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Minus 40 Match Racing Championship 2024 at Stone Sailing Club

by Roy Harris 11 Jun 01:08 PDT 8-9 June 2024
Minus 40 Match Racing Championship at Stone © Roy Harris

The Minus 40 Match Racing Championship concluded on Sunday 9th June with a spectacular display of skill and endurance, as sailors from around the UK braved the conditions to compete in the waters of Stone Sailing Club. The event, known for its unique challenges, saw a fierce battle for the title, culminating in a thrilling final race.

Unforgiving Conditions

The championship, held annually, tests the mettle of even the most seasoned sailors. With a fast tide and strong winds, competitors faced not only each other but also the conditions. Despite the environment, the sailors showed remarkable resilience and adaptability, navigating 2000's with precision and determination.

Spectacular Performances

The final day of racing was marked by intense competition and stunning performances. The winning team of Ben Harden and Lucy Ellery emerged victorious after a series of closely contested races. Harden, known for his strategic prowess and calm demeanour under pressure, steered his 2000 to victory with a combination of tactical brilliance and seamless teamwork.

"It was an incredibly tough competition," said Harden. "The wind was relentless, but my team was fantastic - we stayed focused and worked together flawlessly. This win means the world to us."

Rising Stars and Veteran Competitors

The championship also highlighted the talents of several rising stars in the sailing world. Young prodigies Alex Warrington and JoJo Gillies of Thorpe Bay Tacht Club, better known for racing Hurricanes, competed in their first Minus 40 Championship and made a significant impact by securing a place in the final. Alex's aggressive sailing style and quick decision-making earned him accolades from both fans and fellow competitors.

Veteran Olympic sailor and last year's champion, Stuart Bithall, couldn't make it this year due to his commitments on the new German SailGP Team as Wing Trimmer for Season 4.

A Celebration of Sailing and Camaraderie

Beyond the competition, the Minus 40 Match Racing Championship is a celebration of the sailing community's spirit and camaraderie.

"This event is special not just because of the racing but because of the community it brings together," said event organiser Roy Harris. "It's a testament to the passion and resilience of sailors who come from all corners of the country. We're already looking forward to next year's championship."

Looking Ahead

As the championship came to a close, plans for next year's event were already under way. Organisers are exploring additional challenges to keep the competition fresh and exciting. With the bar set high by this year's participants, the Minus 40 Match Racing Championship continues to grow in prestige and popularity, attracting top sailing talent and adventurous spirits eager to test their limits.

For more details on the championship and a full list of results, visit the official Minus 40 Match Racing Championship website:

1st Ben Harden & Lucy Ellery - Stone Sailing Club
2nd Alex Warrington & Jojo Gillies - Thorpe Bay Yacht Club
3rd Dominic Lewis & Rob (Mighty) Lowe - Bosham Sailing club
4th Niamh Davies & David Nickalls - Burnham Sailing Club

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