Cherub Nationals

These were held with the Moths at Pembrokeshire YC

Monday September 16th 2002, Author: Cherub Assoc, Location: United Kingdom
The UK Cherub Nationals were held, with the Moths, at Pembrokeshire YC.

It's good to be sharing with the Moths again, the UK's two most innovative development Classes have a lot in common, the only fly in the ointment being that those who have both a Moth and a Cherub have a decision to make!

There were 19 Cherubs entered - the third successive year to have an increase in numbers and the best turnout since the early 90s. As ever there were a considerable variety of boats entered, but the top seeds were three former champions, Dave Roe, Andy Paterson and Robin Russell, plus young
pretender Gavin Sims in his new boat which he designed, built, made the spars and even cut the fore and aft sails.

Gavin has been burning up the handicap events this year, and much was expected.

Day 1 can best be described as glorious - 20 to 25 knot winds, bright sunshine and thus exciting sailing. It was also Robin Russel and Will Lee’s day as they scored 2,1 in their preferred conditions.

Dave Roe and Clare Warren scored 1,4, tying with Gavin Sims and Simon Goodwin with 3,2, and Andy Paterson and Ross Clark just behind with 4,5. Also in the hunt were Tim Dean and Una-Mary Colclough with 5,7, Mark Chamberlain and ? Willey with 6,6, and Phil Alderson and Michael Garrington with 7,3.

Day two started a little lighter, and dropped through the day, with under 10 knots throughout the last race. Sims was on red hot form for these conditions, scoring 2,1,1,1 to take the lead in the series.

Russell kept well in touch with 1,3,3,4, Roe dropped back with 3,2,6,7, and Paterson catching fast as the wind eased with 4,4,2,2. Dean’s, 9,6,8,6 dropped then back a bit, while Alderson scored 5,5,4,11, and Chamberlain 8,10,7,3. Also coming into contention for the top of the table were Patrick Cunningham and David Hannaford, who had miseed the first day, but scored 6,7,5 then a first on the water by a large margin, which they then lost in the protest room over a start line incident.

Day three was rather more forgettable. A minimal gradient wind fought with an insipid sea breeze over the course and eventually lost, but between them there was rarely much over 5knots. This suited Paterson nicely, as he scored 1,1,1 to move into contention for the lead. Sims scored 2,2,2 to remain in front, while Roe and Russell faded in the light airs, a 7th and an 11th respectively being their best results. Cunningham, strong in the lighter airs, scored 4,4,3, and Chamberlain 5,5,4, but a bug saw Alderson unable to sail for the day.

The last day started with Sims well in the lead, but two firsts (and nothing else!) would do it for Paterson.

A long postponement looked ominous for Paterson, but eventually race started in a breeze that barely made the minimum windspeed requirements. A sudden hole in the wind on the start line saw two boats caught with no rights, but also no steerage way right on the line, and in the resultant tangle left Sims at the back of the fleet. Paterson on the other hand got away clear to win a very short race.

The last race also saw a very vicious and complicated - not to mention vocal - starting sequence, and Paterson’s experience showed as he wriggled clear of the jams, whilst again Sims was buried. With light airs again for the race there was no way for Sims to recover , and Paterson took the championship from Sims. Chamberlain finished strongly (and started controversially!) with 2,4 to take third overall, with Aldersons 4,2 taking them to 4th. Russell, who’s challenge had faded with the wind, was 5th.

Two and a half days of light airs made for a slightly disappointing Championship, and certainly assisted Paterson and Clark’s win. The Paterson 7 designs, very narrow with vertical topsides, are extremely strong in lighter winds, with all three Paterson 7s at the Championships scoring top 3 places in the lighter winds, but only Alderson managing a top 3 place in the three strong breeze races. In contrast Russell’s Roberts designed Slug, superb in a blow, struggled in lighter airs, although to be fair Russell and Lee are also one of the heaviest crews in the fleet. Gavin Sims and Simon Goodwin have obviously produced the best all round boat in the fleet at the moment, home designed, and built - they not only built hull and spars, but even cut their distinctive clear mylar film for and aft sails.

They must be bitterly disappointed at missing out at the last gasp, but in the end Paterson’s experience paid, and the much younger Sims and Goodwin will have many more chances at the championship.

Results:

Pos Name Helm Crew Total
1st  Shiny Beast  Andy Paterson  Ross Clark 13
2nd  Mango Jam  Gavin Sims  Simon Goodwin 13
3rd  Dangerous Strawberry  Mark Chamberlain  Scott Willey 35
4th  Aqua Marina  Phil Alderson  Michael Garrington 41
5th  Green Slug  Robin Russell  Will Lee 45
6th  Fizzy Shark  Tim Dean  Una-Mary Colclough 49
7th  The Pasta Frenzy  Dave Roe  Clare Warren 50
8th  Little Red Number  Patrick Cunningham  David Hannaford 51
9th  Fuzzy Logic  Martin Hurst  Jon Garfitt 54
10th  Pistrix  Joe Snawdon  Natalie Butcher 65
11th  Geriatric Gigolo  Murray Tosh  Bruce Lenton 66
12th  Cheese before Bedtime  Nick Hankins  Nigel Sims 76
13th  Squid  Graham Dickenson  Sarah Tindall 89
14th  Eat My Wake  Christopher Holman  Thomas Hamilton 98
15th  Little Fluffy Clouds  Ben Brown  Daryl Wilkinson 102
16th  Halo Jones  Alex Adams  Jim Champ 108
17th  Strangely Brown  Gary Butland  Simon Turnbull 123
18th    Simon Roberts  Lucy Lee 155
19th  Team Scotland  Neil Cardno  Ken Scott-Brown 160

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