Belben maintains lead

Moth Nationals at Weymouth now three days in reports Mike Cooke, with photos from Helena Darvelid

Tuesday July 24th 2007, Author: Mike Cooke, Location: United Kingdom
Some large holes in the shadow of Portland made for some entertaining sailing and some interesting tactical choices on the second day (Sunday) of the Moth Nationals. Pilots had to decide whether to avoid the light patches or take the direct routes giving plenty of overtaking options. Jason Belben had a storming start to the day winning the first two races from Sam Pascoe with Adam May taking third in both. Adam however returned to form for the final race taking first from Jason in an ever lightening breeze Sam came in third nearly losing out to the lighter Alex Adams and Mike Cooke who were still foiling up the last beat. Russ Wheeler was king of the low riders today with an 8th in the light airs of the final race.

On Monday poor visibility and 20 knots on the harbour wall caused a short delay, allowing hangovers to be cured, (It was Sam Pascoe's birthday bash). Once out on the water however it was a different story with 15 knots blowing, which slowly died off throughout the day. Jason continued his fine form taking the first race from Sam with Adam in third. Adam then took the second race from Jason then Sam with Alex Adams fourth in both. The final race saw some big lulls making continuous foiling the key and finding the breeze. Jason again came out on top with Adam again in second and a close fought battle for third between Alex and Mike saw Alex come out on top on the final reach of the course.

The racing for the top three is extremely close with the smallest mistakes being penalised in this fast paced racing.

Tuesday sees only one race, with a foil school being run in the afternoon. Should be good!


Rank Helm R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 Total Nett
1st Jason Belben 2 -3 1 1 1 2 1 2 1 14 11
2nd Adam May 1 2 -3 3 3 1 3 1 2 19 16
3rd Sam Pascoe 3 1 2 2 2 3 2 3 -5 23 18
4th Alex Adams 4 (23.0 DNS) 4 4 4 4 4 4 3 54 31
5th Ricky Tagg 6 4 5 5 5 6 5 -7 6 49 42
6th Mike Cooke 7 7 (23.0 DNS) 6 6 5 6 5 4 69 46
7th Rod Harris -11 8 7 10 8 7 10 6 8 75 64
8th Paul Hayden 9 9 -10 9 7 10 7 9 9 79 69
9th Tim Boon 5 5 6 8 9 8 (23.0 DNS) 23.0 DNS 7 94 71
10th Russell Wheeler -16 13 12 12 12 9 12 11 11 108 92
11th Alan Watson 10 12 8 15.0 DNF (23.0 DNS) 23.0 DNS 9 8 10 118 95
12th Colin Newman 13 10 11 (15.0 DNF) 14 12 13 13 15 116 101
13th Rob Campbell -17 15 14 13 13 11 11 12 12 118 101
14th James Roche 14 (23.0 DNS) 13 23.0 DNS 11 13 8 10 13 128 105
15th Tom Ollerenshaw 8 6 9 7 10 (23.0 DNS) 23.0 DNS 23.0 DNS 23.0 DNS 132 109
16th Clare Dallimore -18 16 15 14 15 14 14 14 14 134 116
17th David Ellis 12 11 16.0 DNF 15.0 DNF 16 (23.0 DNS) 23.0 DNS 23.0 DNS 23.0 DNS 162 139
18th James Mackenzie 15 14 (23.0 DNS) 11 17 15 23.0 DNS 23.0 DNS 23.0 DNS 164 141
19th Douglas Imrie (23.0 DNS) 23.0 DNS 23.0 DNS 23.0 DNS 23.0 DNS 23.0 DNS 15 15 23.0 DNS 191 168
20th Alan Campbell 19 (23.0 DNS) 23.0 DNS 23.0 DNS 23.0 DNS 23.0 DNS 23.0 DNS 23.0 DNS 23.0 DNS 203 180
21st Graham Vials (23.0 DNS) 23.0 DNS 23.0 DNS 23.0 DNS 23.0 DNS 23.0 DNS 23.0 DNS 23.0 DNS 23.0 DNS 207 184
21st Toby Heppell (23.0 DNS) 23.0 DNS 23.0 DNS 23.0 DNS 23.0 DNS 23.0 DNS 23.0 DNS 23.0 DNS 23.0 DNS 207 184

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