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Race 6 – Report by Keith Paul

Race six postponed from Monday due to strong winds was delayed for two hours on Tuesday due to lack of wind. A gentle breeze started in Filey Bay and slowly built. The race started with a large port end bias but everyone knew that the wind was strongest in the bay. The fleet soon tacked onto port and sailed into slightly stronger breeze leaving Keith Paul and John Browett well out to sea. Leading the inshore group was Nick Grace and Bill Hooton. The wind slowly backed allowing Paul and Browett to cover most of the fleet. At the windward mark Grace and Hooton rounded first and second followed by Paul. The two reaches failed to alter the leading positions. The second beat favoured the inshore course. The race was shortened after the run by which time Browett had climbed up to third. The final positions were Grace first, Hooton second, Browett third and Paul fourth.

Race 7 – report by Rodger White

With only one discard, John Browett could be seen chasing Stuart Jones around the start

line in an effort to force him down the fleet. On the very short start line, this proved

rather difficult. At the gun with most of the fleet over the line, there was only an

individual recall. Off the line, Stuart Hudson was quick off the mark and tacked onto

port to the favoured starboard side of the course. Meanwhile, Peter Dives and Stuart Jones

found the middle and right to their liking as they reached the windward mark first. Stuart

Hudson followed with Ed Presley and Tom Hooton close behind. On the downwind legs, Peter Dives

managed to stay ahead while the chasing group tussled among themselves. On the second beat, Ed

Presley tacked off first in an attempt to gain clear wind. Stuart Jones climbed higher than Pete

Dives who also decided to go left. This was costly as those that stood on to the lay line

gained yards. With only the run to the finish, Stuart Jones was comfortably first and Stuart

Hudson second. Peter Dives clung on to third with Rodger White 4th after overtaking Tom Hooton

and Ed Presley up the beat. Stuart Jones' win saw him claim his umpteenth Nationals title by

sailing consistently well in the varied conditions of the Championship.

Overall Stuart Jones proved the most consistent over the 4 days with Race wins in light, medium and storm conditions in flat water and large swells so no one could really argue that his victory and 5th National title win was well deserved. John Browett pushed Jones all the way however and even in the last race could have won overall if he managed to sail Jones down the fleet. There was some match racing prior to the final start but Jones proved too slippery and was able to sneak clear and away. Nick Grace sailing his brand new Bonezzi came in 3rd Overall.

Winner of the silver fleet and finishing in an excellent 4th overall was Stuart Hudson from Weston. First newcomer and Bronze fleet winner was Pete Barr from Mengeham Rythe

In keeping with tradition the Contender class had some very enjoyable socials including a monster BBQ at the club, that saw chickens sacrificed in their droves, and a hearty Championship Dinner at the old play house, now re-branded as the “Buccaneer”, pirates and galleons galore. Such is the young, and not so young, appeal of the class that we celebrated two momentous birthdays during the event – Tom Hooton’s 21st and Tony White’s 60th.

Many thanks must go to Filey Sailing Club for their excellent hospitality, and for hosting a well organised and well executed event.

Next year the Nationals are the precursor to the 2011 Worlds at Weymouth, and will have a definite International feel about them acting as the official Pre Worlds event.

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