South West Ugly Tour
Bristol Corinthian YC is a nearly round large reservoir in beautiful rural Somerset countryside on the Somerset levels right in the lee of the Mendips. Only snag is with location when the wind is in the north the wind comes over the Mendips and produces very interesting shifts. On Saturday the mean wind was 12-18 knots from the WNW but varied between due west and due north often at the same time on different parts of the lake giving PRO Rhys Lankester a nightmare. That four such good quality were held with relatively short delays was ample testimony to the superb work of the now slightly greyer Rhys and his constantly in action team of mark layers.
Generally it was a nice sunny day but frequent big black lumps from the Bristol direction kept on producing some very lively wind and rain although most crews did not spot the rain from the downwind spray. The leeward gate at times became a bit of an upturned hull grave yard; crew to helm which leeward mark are we going round? Answer the one with the less capsized boats around it. With such a high calibre fleet and such varied conditions there was some terrific close racing with constant place changing throughout the fleet on every leg; you never felt you were out of the race.
Race 1 and after a close tussle James Peters/Alan Roberts pulled clear to win comfortably after four laps from Pete Vincent/Tessa Nicholls who even by their admission had outrageous luck on the second beat and Ian Martin/Chris Martin. In race two Peters/Roberts, the Martins, Vincent/Nicholls, Ben Saxton/Kate Macgregor arrived at the second windward mark at the same moment resulting in Peters spinning and the Martins taking a handy lead. Vincent/Nicholls sneaked through on the third beat to win from the Martins and Saxton/Macgregor.
Race 3 and Ian Pickard/Karen Falcon got over their first race capsize while tacking to lead from Vincent/Nicholls but the Martins disappeared in a cloud of spray on the left to pull out a what looked like a race winning lead but right at the end of the final run Peters/Roberts found the new pressure first to just win from the fast James Stewart/Toby Lewis and the Martins third.
All to play for in race 4 and the Martins made no mistake this time again holding a handy lead with BCYC finest lardy boys Christian Humphrey and Chris “play pen” Bishop for company they at last won a race having led the previous three at some stage. Everything now depended on who finished in what order behind them, Saxton/Macgregor were second, Humphrey/playpen just held onto third with Peters/Roberts ahead of Stewart/Tobytastic. This left the Martins and Peters/Roberts both on 6 points with Peters/Roberts winning overall with one more first place.
Exe SC finest Rosie Sands/Andy Williams won the silver division in 10th place from Burghfields Ellie Martin/Katherine Lovering ahead of club mates Paul Whitbread/Neil Hayes. BCYC’s Stephen Woodward/Emma Yates won the bronze division in 15th ahead of Paul Smalley/Claire Usherwood and Neil/Lucy Chadborn from Saltash.
End of a great day, have a look at the terrific shots on Fotoboat.com. Next round of the Ugly South West Tour is at Starcross YC on Sunday 3 May.
|1||gold||James Peters||Alan roberts||Hayling island||1||-8||1||4||14||6|
|2||gold||Ian martin||Chris Martin||Burghfield||-3||2||3||1||9||6|
|3||gold||Pete Vincent||HRH Tess Nicholls||BCYC||2||1||-13||6||22||9|
|4||gold||Ben Saxton||Kate Macgregor||GWSC||-8||3||7||2||20||12|
|5||gold||James Stewart||Toby Tastic||Frensham Pond||5||-6||2||5||18||12|
|6||gold||Francis Peters||Dave Evans||Hayling Island||4||5||5||-15||29||14|
|7||gold||Rob Jenninigs||Mariantyhe Evangelidid||Wembley||6||4||6||-18||34||16|
|8||gold||Christian Humphrey||Magic Man Bish||BCYC||7||-17||8||3||35||18|
|9||Gold||Ian Pickard||Karen Falcon||-19||10||4||10||43||24|
|10||silver||Rosie Sands||Andy Williams||Exe SC||-16||9||9||9||43||27|
|11||gold||Jane olive||Darren Mcnamara||BCYC||14||15||(40.0 DNS)||7||76||36|
|12||Silver||Ellie Martin||Katharine Lavering||Burghfield||-18||12||12||13||55||37|
|13||silver||Paul Whitbread||Neil hayes||Burghfield||15||-22||10||14||61||39|
|14||Silver||Johjn teague||Lynn Billowes||BCYC||-22||7||17||16||62||40|
|15||bronze||Stephen Woodward||Emma Yates||BCYC||12||-31||11||17||71||40|
|16||gold||Jayne Johnson||Nicola Mcilroy||Starcross||9||19||14||-20||62||42|
|17||bronze||Paul Smalley||Claire Usherwood||Weston SC||10||24||-26||11||71||45|
|18||bronze||Neil Chadborn||Lucy Chadborn||Saltash||-24||23||15||12||74||50|
|19||silver||Jimmy Millar||Iain millar||BCYC||20||11||-24||21||76||52|
|20||bronze||Wes Kangurs||Jo Kangurs||BCYC||17||16||19||-24||76||52|
|21||silver||Lucy Matthews||Stephen Glennie||Royal Navy||26||21||(40.0 DSQ)||8||95||55|
|22||silver||Paul Teague||Pat Teague||BCYC||-28||14||22||19||83||55|
|23||bronze||G Parks||B Parks||Mounts bay SC||11||-30||25||26||92||62|
|24||bronze||Chris Appleton||Bubbles||BCYC||13||32||18||(40.0 DNS)||103||63|
|25||bronze||Matt Dry||Hanna sandsham||BCYC||23||20||20||-27||90||63|
|26||bronze||Ema Johnson||Eve Williams||SCSC||21||-26||21||22||90||64|
|27||bronze||Julian Sawyer||Lynn Sawyer||BCYC||27||25||16||-32||100||68|
|28||silver||Liz Teague||Pete Cruickshank||BCYC||25||13||(40.0 DNS)||40.0 DNS||118||78|
|29||bronze||Chris Bower||Paul Coates||South Cerney/ Parkstone||-35||18||31||29||113||78|
|30||bronze||Jon Jenkins||Sam Barker||castle Cove||(40.0 DNF)||29||27||25||121||81|
|31||bronze||Charle Richardson||Kerry Pinker||BCYC||30||(40.0 DNF)||29||23||122||82|
|32||bronze||Mike Riley||Dave Martin||BCYC||29||-33||23||31||116||83|
|33||bronze||sarah Green||David Green||BCYC||-32||28||28||28||116||84|
|34||bronze||Tina Mackie||Matt Buckle||Torpoint Mosquito||31||27||(40.0 DNS)||33||131||91|
|35||bronze||Will rhodes||chris Chorlton||BCYC||-36||34||30||34||134||98|
|36||bronze||John hibberd||Sarah Tauwhare||BCYC||34||35||(40.0 DSQ)||30||139||99|
|37||bronze||Nic jefferis||Trevor Baker||33||(40.0 DNF)||40.0 DNS||40.0 DNS||153||113|
|38||brionze||Sally campbell||Irene Griffih||BCYC||(40.0 DNF)||40.0 DNF||40.0 DNS||40.0 DNS||160||120|
|39||bronze||John Havey||James Grant||Mounts bay sailing club||(40.0 DNF)||40.0 DNF||40.0 DNS||40.0 DNS||160||120|