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International Etchells Class UK National Championship at the Royal Yacht Squadron

by Jan Ford 28 Sep 2023 23:04 PDT 22-24 September 2023

Three days of glamour racing with 17 boats for the UK National Championship organised by the Royal Yacht Squadron with Rupert Erskin-Crum as PRO.

Day 1 began at Cowes Yacht Haven with registration and weigh ins, where one particular youth team came in heavier than expected, thus requiring a morning run donning as many layers as they could find. All the teams made it out into the Solent for the first race in 8-13knts and sunny conditions. Jolly Roger started off strong, taking the first race win with their distinctive Pirate flag on their spinnaker, although I'm not sure how jolly they were as it seems they only have the name Roger on the back of their boat now.

It seemed to be a day for the top 3 to show their dominance as third place Exabyte took the bullet in race 2 followed by the winners No Dramas in race 3. The race into the beer fridge began and luckily the key was located, so there was no need to use an angle grinder on the lock this time. After the days racing the Royal Yacht Squadron hosted the Etchells fleet for drinks and supper, thank you to them for a great evening.

Day 2 showed the aftermath of the previous night's champagne, racing was postponed on the water whilst waiting for the wind to fill in, providing the perfect opportunity for some hangovers to be nursed. Racing began once the breeze started building, Jolly Roger winning race 4, followed by Exabyte in race 5 and then No Dramas in race 6. It seems this top 3 don't want to share any of the race bullets with the rest of the fleet

Saturday evening was organised by David Mclean at the Island Sailing Club, with what seemed to be a never-ending supply of captain pizza, a big thank you to David for the evening.

Day 3 was a big one, with 20-26knts it was a day for big hikes and some soggy bowmen. The conditions tested the boats with numerous breakages, thank you to the race committee for holding racing and allowing teams to fix their boats. Current leaders Jolly Roger began their day with an OCS, whilst No Dramas provided and impressive 1,1,2 score line to take the overall National title with 19 pts, Jolly Roger was 2nd with 20pts followed by Exabyte with 33pts.

Well done to Andrew Lawson, Graham Vials and Billy Russell for taking the National title as well as first Corinthian. 2nd Corinthian was Mans Best Friend (Ewan Wilson), 3rd Rocketman (Rob Goddard) and finishing the results first youth boat was Alison (Vita Heathcote).

Thank you to the Royal Yacht Squadron for hosting a great Nationals.

Overall Results:

PosBow NoSail NoBoat NameSkipper / CrewR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9Pts
190  GBR 1490No Dramas (Corinthian)Andrew Lawson / Graham Vials / Billy Russell52176111219
252  GBR 1352Jolly RogerBruno Van‑Dyke / Matt Reid / Rob Bunce/George Downer146123OCS2120
318  GBR 1459ExabyteShaun FROHLICH / Duncan Truswell / Matt Howard1414121433533
451  GBR 1351AudreyTom Hough / Tom Ballantine / Mary Henderson / Richard Moxey10613115545349
531  GBR 1431Strait DealerDavid Franks / GRaham Sunderland / Ben Cassford / Tom Callan21575410107853
657  GBR 957AlisonTed Blowers / Vita Heathcote / Louisa Nordstrom / Zak Bermon4312UFD3299DNF60
760  GBR 1460Man's Best Friend (Corinthian)Oliver Maclean / Ewan Wilson / Marc Heger / Olly Dowson McGill71426106712RET64
839  GBR 1439Rocketman (Corinthian)Rob Goddard / Arlo Brand / mark Heuchan67941486131164
971  GBR 1271Ziggy (Corinthian)Thomas Goodman / Brendan Lynch / Emilia Russel / James Gifford81214877114966
1092  GBR 927Shamal (Corinthian)julia Staite / Ben Bradley / Raulf Berry / Leo Wilkinson151352812136RET74
118  GBR 1508StandfastSimon Patterson / Luke Cross / Ruaridh Wright310310129DNSDNSDNS83
121  GBR 1517Ada 2David Maclean / Quentin Bes‑Green / Harry Blowers12178UFD15UFD28484
1382  GBR 782Pulse (Corinthian)George Graham / Kamran Ewbank / Tristan Tomlinson175111316UFD810686
1453  GBR 1353The Plant HunterMalcolm Offord / Laurence Mead / Oscar Mead16810UFD13DSQ511788
1594  GBR 1194Mano (Corinthian)Alexandra Barker / Jake Bowhay / Poppy Neil / Tiger Tellwright99UFD9911RETDNSUFD101
1614  GBR 1014Palaver (Corinthian)Kai Hockley / Jessye Opoku‑Ware / Felipe Garcia1111RETUFD11UFD121410105
1720  GBR 1020Sumo (Corinthian)Lucy Gates / Kate MacAdorey / crew / Ross Southwell131615317131415DNF106
Corinthian Teams
190  GBR 1490No DramasAndrew Lawson / Graham Vials / Billy Russell52176111219
260  GBR 1460Man's Best FriendOliver Maclean / Ewan Wilson / Marc Heger / Olly Dowson McGill71426106712RET64
339  GBR 1439RocketmanRob Goddard / Arlo Brand / mark Heuchan67941486131164
471  GBR 1271ZiggyThomas Goodman / Brendan Lynch / Emilia Russel / James Gifford81214877114966
592  GBR 927Shamaljulia Staite / Ben Bradley / Raulf Berry / Leo Wilkinson151352812136RET74
682  GBR 782PulseGeorge Graham / Kamran Ewbank / Tristan Tomlinson175111316UFD810686
794  GBR 1194ManoAlexandra Barker / Jake Bowhay / Poppy Neil / Tiger Tellwright99UFD9911RETDNSUFD101
814  GBR 1014PalaverKai Hockley / Jessye Opoku‑Ware / Felipe Garcia1111RETUFD11UFD121410105
920  GBR 1020SumoLucy Gates / Kate MacAdorey / crew / Ross Southwell131615317131415DNF106

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