Burton Sailing Club played host to the 2007 International Contender Northern Area Championships over the weekend of the 1st and 2nd September.

Visitors came from far and wide including Halifax, Hunstanton, Yorkshire Dales, King George, Blithfield and Portishead.

6 races were sailed over the weekend in a variety of conditions to test the sailors to the full.

Bill Hooton of the local club led the first race but eventually was overtaken by Tim Holden who eventually won hotly pursued by Ben Holden and then Duncan Ellis with Hooton dropping to fourth.

Race two saw Hooton take the lead again but this time held it to the finish followed by Tim and then Ben Holden.

Race 3 became a Holden affair with Ben taking line honours followed by Tim with third place going to Rodger White.

Overnight Tim Holden was leading by 1 point.

Sunday dawned with more breeze gusting force 5 at times. Race 4 saw Ben Holden win followed by Tim Holden then Duncan Ellis in third.

Race 5 was the windiest race of the weekend with capsizes at the gybe marks for some! Again Ben won this race followed by Nick Noble and then Tim Holden.

So with still no winner decided it was down to the last race. A battle pursued between Tim and Ben around the course with Tim finally winning and Ben allowing Duncan Ellis through into second on the final lap.

So after 6 races Tim and Ben Holden could only be separated on count back with neither sailor outside the top three all weekend - The championship finally going to Ben. Third place went to Bill Hooton who beat Duncan Ellis by one point.

Overall Results:

1st GBR2315 Ben Holden Halifax
2nd GBR2318 Tim Holden Halifax
3rd GBR678 Bill Hooton Burton
4th GBR718 Duncan Ellis Hunstanton
5th GBR2230 Sandy Clapham Y Dales


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