Dart 18 UK National Championships

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The finish of the 2015 Dart 18 Europeans in Grossetto, Italy only 2 weeks before the Nationals inevitably reduced the entry list, but the 37 boats who travelled to Felixstowe Ferry SC had a great Nationals both on the water and socially.

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Competitors arrived on the Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning for the usual round of boat rigging, scrutineering, registration and the chance to meet old friends over a beer.

The teams set off around midday on Thursday beating against the flood tide to sail out of the River Deben towards the race course approximately a mile southeast of the club. The weather was bright and sunny, with blue sky, a light force 2-3 southeasterly, and a short choppy sea. This proved to be the prevailing conditions for the event, and proved quite difficult to sail in, especially for the heavier teams.

Race one set the pattern for the weeks results with Dave & Louise Roberts (Stokes Bay SC) winning from David Lloyd & Amy Knott (SBSC), and Paul Wakelin (Mumbles YC but brought up as a Felixstowe sailor) sailing single handed in third. Conditions were similar in race two and the same 1-2-3 took the honours! The fleet sailed back home up the river and enjoyed a hot buffet and live band to unwind and prepare for the next day.

Friday and race three took place in slightly more wind and with the direction more on-shore. The fleet got away despite an individual recall and it seemed that the status quo had been maintained with the same first three, however the results later showed that Lloyd & Knott along with four other had been OCS, which allowed James & Tom King aged 17 and 14 and sailing their first Dart event to take third behind the Roberts’ and Paul Wakelin. Race four and Wakelin got a clean start and led the fleet throughout to win from the Roberts’ with Matt Ambrose & Dan Ryder-Davies (Felixstowe Ferry SC) taking third ahead of Lloyd & Knott. Dave & Louise now had a 100% record of wins to lead from Paul Wakelin in second – an impressive result sailing single handed! That night saw the UKIDA Games Night including Golf, Walking The Plank, Head Skittles, Limbo, Dart Darts, The Coin Clench, Rowing, and the grand finale – The Tissue Box (you had to be there to appreciate it!). The event raised funds for UKIDA and the prizes included places on the Windsport sponsored training weekend in October.

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Saturday dawned to more of the same – it appeared that the Dart fleet had found their own sunny corner of the UK despite the gales and rain afflicting the rest of the country! Races five and six followed the by now familiar pattern with the Roberts’ winning both and with Lloyd & Knott and Wakelin both recording a second and a third. This meant the podium was now settled but what would the final order be? The final day would decide! Saturday night entertainment was a seventies themed fancy dress party with more live music and another excellent buffet.

Sunday morning and the weather finally changed, but not for the better! At 9am the wind was blowing 20 knots gusting 25 knots at the entrance to the river with 1.5m of breaking swell over the bar. The Race officer sensibly postponed for an hour. By 10am the wind reading on the shore was a steady 26 knots with bigger gusts and even more surf. With no prospect of an improvement in time the inevitable decision was taken to abandon for the day leaving the overnight results as the final ones. Congratulations to Dave & Louise Roberts on yet another National Title, to Paul Wakelin on an impressive second place after a long absence from the fleet, and to David Lloyd & Amy Knott on another podium finish.

UKIDA and the whole fleet would like to thank everyone at Felixstowe for putting on a great event, the Race Officer and his team for setting good courses and getting the fleet away promptly, and Brian Phipps of Windsport for making the long journey up from Falmouth to furnish support for the event.

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Next year sees the fortieth anniversary Dart 18 Nationals at Stokes Bay SC in late May and we hope to make it a very special event – if you have ever sailed a Dart please try to make this occasion! Look out for details in the yachting press or on www.dart18.com.

Overall Results:
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Pos Sail No Helm Crew R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Pts
1st 7835 David Roberts Louise Roberts 1 1 1 ‑2 1 1 5
2nd 7911 Paul Wakelin ‑3 3 2 1 2 3 11
3rd 7711 David Lloyd Amy Knott 2 2 (OCS) 4 3 2 13
4th 7749 Matt Ambrose Dan Ryder‑Davis 4 ‑7 7 3 6 4 24
5th 7981 Mike Gomme Sara Stones 7 4 ‑13 8 9 DGB 36.2
6th 7961 Marco Manganelli Alyesha Monkman 9 11 9 ‑13 4 5 38
7th 7923 Des Barnes Fionnuala Barnes 6 6 6 ‑17 5 16 39
8th 6473 Andy Kelley Tory Hackman 5 12 4 (OCS) 12 7 40
9th 7894 Joe Franks Harriet Franks 16 10 (OCS) 5 8 6 45
10th 7563 Pete Boxer Ian Wright 13 ‑16 12 11 10 9 55
11th 7737 Andy Robinson Lucy Ellery 12 13 14 6 ‑19 14 59
12th 6922 Tom Alexander Sara Wren 10 14 15 ‑23 7 15 61
13th 7778 James King Tom King 17 18 3 ‑19 11 13 62
14th 7930 Geoff Lloyd Jenny Lloyd 11 5 18 14 15 ‑19 63
15th 7973 Simon Moruzzi Abbie Jupp (OCS) 8 16 16 17 10 67
16th 6457 Caleb Cooper ‑31 22 8 9 23 8 70
17th 601 Mark Baker Olivia Baker 19 9 5 15 26 (RAF) 74
18th 7969 Adrian Parsons James Head ‑24 15 23 7 20 11 76
19th 7520 Keith Pollitt Jonathon Dalton 8 ‑28 17 22 21 12 80
20th 1909 Jess D’Arcy Ross Watkins 22 ‑30 10 12 13 26 83
21st 6437 Dan Teubert Amy Teubert 15 24 (OCS) 20 14 21 94
22nd 6116 Liam Wright Daniel Brzezinski 18 21 26 ‑33 18 18 101
23rd 7066 Mark Patterson Mark Stones ‑35 35 11 10 27 25 108
24th 7644 Tom Parker John Dasey 14 19 24 ‑28 24 28 109
25th 7298 Ian Johnson Reece Johnson 26 27 22 18 16 ‑31 109
26th 7523 David Groom Celina Groom 20 20 20 25 ‑28 24 109
27th 7443 Sam Rowell Dan Smith (DSQ) 26 19 21 25 20 111
28th 7846 Darren Wood Tracey‑Ann Wood 25 17 (OCS) OCS 22 17 119
29th 7964 Tim Ley Sue Ley 21 ‑29 27 24 29 22 123
30th 1229 Tim Roberts Sue Jones 28 25 21 27 ‑32 23 124
31st 6191 Steve Waldridge Nick Swain 23 ‑32 25 30 31 27 136
32nd 7714 Sean O’Conner Helen Jones 27 23 (OCS) 26 34 29 139
33rd 7113 Matthew Cooper 29 31 28 29 ‑33 30 147
34th 6693 Paul Williams Jess Ellery 30 ‑34 29 34 30 33 156
35th 7349 Nigel Jupp Melanie Jupp 33 33 30 31 ‑37 34 161
36th 73 Mark Coad Izzy Gee 34 ‑36 31 35 36 32 168
37th 3466 Matt Kingsland Tilly Chesters 32 (DNF) DNF 32 35 DSQ 175
  • Youth Helm (U-25): James & Tom King
  • Masters (Combined age 90+): Geoff & Jenny Lloyd
  • Dr David Bartlett Trophy (Parent & Child): Des & Fionulla Barnes
  • Lady Helm: Jess D’Arcy
  • 1st UKIDA Handicap: Tom Alexanda & Sarah Wren
  • 2nd UKIDA Handicap: Joe & Harriet Franks
  • 3rd UKIDA Handicap: Adrian Parsons & James Head
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