505 UK National Championships

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Going into the final day two contenders for the title remained. Mike/Rob were just one point behind Andy/Tim meaning that either could take the title dependent on their performance on the day. No pressure then!

Most of the fleet had enjoyed a few beers the night before with their fantastic lamb or chicken roast, cooked by the very talented chefs at Felixstowe Ferry SC, due to a very uninspiring forecast (gusting 4 knots). However the forecast wasn’t wholly correct and a decent 7 knot breeze greeted the sailors on the water and the 7th race got underway after a short postponement.

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Mike/Rob started as they meant to go on with rounding the windward mark in first followed by Vince/Christian and Andy/Tim. Not the ideal start Andy/Tim were looking for! Unfortunately for them they were unable to claw it back from Mike/Rob and finished 4th after letting Ian/Dan through to 2nd place.

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With a number of teams praying for an 8th race the wind mercifully held. Much to the delight of Andy/Tim who now had to win this race to win the championships and Mike/Rob just had to prevent that from happening to win. Needless to say, battle was about to commence. 5,4,1, and race 8 was able to get underway with Terry/Mark in the “Pride of East Anglia” taking gate boat honors. Martin/Adrian rounded first with Alex/Adam chasing them down. Matt/Tim, Vince/Christian and Ben/Rich all battled for 3rd.

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The second leeward leg saw Alex/Adam overhaul Martin/Adrian and finish 1st and the latter 2nd. Matt/Tim finished in a well deserved 3rd place. Andy/Tim & Mike/Rob had been sailing such their own race that by the second leeward run they were a lap behind everyone and thus sailed in to discard their DNFs as it was now too late to claw it back.

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A great end to a great nationals. To quote the champion “It was a fantastic event, well run by the Sailing Club and great competition” To all of you who missed it… your loss! But make sure you make it to the upcoming opens at Largo and Shoreham. Check out the website for more info!

For those going, we shall see you in Kiel. I shall leave you with one more congratulatory remark to P&B sails and Rondar Raceboats for taking 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th & 5th place.

Overall Results:

Pos Sail No Helm Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 Pts
1st 9072 Mike Holt Rob Woelfe 2 2 1 3 1 ‑12 1 (DNF) 10
2nd 9088 Andy Smith Tim Needham 1 1 2 1 ‑4 3 4 (DNF) 12
3rd 9104 Alex Barry Adam Kenney 4 ‑8 3 2 2 ‑8 8 1 20
4th 9094 Ian Pinnell Daniel Cripps 3 3 4 ‑7 ‑12 5 2 7 24
5th 8963 Martin Hodgson Adrian Miles 5 4 (DNC) (DNC) 9 1 5 2 26
6th 9124 Vincent Hurey Christian Diebitsch ‑7 6 6 5 6 ‑9 3 4 30
7th 9093 Owen Tudor Keith Boarders 6 7 7 4 ‑11 2 ‑11 8 34
8th 9126 Matt Hart Tim Linsell (DNC) (DNC) 5 9 7 6 7 3 37
9th 8835 Charlie Walters Dougal Gram ‑10 5 8 8 10 4 ‑13 6 41
10th 894 Ben Iliffe Richard Nurse 8 (DNF) 9 6 8 11 ‑12 5 47
11th 9002 Peter Bennett Andy Phillips 9 (DNF) ‑10 10 3 7 10 9 48
12th 9125 Roger Deane Tim Williams 12 11 12 ‑15 5 10 6 ‑13 56
13th 8381 Terry Scutchy Mark Patterson 11 9 (DNC) ‑18 16 13 9 11 69
14th 8887 Paul Davies John Davies 15 (DNF) 13 11 15 ‑18 14 12 80
15th 8650 Terry Selfe Alan Montague 13 10 15 ‑19 13 16 ‑17 15 82
16th 8860 Bobbie Johnson Tony Merry (DNF) (DNC) 14 13 17 14 15 10 83
17th 8925 Martin Wedge Scott Allen (DNF) (DNC) 11 12 18 17 16 14 88
18th 8432 Russell Wheeler Lee Marriott 14 12 (DNF) 14 ‑19 19 18 16 93
19th 9013 Phil Emery Dan Spratling 16 (DNF) 16 17 14 15 (DNC) DNC 101
20th 8699 Luke Draper Bruno Vaniekaut 17 13 17 16 (DNF) (DNC) DNC DNC 109
21st 698 Mike Arnold Geoff Hunt (DNC) (DNC) 19 DNC 20 20 19 17 118
22nd 1317 David Oakley Chris Baker 18 (DNC) 18 (DNC) 21 21 DNC DNC 124
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