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Flying Fifteen National Championship at Weymouth & Portland National Sailing Academy - Day 1

by Christina Moncur 22 Sep 01:12 PDT 21-24 September 2023

Salcombe Gin Race Day

After the majority of competitors arriving on Wednesday had decided the best option was to lash the boats down and retreat inside, Thursday dawned much sunnier and the boatyard was buzzing with activities as all competitors rigged their boats.

At the competitors briefing Mark 'Woodsy' Woods announced that against his better judgment the fleet's first start would be under P Flag rather than his preferred 'U' Flag.

The fleet launched and headed out into Weymouth Bay for their first two races of the championship.

The first race was set up as a windward-leeward course of 2 laps. The fleet behaved and got away clear first tim,e much to the surprise of the Race Committee. During the race a squall came through where competitors were rained on and it got a bit breezy. Jeremy Davy and Martin Huett on 3760 were first with Ben McGrane and Russ Clark on 4002 second and current European Champions Andy McKee and Richard Jones were third.

Between races the wind shifted 40 degrees, so the racecourse was changed and the fleet continued their good behaviour and got away clean on the first attempt. Up the first beat the wind shifted back 60 degrees leading to the entire fleet gybing around the windward mark and reaching down to the gate. Race winners were Richard Lovering and Chris Turner on 4071, second were Ben McGrane and Russ Clark on 4003 and in third were Shane MacCarthy and Richard Rigg on 4085.

With two seconds winners of the day were Ben McGrane and Russ Clark.

The fleet returned to shore for a coaching debrief by Adam Bowers who went through boat set up and start line and windward mark tactics. Following the coaching the fleet enjoyed a curry and daily prize-giving where five lucky competitors received a bottle of Salcombe Gin.

Three races are planned for Day 2 with a North Westerly breeze forecast. Will the fleet continue their good start line behaviour and continue starting under the P Flag.

Results after Day 1:

PosNatSail NoBoat NameHelmCrewClubDivisionR1R2Pts
1GBR4002 Ben McGraneRuss ClarkNetley SCRed224
2GBR4071Floaty McFloatfaceRichard LoveringChris TurnerLyme Regis SCBlue415
3GBR4102RaffiAndy TunnicliffeIan HopwoodBassenthwaite SCBlue6410
4GBR4085Mr Potato HeadShane MacCarthyRichard RiggGreystones SCGreen8311
5GBR4005Fiery ChariotAndy McKeeRichard JonesDovestone SCRed31013
6GBR4004FourwindsCharles ApthorpCharlie ApthorpHISCRed7815
7GBR4017carbon footprintDave LucasHarry LucasGWSCBlue11617
8GBR3760 Jeremy DavyMartin HuettDraycote Water SCRed11718
9GBR4021 Steve GoacherTim HarperRoyal Windermere YCRed51520
10GBR4060Ffil the GreekAndrew JamesonJames GrantHISCRed91221
11GBR4112MauriceGreg WellsDavid TullochHISCGreen101323
12GBR4078B' of the BangMike PrestonKeith JamiesonRoyal Windermere YCRed23528
13GBR3793Fantasy IIPete AllamJo AllamParkstone Yacht ClubRed22931
14GBR4061#SparksChris WaplesSimon HuntHISCRed141832
15GBR3904Flying ButtressJohn CooperBen CooperLymington Town Sailing ClubBlue28735
16GBR4082Fformark 3Terry ScutcherChris HewkinDubai Offshore Sailing ClubBlue132336
17GBR4115Team EffortIan LinderMike BartonParkstone Yacht ClubRed261137
18GBR4080WindbreakerSimon PattersonSimon ThompsonDraycote Water SCBlue181937
19GBR4055 Ian CadwalladerSi ForbesChew Valley Lake Sailing ClubGreen122638
20GBR4029 Matt MeeChris RobinsonRed Wharf Bay SCGreen152439
21GBR4033Sparks & BubblesJustin WaplesJackie McKellarRCYCBlue271643
22GBR4113Angels‑one fiveSimon KnellerJake StowGrafham WaterRed212243
23GBR3844True LuffDuncan MatthewJohn ChalkerAldebughGreen242145
24GBR4069QuindiciBill ChardJosh PreaterChew Valley Lake Sailing ClubRed331447
25GBR3795QuaffTim JohnsonDan JohnsonChew Valley Lake Sailing ClubRed192948
26GBR3884FlossieMark NicholsonSteve CulpittHISCGreen302050
27GBR4030AgathaAlastair StevensonDavid CulpanHISCRed173653
28GBR4110 Phil SnewinMark ThompsonRWYCBlue252853
29GBR3918 Paul BusbyNeil BarfordNorthampton Sailing Club/HISCBlue163854
30GBR4101Fancy FreeCrispin Read WilsonSteve BrownParkstone Yacht ClubBlue322759
31GBR3940Forced Family FunRichard JordanMatt ArmstrongWYC/RTYCBlue293160
32GBR3736WavebreakerPeter BannisterSimon WeatherillHayling Island Sailing ClubBlue382563
33GBR3726RiffRaffDuncan GrindleyJon MortimerGrafham WaterGreen353065
34GBR4111Ffizzbizz FFizzMervyn WrightRon ElliotParkstone Yacht ClubBlue363268
35GBR4088Parkstone PenguinGeof GibbonsNick GibbonsParkstone Yacht ClubRed20RET [49]69
36GBR4091Very Stable GeniusJeremy ArnoldRichard HopeHISCGreen343771
37GBR3850FfoenixPeter HoyleStephen MoncurParkstone Yacht ClubBlue373572
38GBR4027VacqueroMichael ClappPaul TaskerParkstone Yacht ClubRed393473
39GBR3914Defying GravityAdrian TattersallGlyn MorganParkstone Yacht ClubBlue314475
40GBR3912Dark Side of the BoomCharlie McKeeSimon MontagueHISCGreenRET [49]3382
41GBR3820 Russell AbrahamsJulien SmithChew Valley Lake Sailing ClubGreen433982
42GBR3536FizzbuzzAngus ScottPhilip SnowdonDWSCGreen414283
43GBR3765 Chris WhiteRoger LePlaNorthampton Sailing ClubGreen444084
44GBR4041ffidoSimon CooperAlastair CooperBewl Sailing AssociationBlue404585
45GBR4084IneffableTim O'BrienColin BurnsGWSCRed424385
46GBR4103Wonder YearsJulian ClarkeNick HampsonRWYCRed454186
47GBR3927 John ThornleyMegan ThornleyUllswater Yacht ClubGreenRET [49]DNC [49]98
47RSA4009RandHedgeGraham DibbBridget DibbRoyal Southern Yacht ClubBlueDNC [49]DNC [49]98

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