Stenhouse once again

The Musto Skiff Inland Championships have come to a close at Grafham Water SC

Wednesday November 5th 2008, Author: Rick Perkins, Location: United Kingdom
Despite a nasty forecast, 29 Musto Skiffs arrived Saturday morning to compete in the Ovington Inland Championships at Grafham Water Sailing Club. The sailors arrived to a brisk, bitter breeze, blowing down the lake. With the early start and the Musto’s being first to be released off the startline many sailors where dashing around to launch for the first race of the championships.

Bang on time, the Mustos were on the rampage as the competitive beat up towards the first mark. With a steady breeze strength it was vital to be on the correct shift up towards the windward mark. The boats soon emerged together towards the top mark, across and round the spreader mark and out pops the kites one after another. The boats separated and positioning didn’t change, so Richard Stenhouse finished first, Dan Vincent second and Tom Wright third. With the early timing many sailors where late getting to the first start.

As the day went on the wind gradually grew stronger and stronger, it started to become a challenge to complete the course upright. Strong boat handling skills were the main advantage with boats capsizing left right and centre on the gybes. The fourth race brought top class sailing in high winds with only 13 sailors managing to finish the race.

Sunday brought a light shifty wind. With three races scheduled the first was soon in full swing. With high concentration and high-quality tactics the three youths, Tom Wright, Nick Hollis and Dan Henderson led the way around the course and through the finish. The wind increased for the sixth race of the championships, bringing with it a mixture of results.

The pressure was on in the final race, as points for the top five boats were extremely close. The last race brought interesting sailing; Stenhouse was having a battle as Henderson was trying to defend his first position on the course. Some sailors were risking their position by heading out towards the breeze on a header as others where defending and sailing in safe mode.

The Championship brought a mixture of races from a tricky light breeze to high performance heavy wind sailing testing tactics and boat handling. Very competitive sailing took place.

Results:

Pos Helm  Club  R1  R2  R3  R4  R5  R6  R7  Tot Net
1st  Richard Stenhouse  Rutland SC  1 1 1 1 -5 5 2 16 11
2nd  Dan Vincent  RNSA/Stokes Bay  2 4 2 (30.0 DNC)  6 1 3 48 18
3rd  Tom Wright  Rutland SC  3 -9 6 5 1 4 8 36 27
4th  Mike Palfreman  Stokes Bay  6 3 5 (30.0 DNC)  4 3 9 60 30
5th  Leigh Albrecht  QMSC  5 2 3 2 10 -19 11 52 33
6th  Bruce Keen  Stokes Bay SC  (30.0 DNC)  8 7 7 7 6 7 72 42
7th  Nick Hollis  Rutland SC  10 12 -14 11 2 7 5 61 47
8th  Paddy Gamble  HISC  8 7 9 6 9 9 -12 60 48
9th  Dan Henderson  Thorpe Bay YC  19 (30.0 DNC)  10 30.0 DNC  3 2 1 95 65
10th  Nick Keates  King George SC  -16 13 8 4 15 10 16 82 66
11th  David Poston  QMSC  9 10 4 3 21 20 -22 89 67
12th  Alastair Conn  Derwent Reservoir  4 5 (30.0 DNC)  30.0 DNC  14 16 6 105 75
13th  Matt Hollis  Rutland SC  15 11 15 (30.0 DNC)  11 11 13 106 76
14th  Chris Wright  Carsington Sailing Club  12 6 13 (30.0 DNC)  8 12 30.0 DNC  111 81
15th  Kit Stenhouse  Rutland SC  7 (30.0 DNC)  30.0 DNC  10 30.0 DSQ  8 4 119 89
16th  Alex Cooper  Stokes Bay  -20 20 18 12 13 17 14 114 94
17th  Ian Marshall  Oxford SC  -23 21 17 9 16 23 21 130 107
18th  Grahame Smith  Wilsonian SC  14 16 16 13 24 -25 24 132 107
19th  Jon Simpson  Blackwater  21 14 12 (30.0 DNC)  22 22 23 144 114
20th  Robert Trotter  Derwent Reservoir Sailing Club  17 17 11 (30.0 DNC)  23 24 25 147 117
21st  Tim Chapman  Rutland SC  22 15 (30.0 DNC)  30.0 DNC  20 13 18 148 118
22nd  Iver Ahlmann  Queen Mary Resevoir SC  18 (30.0 DNC)  30.0 DNC  30.0 DNC  12 14 15 149 119
23rd  Mark Goalen  Queen Mary Resevoir SC  13 (30.0 DNC)  30.0 DNC  30.0 DNC  19 18 10 150 120
24th  Richard Pelley  Stokes Bay Sailing Club  (30.0 DNC)  18 19 30.0 DNC  18 21 17 153 123
25th  Sergei Samus  Whitstable  11 (30.0 DNC)  30.0 DNC  8 30.0 DNC  26 20 155 125
26th  P Molesworth  QMSC  (30.0 DNC)  19 30.0 DNC  30.0 DNC  17 15 19 160 130
27th  Tom Conway  Derwent Reservoir Sailing Club  (30.0 DNC)  22 30.0 DNC  30.0 DNC  30.0 DNC  27 26 195 165
28th  Martin Fidgeon  Carsington Sailing Club  (30.0 DNC)  30.0 DNC  30.0 DNC  30.0 DNC  30.0 DNC  30.0 DNC  30.0 DNC  210 180
28th  Mike Robbins  Castle Cove Sailing Club  (30.0 DNC)  30.0 DNC  30.0 DNC  30.0 DNC  30.0 DNC  30.0 DNC  30.0 DNC  210 180

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