National 12s at Ripon

Sallis and Fowler dominate

Monday October 7th 2002, Author: Howard Chadwick, Location: United Kingdom
An excellent turnout of 16 boats competed in shifty winds varying from force 2 to 3 with a short period at force 4 making the multi gybe course very interesting and for some very wet!

Race 1
Saw Jon and James Whitehead take an early lead until they were caught out in the narrows by the shifty winds and capsized shortly afterwards to be overtaken by Steve Sallis and Jonathan Fowler who despite several challenges held the lead to the finish line. John and Alison Cheetham were again going well finishing third with Howard Chadwick and Helen Nicholson in 4th place. A number of boats had fallen victim to the many gybes and had spent time swimming.

Race 2
Steve Sallis showed he was on excellent form by leading right from the start and was never seriously challenged. Jon Whitehead finished 2nd with places changing a lot in the following bunch and ending with Bernard Clark and Richard Willatt in 3rd place having stayed the right way up throughout the race followed by Sue Jones and John Goodyear 4th place

Race 3
Was again dominated by Steve Sallis hotly pursued this time by Vincent Philips and Helen David in the first Vintage boat and John Cheetham in third place followed by Howard Chadwick.

The event was rounded off with an evening meal in the clubhouse for those able to stay provided through the culinary skills of Iris Miatt and Barbara Spence with their galley slaves Brian and Terry working hard under close supervision.

Pos Boat Helm Crew
1st N3436 Steve Sallis Jonathen Fowler
2nd N3458 Jon Whitehead James Whitehead
3rd N3209 John Cheetham Alison Cheetham
4th N2531 Vincent Philips Helen David
5th N3382 Bernard Clark Richard Willat
6th N3384 Howard Chadwick Helen Nicholson

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