Olympic medallist takes Melges Nationals

Top talent descended on Guernsey for the UK Melges 24 Nationals

Monday June 17th 2002, Author: Fiona Brown, Location: United Kingdom
The Commodore Ferries Melges 24 UK National Championships, ran from June11-15 by the Guernsey Yacht Club, attracted 25 entries from the UK and France. Despite a relatively low turn out the quality of the fleet was extremely high and included reigning UK Champion Mike Budd, Paul Brotherton helming for Ed Leask, Olympic Silver Medallist Keith Musto, Jamie Lee helming for Richard Thompson, Rob Smith and Tom Freytag. Light and variable conditions in the early part of the week made for some interesting results with no one crew dominating at any point during the event.

Day one brought very light airs and saw Tom Freytag take the overall lead with a 1, 2 scoreline with Jamie Lee hard on his heals with 3, 2. Rob Smith finished the day in third with Mike Budd fourth overall. Day two was a flat calm and an early decision to abandon racing left the crews free to enjoy the delights of St Peter Port and in particular the local golf courses (apologies to those innocent passers by who found themselves caught in the cross fire as the teams demonstrated why their chosen sport is sailing not golf!).

By day three the weather was beginning to improve and it was just possible to get another two races completed. Tom Freytag had a very average day and only managed 11, 9 dropping him down to third overall. Most consistent performers were Neil Harrison with two seconds and Paul Brotherton with two thirds while Jamie Lee and Keith Musto each scored a first and sixth. Overall Lee was now leading by 16 points from Musto with Freytag third and Brotherton fourth.

Day four finally produced some decent sailing conditions and all three scheduled races were run. Tom Freytag saw his hopes of winning the event evaporate when he was black flagged in the first race of the day. Keith Musto was the day's top performer with 4, 1, 2 whilst Jamie Lee managed to maintain the overall lead by 4 points with 2, 5, 4. Paul Brotherton pulled up to third while Rob Smith had a good day bringing him up to fourth overall.

Going into the final day Lee, Musto and Brotherton were all still very much in the frame. Both of the scheduled races were completed and to put the icing on the cake the sun finally came out. Race 8 saw a good old fashioned dog fight between Brotherton and Musto with Brotherton eventually getting the upper hand. Jamie Lee had a disasterous race ending up 11th while Rob Smith slotted in another third. Going into the final race Musto led with 37 points, Lee was in second with 41.4 and Brotherton was third with 44. Battle was commenced and the spectating sponsors were treated to a superb demonstration of Melges sailing. Lee won the race by several lengths but Musto hung on to second to take the Championship overall. Brotherton's third secured his third overall while Rob Smith came 5th to take fourth overall.

Results:

Pos Name Skipper R1 R2 R3 R4 R5 R6 R7 R8 R9 Total Final
1 Mustgo Keith Musto 11.7 13 0 11.7 8 0 3 3 3 53.4 40.4
2 White Seal Richard Thompson / Jamie Lee 5.7 3 11.7 0 3 10 8 17 0 58.4 41.4
3 Racketeer Edward Leask / Paul Brotherton 10 22 5.7 5.7 20 3 0 0 5.7 72.1 50.1
4 The New Barbarians Stuart Simpson / Rob Smith 0 14 14 26 0 13 10 5.7 14 96.7 70.7
5 Gul Mike Budd 8 5.7 22 13 14 15 11.7 8 8 105.4 83.4
6 Fiver Colin Bishop / Neil Harrison 22 19 3 3 5.7 18 16 16 10 112.7 90.7
7 Mad Cap Tom Freytag 3 0 19 15 32 5.7 19 20 19 132.7 100.7
8 Xcellent John Pollard 20 10 10 10 16 12 24 21 13 135.7 111.7
9 Gill Quentin Strauss / Stuart Rix 13 21 25 20 13 8 13 15 11.7 139.7 114.7
10 Between the Sheets Dave Sowry / Dave Hall 14 20 26 18 10 22 5.7 14 15 144.7 118.7
11 Clapped Out Toy Boy Ian Cleaver 15 16 13 21 17 32 14 18 18 164 132
12 White Rabbit Simon Henning 18 8 24 16 21 19 18 10 28 162 134
13 Happy Hour Simon Hughes 19 11.7 8 27 18 20 25 28 17 173.7 145.7
14 The Dogs ...! Allen Brown 24 24 17 29 15 24 15 13 16 177 148
15 Team Woolwich Simon Coleridge 16 26 15 23 12 21 20 22 29 183.7 154.7
16 Melancolie 6 Patrick Constant 17 17 18 17 23 17 26 32 20 187 155
17 The Drill Squad Roger Martel 29 18 23 8 29 23 29 19 23 201 172
18 Dignity Rennie Miller / Richard Smith 28 15 21 25 32 29 23 11.7 21 205.7 173.7
19 Zig Zag 15 Henri Samuel 21 23 27 22 19 14 27 25 27 205 178
20 WKD Blue Joe Woods 25 25 20 31 26 25 17 23 24 216 185
21 Envy Dean Argent 23 27 16 30 22 29 22 27 30 226 196
22 Team Panasonic & UK Karaoke Adrian Peach 27 29 29 19 28 30 30 24 22 238 208
23 L'Ark Mike Toogood 26 28 28 24 24 27 28 30 25 240 210
24 The Black Pig Frank Haines / Jo Wotton 30 30 31 28 27 26 21 26 26 245 214
25 Wild Thing David Franks 31 31 30 14 30 32 31 29 31 259 227

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