44 200’s arrived at the start line for race one on Saturday in ten-12 knots from the south. The first black flag of the day caught out nine boats and some leading contenders. Marshall King and Emma Clarke, Dave and Jane Hivey and Pete Vincent and Tessa Nicholls arrived at the first mark together and after two laps of a monster course finished in that order.
PRO Pete Bell and team did a neat job of shortening the course for race two in a building breeze. Geoff Carveth with guest crewing star Toby Lewis nailed the pin end and were well clear at the first mark. A navigation error towards the end of the race allowed Roger Gilbert and Jane Willan some hope but not enough, the Hiveys were third.
Roger and Jane, who had obviously decided they had enough of mucking around down the fleet and not being in their usual lead position, won the start in race three and disappeared into a rude lead, Nick Charles and Juliet Kingsnorth passed Geoff and Tobytastic on the final run to claim second. It had been a top day on the water.
Sunday was lovely and sunny but there did appear to be a lot of wind blowing through the dinghy park and there looked a lot of white out to sea. Most competitors went to the club house for breakfast expecting an abandoned go home early decision which the majority would not have disagreed with to find a race team busy preparing. Now lets be honest here, there were a lot of competitors thinking the race team had lost their marbles and there was a very apprehensive dinghy park but PRO Pete Bell was fully vindicated. The majority of the fleet launched and raced in mean winds of 23-28 knots with gusts on top; Highcliffe SC website has a great weather station log. There was some small scale breakages but not one boat had to be towed in showing how rugged these little boats are.
Race four and the second lightest helm out there led, Sarah Allan and Simon Haighton led for two laps before first Roger Gilbert and Jane Willan and then Nick Charles and Juliet Kingsnorth slipped by.
In race five Roger and Jane worked their way through to win from Marshall King and Emma Clarke and Geoff and Tobytastic. Roger and Jane and Geoff and Toby had an OCS so had to count whatever they scored in the race leaving the overall winner very open going into the last race which was just big as the sea increased with the tide now against wind.
Geoff and Roger were very close on the first run but Roger capsized on a gybe. Geoff and Toby went on to win the race from Andy and Jill Peters and Marshall and Emma. Roger and Jane finished ninth meaning that Geoff and Toby won overall by a point. 19 boats finished the last race, ashore there were so many broken bodies and so many stories to tell.
Well done to Pete Bell and the whole race/rescue team from Highcliffe SC for sticking to their guns and laying on such a huge day.
Hannah Yuill and Andy Robertson won the silver division completing most of race six taking the mainsheet from the boom after big brute of a crew fell over knocking off the mainsheet swivel base, ratchet and cleat! Simon Gillow and Adam Page were second and Katrina Gilbert and Jenny Rust third. Matt and Ellie Shearhan won the bronze completeing two of the races on Sunday from Wes Kangurs and Jo Munro.
|1st||Geoff Carveth||Toby Lewis||Littleton SC||(45.0 OCS)||1||3||5||3||1||58||13|
|2nd||Roger Gilbert||Jane Willan||Fensham Pond SC||(45.0 OCS)||2||1||1||1||9||59||14|
|3rd||David Hivey||Jane Hivey||Merchant Taylor's SC||2||3||4||4||-8||4||25||17|
|4th||Nick Charles||Juliet Kingsnorth||RYA||(45.0 OCS)||4||2||2||9||5||67||22|
|5th||Marshall King||Emma Clarke||Royal ST George SC/Army Sailing Associat||1||14||-16||6||2||3||42||26|
|6th||Andrew Peters||Jeraldine Peters||King & Queen YC||6||5||9||-12||5||2||39||27|
|7th||James Boyce||Sarah Hornby||Papercourt SC||7||8||5||10||6||-13||49||36|
|8th||Steve Dunn||Charlotte Cotter||Wembley SC||10||9||8||9||7||-14||57||43|
|9th||Edd Whithead||Paru Edwards||9||-18||10||7||12||6||62||44|
|10th||Sarah Allan||Simon Kaighton||Littleton SC||15||(45.0 OCS)||6||3||15||8||92||47|
|11th||Hamish Walker||Clare Stubbs||RNSA||5||6||-21||8||13||15||68||47|
|12th||David Steed||Noelle Vidal||Mengenhan Rythe SC||8||10||12||-13||11||10||64||51|
|13th||Matt Jenkins||Emma Jenkins||Sheffield Viking SC||-25||11||19||11||4||7||77||52|
|14th||Hamish Calder||Severine Rees-Jones||RYA||13||7||13||15||(45.0 OCS)||16||109||64|
|15th||Ian Pickard||Nicola Groves||RYA||11||13||15||16||10||(45.0 DNC)||110||65|
|16th||Hannah Yuill||Andy Robertson||-26||15||17||14||19||11||102||76|
|17th||Sarah Taylor||Lucy Matthews||Locks SC||(45.0 OCS)||20||18||22||16||12||133||88|
|18th||Simon Gillow||Adam Page||Chipstead SC||-20||17||20||19||17||17||110||90|
|19th||Katrina Gilbert||Jennifer Rust||Fensham Pond SC||14||24||22||(45.0 DNC)||18||18||141||96|
|20th||Rosie Brearley||Tom Brearley||Littleton SC||31||-36||32||18||14||19||150||114|
|21st||Pete Vincent||Tessa Nicholls||Bristol Corinthian YC||3||12||11||(45.0 DNS)||45.0 DNC||45.0 DNC||161||116|
|22nd||Will Storey||Gemma Taylor||Parkstone YC||12||21||7||(45.0 DNC)||45.0 DNC||45.0 DNC||175||130|
|23rd||Mike Chapman||Simon Fell||Bexhill SC||16||23||14||(45.0 DNC)||45.0 DNC||45.0 DNC||188||143|
|24th||Trudie Fell||Sheena Craig||Burghfield SC||4||27||23||(45.0 DNC)||45.0 DNC||45.0 DNC||189||144|
|25th||Matt Sheahan||Ellie Sheahan||Netley SC||36||34||35||21||20||(45.0 DNC)||191||146|
|26th||Richard Neall||Sara Terry||Itchenor SC||17||16||24||(45.0 DNF)||45.0 DNC||45.0 DNC||192||147|
|27th||Steve Davis||Kate Havill||Parkstone YC||19||22||29||(45.0 DNC)||45.0 DNC||45.0 DNC||205||160|
|28th||Roy McCubbin||Kirsty McSeveney||Strathclyde Loch SC||23||25||25||(45.0 DNC)||45.0 DNC||45.0 DNC||208||163|
|29th||Phil Sowden||Jim Sowden||Highcliffe SC||21||28||27||(45.0 DNC)||45.0 DNC||45.0 DNC||211||166|
|30th||John Teague||Hilary Ross Watson||Bristol Corinthian YC||32||35||40||17||(45.0 DNC)||45.0 DNC||214||169|
|31st||Matt Findlay||Jo Bailey||Weston SC||18||19||(45.0 OCS)||45.0 DNC||45.0 DNC||45.0 DNC||217||172|
|32nd||Paul Teague||Pat Teague||Bristol Corinthian YC||28||26||31||(45.0 DNC)||45.0 DNC||45.0 DNC||220||175|
|33rd||Wes Kangurs||Jo Munro||Bristol Corinthian YC||27||(45.0 DNF)||39||20||45.0 DNC||45.0 DNC||221||176|
|34th||Toby Ashton||Rachel Ashton||Burghfield SC||24||31||33||(45.0 DNC)||45.0 DNC||45.0 DNC||223||178|
|35th||Paul Lewis||Felicity Pearson||Royal Sydney YC||29||29||30||(45.0 DNC)||45.0 DNC||45.0 DNC||223||178|
|36th||Charlotte Savage||Helen Whightman||Axbridge SC||22||(45.0 DNC)||26||45.0 DNC||45.0 DNC||45.0 DNC||228||183|
|37th||Neil Chadborn||Lucy Hall||Saltash SC||33||38||(45.0 DNC)||23||45.0 DNC||45.0 DNC||229||184|
|38th||Katherine Lovering||Ellie Martin||Burghfield SC||37||32||28||(45.0 DNC)||45.0 DNC||45.0 DNC||232||187|
|39th||Andrew Boyce||Clare Michelmore||Papercourt SC||30||33||34||(45.0 DNS)||45.0 DNC||45.0 DNC||232||187|
|40th||Paul Whitbread||Corrine Whitbread||Burghfield SC||35||30||36||(45.0 DNC)||45.0 DNC||45.0 DNC||236||191|
|41st||Julian Sawyer||Lynn Sawyer||Bristol Corinthian YC||38||37||37||(45.0 DNC)||45.0 DNC||45.0 DNC||247||202|
|42nd||Peter Eyre||Angela Pritchard||Parkstone YC||39||39||38||(45.0 DNC)||45.0 DNC||45.0 DNC||251||206|
|43rd||Tim Pearse||Millie Parsons||Stokes Bay SC||34||(45.0 OCS)||45.0 DNF||45.0 DNC||45.0 DNC||45.0 DNC||259||214|
|44th||Elizabeth Teague||Laura Hitchcock||Bristol Corinthian YC||(45.0 OCS)||45.0 DNF||45.0 DNC||45.0 DNC||45.0 DNC||45.0 DNC||270||225|