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Race 1 – Report by Stuart Jones

The fleet sat apprehensively on the start line with the strangest of conditions out in Filey Bay. A large north east swell, up to 20 feet high, was set against a west wind at force 3 to 4. So off the start line the starboard tack was full on surfing upwind!! The problem was the port tack was side on to the giant waves with the 3 to 4 at the top of the waves and a force 1 at the bottom!! Not many helms ever get to sail in those sort of extreme conditions and all sorts of problems were encountered often leading to swims. Stuart Jones lead out to the left in the surf and seemed to cope better with the changability of the port tack. He lead comfortably from start to finish despite a dip on the run. Stuart Hudson held onto second by some distance despite a charge from Simon Mussell which ended with a snapped shroud. Nick Eggett used his Cornwall wave technique to hold off a fast finishing John Browett.

  1. Stuart Jones 2465
  2. Stuart Hudson 2490
  3. Nick Eggett 636
  4. John Browett 713
  5. Nick Grace 700

Race 2 – Report by Nick Noble

Race 2 started with the same large swell coming in from the north east and the wind from the south varying in strength from Force 2-4.

Stuart Jones took a commanding lead rounding the windward mark and remained unchallenged for the rest of the race, getting in sync with the awkward swell and gusty conditions.

Competition for the minor places was fierce, and a tight battle for second fought out between John Browett and Stuart Hudson saw Browett taking the runners up spot after the final run.

  1. Stuart Jones 2465
  2. John Browett 713
  3. Stuart Hudson 2490
  4. Nick Noble 2376
  5. Richard Batten 2263
  6. Ed Presley 2405

Race 3 – Report by Stuart Jones

The fleet nervously set off from the port biased line expecting more of the extreme upwind surfing of the previous day but the swell had thankfully reduced to leave a more normal day of sailing. The fleet split into those that started on port going right and the conventional starters going left. Simon Mussell and Ben Holden led but with a gaggle just behind hoping for mistakes. Mussell swam at the gybe leaving Holden to lead. A dripping Mussell gamely picked himself up to chase hard but Holden held on. Behind Jones and Browett had a battle of their own with Jones twice laying it down to let Browett through and almost letting Neil Furguson past on the last wobbly reach.

1. Ben Holden 2315

2. Simon Mussell 2420

3. John Browett 713

4. Stuart Jones 2465

5. Neil Ferguson 2422

Race 4 – Report by Nick Grace

Race 4 got underway cleanly in 14kts, gusting 20kts. A gaggle of boats keen on getting the perfect start on the biased pin end with a port end flyer saw the door slammed shut by starboard boats which led to the gaggle reaching down the starboard tackers looking for a slot.

After the frantic start the fleet split with Simon Mussell and Nick Grace coming in the right Matt Aston from the centre and Ben Holden from the left converging at the windward mark.

The reaches were fast and furious with a lot of swimming taking place. By the bottom mark Holden and Mussell lead with Presley overtaking Grace on the 2nd reach only to give Grace the advantage again by allowing him an overlap at the mark. Presley didn’t respond well to the pressure, managing to head butt the mast during a spectacular wipe out.

The right side of the beat was favoured and Mussell lead a bit of a procession out to the right hand lay line. Mussell rounded first, closely followed by Holden with Grace and Browett tussling for 3rd. Holden managed to rattle Mussel on the run, only to lose it again on the next beat. Browett left it late to nip past Grace for 3rd on the penultimate reach. A even later charge by Aston, hounding Grace and Jones for 4th ended in his now customary swim.

At the finish Mussell was able to breathe a sigh of relief to take the gun from Holden.

Results:

  1. Mussell 2420
  2. Holden 2315
  3. Browett 713
  4. Grace 2484
  5. Jones 2465
  6. Aston 2466

Mid regatta Overalls:

GOLD 2465 Dachet Sailing Club Stuart Jones 1 1 4 5
11 11
GOLD GBR713 Dachet Sailing Club John Browett 4 2 3 3
12 12
GOLD GBR700 Castle Cove SC Nick Grace 5 12 6 4 27 27
SILVER 2490 Weston Sailing Club Stuart Hudson 2 3 13 12
30 30
SILVER 636 Restronguet SC Nick Eggett 3 10 9 11 33 33
GOLD 2376 Portishead Y & SC Nick Noble 14 4 10 7 35 35
GOLD GBR2422 Yorkshire Dales SC Neil Ferguson 11 13 5
10 39 39
GOLD GBR2315 Halifax Sailing Club Ben Holden 19 24 1
2 46 46
SILVER AUS2263 Highcliffe Sailing Club Richard Batten 18 5
16 8 47 47
GOLD 589 Weston Sailing Club Keith Paul 7 7 20 14 48
48
GOLD GBR2407 Royal Cinque Port SC Richard Buttner 8 11
19 13 51 51
SILVER 654 Burton Sailing Club Thomas Hoolon 6 9 22
15 52 52
GOLD GBR707 Eastbourne Sovereign SC Peter Dives 10 8 12
23 53 53
GOLD 2383 RYA David Davies 20 21 8 9 58 58
GOLD 2406 RAFSA Ed Presley 13 6 7 35.0 DNF 61 61
BRONZE 2491 Mengeham SC Peter Barr 9 15 18 19 61 61
SILVER 678 Burton Sailing Club Bill Houton 17 16 17
18 68 68
GOLD 2466 Dachet Sailing Club Matt Aston 35.0 DNC 18 11 6
70 70
GOLD 2420 Highcliffe Sailing Club Simon Mussell 35.0 DNC 35
DNC 2 1 73 73
SILVER GBR718 Hunstanton SC Duncan Ellis 15 20 14 25
74 74
SILVER 2448 Mounts Bay SC Stuart Backhouse 12 22 23
20 77 77
SILVER 2477 Oxford Sailing Club Chris Howe 21 14 21
21 77 77
SILVER GBR694 Thorpe Bay Yacht Club Chris Boshier 26 19 15
17 77 77
BRONZE GBR622 Pevensey Bay Tim Humphries 16 23 24 24
87 87
SILVER 696 Downs Sailing Club Tony Cook 23 17 25 22
87 87
SILVER 2310 Lancing SC Tony White 24 25 30 29 108 108
SILVER 705 King George Sailing Club Miles Blewerr 22 27 27
35.0 DNC 111 111
GOLD GBR2314 King George Sailing Club Rodger White 28 26
26 35.0 DNC 115 115
BRONZE GBR682 Mengham Rythe SC Ginge Lincoln 29 35.0 DNC
28 26 118 118
BRONZE 604 Great Yarmouth Sailing Club Philip Alison 35.0 DNC
35.0 DNC 35.0 DNC 16 121 121
BRONZE 703 East Sussex Sailing Club Pete Hayward 35.0 DNC 35
DNC 29 27 126 126
BRONZE 2318 Sandwich Bay Alan Mollat 35.0 DNC 35.0 DNC 31
28 129 129
BRONZE 693 Starcross Yacht Club David Gough 25 35.0 DNC 35
DNC 35.0 DNC 130 130
BRONZE K445 Port Dinorwic Paul Green 27 35.0 DNC 35.0 DNF
35.0 DNC 132 132

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