Craig discards a second

A report from the Ullman Sails B14 TT Series on Rutland

Sunday March 21st 2010, Author: Nick Craig, Location: United Kingdom

The opening round of the Ullman Sails B14 Circuit kicked off in perfect B14 conditions at Rutland with a force 4 with gusts over 20 knots. Planing upwind and planing even faster downwind made for exciting racing. Good race management allowed 4 races to be completed in 4 adrenaline pumping hours.

Team Gill (Nick Craig/MJ) won all four, but were challenged hard and got off lightly in race 2 when they went to do an extra lap letting European Champions l Team North Sails (Dave Hayes/Richie Bell) through for a win. However North Sails were knocked flat by the biggest gust of the day whilst trying to lay the tight reach into the finish allowing Team Gill to spot their schoolboy error.

New combination of Team Ullman (Mark Watts/Chris Bishop) showed good speed with their new Ullman sails to be constantly challenging for the lead and nearly took race 3 when they crossed Team Gill up the last beat. A very consistent 2,3,2,3 put them well placed overnight ahead of North Sails with a 3,6,4,2.

Returning World Champions Tim Fells/Sandy Ramus, after a four year break, knocked off the rust and were soon at the front again with a 4,2 before rushing off to a social engagement.

Top effort of the day was from Rhys Triffitt/Simon Reynolds Jones (above) who finished all four races in the cold weather, improving in every race, which won them the Ullman Sails Team of the Weekend prize of a pair of sailing bags.

In the evening, the fleet had the prizegiving for last years Circuit won by Tim Harrison/Jonny Ratcliffe followed by the usual pub grub & beer at the Wheatsheaf.

Sunday emerged windless but after a 1 hour race a shifty force 2 filled in with bags of sunshine. There were constant place changes at the front between North Sails, Chris Bines/Dave Gibbons, Harrison/Ratcliff before Team Gill found new wind on the penultimate run to just win from North Sails.

In the last race, Seavolution (Barnsey/Phil Eltringham) managed NOT to choke again to win from Team Gill, Dan Cowin/Dan Hollands picked up a big right hand shift on the last beat to take fourth. Watts/Bishop were third looking to take second overall only to find they were OCS allowing Hayes/Bell to take second.

The Ullman Sails B14 Circuit moves to the popular venue of Brightlingsea in late April for more thrills and spills and the competition hotting up in preparation for the Worlds in July.



Pos Helm Crew Club R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 Tot Net
1 Nick CRAIG MJ Frensham Pond SC 1 1 1 1 1 -2 7 5
2 David HAYES Richie BELL Hayling Island SC 3 -6 4 2 2 4 21 15
3 Mark WATTS Chris BISHOP Weston SC/BCYC 2 3 2 3 7 (14 OCS) 31 17
4 Mark BARNES Phil ELTRINGHAM Whitstable YC -6 5 3 4 6 1 25 19
5 Chris BINES D GIBBONS Brightlingsea SC 5 4 5 (14 DNC) 3 9 40 26
6 Daniel COWIN Dan HOLLANDS Hythe SC -9 7 7 5 5 3 36 27
7 Tim HARRISON Jonny RATCLIFF   11 8 6 (14 DNC) 4 5 48 34
8 Rhys TRIFFITT Simon REYNOLDS JONES Queen Mary SC -10 9 8 6 9 6 48 38
9 Tim FELLS Sandy RAMUS Hayling Island SC 4 2 (14 DNC) 14 DNC 14 DNC 14 DNC 62 48
10 Phillip MURRAY Kevin RUTHERFORD Royal Northumberland YC 8 10 (14 DNC) 14 DNC 8 8 62 48
11 Alex WILLARD Dave TURNER RCYC 7 (14 DNF) 14 DNF 14 DNC 10 10 69 55
12 B PRICE A STORER Thorpe Bay YC (14 DNF) 14 DNF 14 DNC 14 DNC 11 7 74 60
13 Kathy SHERATT Rachel BENNETT Weston SC (14 DNF) 14 DNC 14 DNC 14 DNC 12 11 79 65

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