar conditions. GBR777 and DEN 745 shared the winning spoils.

The Walcon Cup went to Rio, Anders Sunke and his crew and Double O, Simon Osgood and his crew, winning the UK Folkboat Nationals Trophy. Overall a great start to our White Sail International event in CB. Five of the top six boats were Danish... showing us all a masterclass in Nordic Folkboat racing. Tides, what are they?! The moving carpet was just a question of boat speed, which they had in bucket loads, as well as the wind shifts; there was little place changing downwind!

An enjoyable prize-giving and supper was held at the Royal Lymington Yacht Club on Sunday night. Many thanks to our PRO, Simon van der Byl on a club members boat, Rumpus (for which many thanks) and his team of trusty assistants and mark layers (including our own Commodore!) and our boatmen team on 'We'rehere'.

Thankfully, Monday was always going to be a layday, and as it turned out it was the Queen's state funeral. Many facilities were closed, but the writers' guests, Geppeline, led by Per Buch, NFIA Chairman, enjoyed a ferry trip to Yarmouth and a few pints in an open pub, after a walk to Freshwater.

On Tuesday the wind gods departed!! AP's were flown, and eventually N over A was sadly hoisted around 11.30ish! The teams amused themselves ashore!

Wednesday's forecast was similarly light, so the PRO hoisted an AP with instruction to set sail by 1300 into the West Solent. Two short light air races took place, when the wind settled to a light 8/9 knots from the South!

Once again, the Danes seemed to get a handle on the up and down tidal situations with Cirkeline and Sulajma taking a win each, and all the Danes in the top five places.

Thursday dawned with a later start as the neap tide moved forward, with a lovely sunny morning and very light airs. Out to CB we went, with some of the UK boats towing the Danes. The breeze filled with 10 knots from the South South West making it a pleasant sail to the starting area. Good square lines were set, and the fleet got away with only one general recall, then starting under a Z flag for subsequent starts.

Once again our Danish visitors took the first five places with Madelaine sixth, Crackerjack seventh, Tak eighth and Mistral ninth.

Race 4 and 5 followed a similar results pattern, with the windward mark being shortened to 0.8 nm from the Committee boat, as the wind lightened.

As a two-boat team event, the overall winner of the Sessan Cup was Emma (DEN 634) and Cirkeline (DEN 873), second Sulajma (DEN729) and Geppeline (DEN926), third Crackerjack (GBR718) and Rio (Den 745), fourth Tak (GBR713) and Bonnie (GBR736) with fifth place going to Mistral (GBR732) and Beluga (GER1030).

A boisterous prize-giving supper and disco was held at the Royal Lymington Yacht. Huge thanks again to the PRO Simon van de Byl and all his team, as well as all the other club member volunteers. Great thanks were given to the UK Folkboat Association President, Sally Kalis along with Chris Baldwick the Regatta Chairman, and various other class volunteers.

Our Danish and German friends extended their very warm thanks to the race management team, as well as the local hosts and the overall hospitality from the Royal Lymington Yacht Club and the local class members. A special presentation was made to Gillian Poole, the event manager at the club, who had done an excellent job with the logistics. The racing and all shore side social activities were enjoyed by all, especially the party at Monks Pool, Dirk and Sally Kalis's lovely house and garden.

Running events of this nature are always made much easier with the support of sponsors, so many thanks to our prime sponsor, Spencers of the New Forest, together with support from Walcon Marine, Lymington Yacht Haven, SO Resource Management and Folkboats UK.

UK National Championships Results:
If you finished in the top ten at the Folkboat nationals then enter your Gear Guide information here

PosBoat NameSail NoHelmCrewCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1stRio745Anders SunkeScott HansenClaus LundKerteminde Sejlklub5221‑610
2ndDouble ‘O’ 777777Simon OsgoodTheis PalmJamie LeaRTYC15‑64111
3rdGeppeline926Per BuchHans SchiltzFrank ChristensenKerteminde Sejlklub‑6432312
4thSulajma729John WulffBenny ChristensenKim BaunSundby Sejlforening‑9116715
5thEMMA634Jens ThurøeVictor ThurøeKnud Peder AndersenKerteminde Sejlklub4‑643516
6thCirkeline873Soren KaestelErik AndersenAlex LindegaardHellerup Sejiklub3‑1055417
7thMadelaine707Ed DonaldCy GrisleyAndy BakerRSolYC27‑1111828
8thCrackerjack718Stuart WatsonMatthew JonesCaroline WatsonRLymYC7‑15148231
9thThe Otter720Claire LockeRich BellJono PriceRSolYC13‑171071040
10thMistral732Julian SowryClaire Sowry RLymYC10‑147141243
11thCidron Too612James WaltersNick Walters Royal Southern YC1698‑191144
12thFritha743Nigel CamplingGill Thomas RLymYC143‑17131646
13thTak713Rory PatonJeremy Austin RLymYC‑15815101346
14thEala754Alasdair MacleanPhil DunnPeter SpinkRSolYC1213129‑1446
15thBeluga1020Nils HansenSven JohannsenAndreas KärgerSVN8‑189181550
16thBonnie736Chris BaldwickRichard Clarke RLymYC(OCS)121316950
17thSamphire712James HoareGraham Coulter RLymYC11111812‑1952
18thWombat765Jonathon ProctorAlan Hancock RLymYC17161615‑1864
19thRiot695Chris FoxAlistair MackayChloe KendallRLymYC18‑1919171771
20thLady Linda762David GredleyIan RamusAndy BrownRLymYC1920‑21202079
21stAurora719William Parsons  RLymYC20‑2120212182
22ndValhalla624Kim MorleyMark Diffey Royal Airforce Yacht Club(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC112
22ndPaloma626Jim TennantRoy FroudBob BlatchfordRLymYC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC112
22ndNjord692Patrick FarrellJon Billowes Royal Solent YC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC112
22ndNordic Bear1007Bjarne MarcussenLars TjoernvigHenrik Juhl‑JensenKerteminde Sejlklub(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC112
22ndBossa Nova685Colin EalesBernie Bull Portsmouth Sailing Club(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC112

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