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Noble Marine Streaker National Championship at Grafham Water Sailing Club - Overall

by Neil Firth 12 Jul 2023 14:32 PDT 7-9 July 2023

Martin Penty (Beaver SC) successfully defended his title at Grafham Water Sailing Club this weekend, to become Noble Marine Streaker National Champion for the third time. However, it was no walk-over, with several challengers aiming to put their own name on the prestigious Tate & Lyle Trophy.

Five races were completed over three days, 7-9 July, with two races lost due to lack of wind on the second day. Martin was lying in second place after two races on the first day, with Arran Holman (Hollowell SC) two points ahead and Alan Gillard (Sheffield Viking SC) two points behind. There were three races planned for the final day, so plenty of time for all that to change.

Day 3 began with the Race Officer, Nigel Denchfield, determined to lay on three good races to make a five race series with one discard. Some of the fleet were carrying BFD's or a 'shocker' from day 1, so the discard would be important for their chances, not least for Steve Blackburn (West Lancs YC / L&LSC) who was lying in 11th place.

After a brief postponement ashore, the fleet launched and waited patiently for the breeze to stabilise. Racing then got under way in a shifty 8-10 knots, with the U-flag used to ensure that all three races started cleanly at the first attempt.

Race 3, the first of the day, saw Martin and Arran well placed up the first beat but it was Steve, coming in from the left, who led by a decent margin at the windward mark. Martin followed Steve down the run, both finding the best of the patchy breeze, whilst Arran split off into a hole, proving that these things can happen to the best of us! With Arran off his tail, Martin was able to concentrate on closing the gap to Steve. He took the lead on the final beat and secured an important second bullet. Meanwhile, Nigel Pepperdine (Staunton Harold SC) and Steve Hanby (Beaver SC) took advantage of Arran's misfortune and emerged from the first run in third and fourth respectively, which they held onto until the finish. Arran finished 10th, leaving himself some work to do in the remaining races.

Race 4 started promptly, in similar conditions. Colin Staite (Bartley SC) and Arran worked the left side of the first beat; Colin was first around the windward mark. Arran followed, with Matt Whitfield (Tamworth SC) on his transom. Steve B wasn't far behind and moved up to second on the first run, behind Colin. Martin was some way back in the pack needing to dig himself out of trouble.

As the race progressed, Colin slipped back to finish 5th, just behind Alan who was putting together a tidy series. Meanwhile, Martin had been working his way forward through the fleet and was now chasing after the leading two. Steve B kept his lead and Martin pulled through to finish second, ahead of Arran.

Going into race 5, it was possible for any of the top three to take the title. Martin held the advantage, knowing that a result above fourth was enough. However, if he slipped up, either Arran or Steve B could take the title by adding a second race win to their scores.

Arran had obviously done the maths. He saw an opportunity, nailed the pin and led at the first windward mark. Looking behind, he'd have been pleased to see Alan, Steve H and Steve B, all putting points between himself and Martin! However, by the third lap, Martin and Steve B had caught up to resume their battle with Arran. These three looked like they had the race win between them, with Arran in the lead. However, as they fought each other up the beat, a big right shift put the chasers back in contention. Ollie Groves (Beaver SC), Alan and Steve H all popped out in front with one lap to go. Ollie held his lead and went on to win the race. Martin scrambled back to take second place, Steve H finished third and Alan was fourth.

And so, Martin Penty was crowned Streaker National Champion once again. With over 50 boats taking part, this was the biggest fleet of his three wins and one that puts him in 5th place on the Legends table. Only Frank Catt, Steve Cockerill, Tom Gillard and Alan Gillard have won it more times.

Notable achievements elsewhere in the fleet include Colin Staite, winner of the Silver Fleet, and Jack Gore (Up River YC) winner of the Bronze Fleet. At the age of 15, it was Jack's first Streaker open meeting let alone his first Streaker Nationals! First lady was Veronica Falat (Waveney & Oulton Broad YC) and the best presented boat was a beautiful Butler-built composite Streaker, 1911 'Only Etty', owned by Charmaine Ryland (Ouse Amateur SC).

The Altogether Shield is awarded to the club with the three best placed boats. Needless to say, this was comfortably won by Beaver SC with Martin Penty, Steve Hanby and Ollie Groves taking three of the top six places overall. In fact, Beaver could have won it without these three. Their 'B team' were runners up, with Waveney & Oulton Broad YC in third. RDNBYC might have been second, but their entry was deemed ineligible as they are not an RYA affiliated club!

Thanks go to Grafham Water Sailing Club who hosted a very enjoyable championship, both on and off the water. We are grateful to our sponsors, Noble Marine, Rooster and Fernhurst Books, who all contributed to the prizes which were distributed throughout the whole fleet. On Saturday night, Hartley Boats BINGO! was also a huge success with a generous array of prizes scooped up by the lucky winners!

Next up in the Streaker Rooster Super Series is the Northern Area Championships at Elton SC on 8 October, followed two weeks later by the End of Season Championships at Bartley SC on 22 October. See you there!

Overall Results:
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PosSail NoFleetAge CatHelmClubR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1st1982GoldGrand MasterMartin PentyBeaver Sailing Club‑511226
2nd1942GoldMasterSteve BlackburnWLYC / L&LSC‑23421512
3rd2171GoldGrand MasterAlan GillardSheffield Viking Sailing Club‑6264416
4th1641GoldOpenArran HolmanHollowell13103‑1217
5th2162GoldG Grand MasterSteve HanbyBeaver Sailing Club374‑8317
6th2111GoldOpenOllie GrovesBeaver Sailing Club2(BFD)511119
7th1995GoldOpenRichard HanbyBeaver Sailing Club4‑1677624
8th2136GoldGrand MasterNigel PepperdineStaunton Harold SC‑1915318945
9th2164SilverMasterColin StaiteBartley SC13(BFD)1151746
10th1700GoldMasterPhil PriestleyYorkshire Dales Sailing Club912‑21101546
11th1864SilverGrand MasterDave BorrettBeaver Sailing Club‑30108132152
12th1972GoldG Grand MasterVeronica FalatWaveney & Oulton Broad Yacht Club‑21171391352
13th1975GoldOpenJames DawesRedditch SC129266‑2753
14th1692SilverGrand MasterIan GoreUp River Yacht Club‑2582019754
15th2106GoldOpenIan PriestRipon SC811‑23211858
16th2115SilverGrand MasterJon AldhousBeaver Sailing Club18522‑321459
17th2127SilverOpenAdam YorkstonWaveney & Oulton Broad Yacht Club11211612‑2860
18th2134SilverMasterAlex ReindorpWaveney & Oulton Broad Yacht Club718‑35142564
19th2133GoldOpenTom GoodeyRNSA171319‑281665
20th2175SilverWell Past ItBrian SmithBowmoor SC‑281412222068
21st1977GoldGrand MasterNeil FirthBanbury SC‑32199172974
22nd1876SilverGrand MasterPeter MatthewsWaveney & Oulton Broad Yacht Club27‑3314231175
23rd1654SilverMasterRichard BrameldBeaver Sailing Club24624‑342377
24th1890SilverMasterNeil ParkhurstBeaver Sailing Club3122‑36151078
25th2121GoldGrand MasterIan BradleyOuse Amateur Sailing Club15(BFD)25162278
26th1943SilverGrand MasterChris FosterRollesby Broad SC14271825‑3784
27th2124GoldG Grand MasterMichael AlexanderRutland Sailing Club162015‑363485
28th2135SilverGrand MasterMark LangstonWaveney & Oulton Broad Yacht Club1023‑31303093
29th2112SilverGrand MasterKatie MastersonSt Mary's Loch Sailing Club2224‑41272699
30th2132SilverG Grand MasterChristopher SmithIsland Barn RSC26(DNF)272424101
31st1901SilverOpenMatthew WhitfieldTamworth SC‑373737208102
32nd2170SilverGrand MasterTim BellBeaver Sailing Club2026‑332932107
33rd1696SilverGrand MasterPeter BlackmanBurghfield Sailing Club‑4230393319121
34th2100SilverGrand MasterJonathan BlankleyWaveney & Oulton Broad Yacht Club2925‑383833125
35th1734BronzeYouthJack GoreUp River Yacht Club442917‑4844134
36th2159BronzeGrand MasterStuart BurnettBeaver Sailing Club3334‑433931137
37th1848BronzeMasterIan ParkhurstBeaver Sailing Club403628‑4536140
38th2165BronzeG Grand MasterSandy MillWinsford Flash SC‑4332304335140
39th1952BronzeGrand MasterKatrine BrownGreat Moor Sailing Club‑5128344138141
40th2158SilverGrand MasterMartin WymanDowns SC343529‑4745143
41st2104BronzeG Grand MasterWendy AlexanderRutland Sailing Club47(DNF)323541155
42nd2126BronzeGrand MasterJulia BlackmanDowns SC36394040‑51155
43rd1870BronzeG Grand MasterPeter AngwinBowmoor SC‑4845452640156
44th2109SilverGrand MasterPhil HalldronDowns SC‑4931444439158
45th1549BronzeGrand MasterChris KellySnettisham Beach Sailing Club384342‑4943166
46th2105BronzeGrand MasterBob TowlerBeaver Sailing Club4141‑464242166
47th1900SilverG Grand MasterIan WhitfieldTamworth SC354047‑5046168
48th1498BronzeG Grand MasterGeorge CormackDale YC4542‑483748172
49th1817BronzeMasterPaul Burman SmithOuse Amateur Sailing Club3938‑515150178
50th1911BronzeOpenCharmaine RylandOuse Amateur Sailing Club50(DNF)493149179
51st2160BronzeGrand MasterChris GodwinRutland Sailing Club4644‑504647183
52nd1974GoldYouthGiles Therkelson‑SmithBeaver Sailing Club(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC216
52nd2102GoldGrand MasterDuncan McdonaldNSSC(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNC216

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