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Streaker End of Season Championships at Bartley Sailing Club

by Neil Firth 27 Oct 2023 12:19 PDT 22 October 2023
Veronica Falat wins the Streaker North Sails Southern Paddle Series 2023 © Sue Firth

Streaker sailors from across the UK gathered at Bartley SC on 22 October for their season's grand finale. The coveted Freddy Bear Trophy for the End of Season champion wasn't the only trophy at stake, as the event would also decide the winners of several Streaker traveller series'.

Sailors were greeted by a decent south-easterly, stronger than forecast, for the first race. Local sailor Colin Staite absolutely nailed the pin end on the start but, fearing an OCS, chose to re-round; unnecessarily as it turned out. Meanwhile, the lengthy first beat gave Streaker fleet newbie Sam McKay (Swarkestone SC) a chance to show off his speed and superior shift-picking, arriving at the windward mark with a comfortable lead.

Behind Sam, there was a lot more going on in the fluctuating breeze. Neil Firth (Banbury SC) held second for a while, but was under constant threat from four or five others, all engaged in a tight battle and regularly trading places, up and downwind. Eventually it was Debbie Degge who made the most of her local knowledge to pull away from the pack into second, with Veronica Falat (Waveney and Oulton Broad SC) taking third, just ahead of Ian Gore (Up River SC) and Dave Borrett (Beaver SC).

By race two the breeze had started to fade somewhat and, although Sam was still fast, he found himself in a head-to-head with Veronica for the entire race. These two were well clear of the rest and it was Veronica who showed her usual downwind guile to sneak through on the final run and take the race win. The battle for third was also very tight, with Debbie eventually getting the better of Ian who finished fourth. Katie Masterson (St Mary's Loch SC) 'came from nowhere' on the final beat to take fifth as the breeze faded to almost nothing. A good time for lunch!

Fortunately the breeze returned after lunch to provide a competitive final race. A new course was set, still taking advantage of the full length of the reservoir. Sam was, once again, quickly into his groove and, by the windward mark, he had managed to open up a gap from the chasing pack. This was led by Veronica, Debbie and Ian who all had a sniff of second place at one time or another, but eventually finished in that order.

So the event win and Freddy Bear Trophy went to Sam McKay, sailing at his first-ever Streaker event and making him 'one to watch' at future events! Veronica Falat was second and Debbie Degge third.

This event concluded a number of Streaker traveller series'. The Rooster Super Series, featuring the six major national and regional championships, was won by Veronica Falat. She also won the North Sails Southern Paddle Series. James Dawes from Redditch SC won the Midland Series and took home the Balti Bowl trophy.

After the prize-giving, we held a draw for a North Sails Streaker sail. This was awarded at random to a Class member who competed in the 2023 North Sails Southern Paddle traveller series. Congratulations to the winner, Julia Blackman from Downs SC, and thank you to North Sails!

Thank you to all the volunteers at Bartley Sailing Club for a great day's racing - a fitting conclusion to the 2023 Streaker season.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmClubR1R2R3Pts
12176Sam McKaySwarkstone SC1‑212
21972Veronica FalatWOBYC‑3123
32110Debbie DeggeBartley SC2‑335
41692Ian GoreUp River YC‑4448
51864Dave BorrettBeaver SC5‑10510
61977Neil FirthBanbury SC6‑7612
72112Katie MastersonSt Mary's Loch SC‑125813
82164Colin StaiteBartley SC86(DNC)14
91975James DawesRedditch SC7‑9916
102175Brian SmithBowmoor SC10‑11717
112132Chris SmithIsland Barn RSC9‑121019
121734Jack GoreUp River YC‑1381220
131901Matthew WhitfieldTamworth SC11‑131122
141900Ian WhitfieldTamworth SC15‑171328
151868John TaylorBartley SC1414(DNC)28
161935Roger PassBartley SC‑16161430
172160Chris GodwinRutland SC‑17151530

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