Strong turnout for Tornado Nationals

Sunnucks and Self confirmed as the new champions

Tuesday September 2nd 2003, Author: Richard Allen, Location: United Kingdom
The revival of the UK Tornado class was reaffirmed by a strong turnout for the 2003 national championship, held at Whitstable Yacht Club. While four of the RYA squad boats concentrated on their preparations for the Cadiz World Championships, there was a strong 21 boat entry for the 3 day national championship at Whitstable, including regular international sailors Leo Farrow and Tristan Lamb. All boats had
converted to the new rig, and all were Marstrom built except for one Sailcraft boat converted by Andrew Miller from North Devon and one Reg White built for the 2000 Olympics.

The first day's sailing was marred by strong northerly winds combined with a high tide, which made launching from the beach impractical until late in the day. On Saturday 30th August four races were held. The first won by GBR 406 sailed by Chris and Mark Field from Minnis Bay, strong newcomers to the class. The second and third races were won by Will Sunnucks and Mark Self, and the last race by Leo Farrow and Tristan Lamb in a dying wind and very shifty conditions.

On Sunday the wind was a light and shifty Northerly, sometimes disappearing completely. Race officer Nick Finlay eventually started race five, and Chris Field once again took the lead followed by Will Sunnucks. These two crossed the finish line in almost no wind: only two others finished within the time limit, one of which was the luckless Pip & Dan Parsons from the home club who upon finishing discovered they had been OCS.

A sixth race was started, but abandoned after the wind had fallen below 3 knots for 15 minutes.

Despite the shifty conditions the same four boats consistently appeared at the front of the fleet. Thanks are due to Whitstable Yacht Club for staging a good event in difficult conditions and the Class look forward to returning there in 2004.

Final results

Pos Helm Crew Club R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 Tot Dis Pts
1 Will Sunnucks Mark Self Brightlingsea 2 1 1 4 2 10 4 6
2 Chris Field Mark Field Minnis Bay 1 4 4 3 1 13 4 9
3 Leo Farrow Tristan Lamb Worthing 3 3 2 1 3 12 3 9
4 Andrew Walsh Edward Barney Exeter Uni 5 2 3 2 22 34 22 12
5 Simon Northrop Matt Young Minnis Bay 4 5 5 5 22 41 22 19
6 Richard Allen Mike Speller Warsash SC 7 8 8 7 22 52 22 30
7 Richard Lamb David Figgis WYC 11 7 9 8 22 57 22 35
8 Vincent Talford Neil Baldry Brightlingsea 19 6 10 22 4 61 22 39
9 Tim Huckell Chris Pygall WYC 9 9 16 10 22 66 22 44
10 Pip Parsons Dan Parsons WYC 22 11 7 6 22 68 22 46
11 John Ready Ben Cutler-Sharp Brightlingsea 14 15 12 9 22 72 22 50
12 Geoff Mylcrist Steve Evans WYC 13 10 6 22 22 73 22 51
13 Chris Needham Martin Stephens Bala 12 12 17 13 22 76 22 54
14 Trevor Milton Steve Dodgeson 8 14 14 22 22 80 22 58
15 Huw Reynolds Keith Borders WYC 6 22 11 22 22 83 22 61
16 Mick Davidson Terry Langehoff WYC 17 16 13 15 22 83 22 61
17 Matt Fitch Sean O'Connor Weston 10 13 19 22 22 86 22 64
18 Nick Dewhirst Stuart France WYC 15 18 21 11 22 87 22 65
19 Stephen Buckle Stephen Gerlis WYC 18 17 20 12 22 89 22 67
20 Andrew Miller Stephen Ettling Nth Devon 16 22 18 14 22 92 22 70
21 Robert Stahl Annette Chatten Thorpe Bay 20 19 15 22 22 98 22 76

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