Stenhouse once again
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.
|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|
|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|
|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|
|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|