Usual suspects win Melges 24 Nationals

Black Seal's Jamie Lea reports on their success

Monday June 9th 2003, Author: Jamie Lea, Location: United Kingdom
The 2003 Melges 24 National Championships took place in Torquay on 5-8 June and were hosted by the Royal Torbay Yacht Club. With a turnout of 25 boats there was a nice manageable number for the race team to look after, once again being headed by Martin Wells Brown as the P.R.O. Martin and his team seem to get better every time we race at Torquay and this Championship underlined what a professional operation they run with 12 races being expertly run with no problems whatsoever.

Conditions over the 4 days were perfect with most races being run in a southwesterly breeze ranging from 8 - 20 mph. The last day proved to be the windiest with the breeze further round in the west at about 20 mph which gave ideal conditions for the finale to this years Championship. Racing as ever in the M24 was very close with the overall title going down to the wire between Richard Thompson' s Black Seal team and Stuart Simpson' s Team Barbarians.

Black Seal held a 1 point advantage going into the last day, but with 2 races scheduled that could have been easily overturned. After a humdinger of a days racing Black Seal emerged as champions after posting a 1,2 in the final 2 races, team Barbarians scoring 2,3 could not do enough and finished 2nd overall 3 points behind.

A similar battle was taking place for 3 and 4 th place overall between Nigel Grogan' s team and Richard Stenhouse and his team in the new Devoti boat. Richard had been posting some excellent results throughout the week especially as this was his first outing in a M24, 4 race wins tells its own story but in the end they had to settle for 4th overall after a fairly average last day from their point of view. Nigel Grogan and his team seemed to revel in the windier conditions and posted a 3,4 to finish the event on a high and pull up to 3rd overall.

The Corinthian prize was won by Simon Henning's White Rabbit team in another extremely close finish from Paul Lovejoy' s The Muts Nuts and Keith Musto in Mustgo. 3 points is all that separated these 3 boats and it is this close racing amongst the whole fleet, not just the top end that makes M24 racing so enjoyable and exciting plus the fact that it is also the Worlds premier racing keelboat.

After racing on Thursday, Friday and Saturday Nigel Young once again ran a North sails de-brief where top performers from the days racing were invited onto a panel to talk to the fleet about how they achieved their days results, with some gentle encouragement from Nigel! This proved to be a real success as it is always good to share with a fleet the little differences that some people do to make their boat go that little bit faster.

So after four hard but very enjoyable days racing, Black Seal became the new Melges 24 National Champions after 2 years of finishing as runners up. A special thank you must go to The Royal Torbay Yacht Club for hosting and running this Championship and in particular Adrian Peach, we look forward to going back next year once again to defend our title.

Full results:

Pos
Boat Owner
Tot
1
Black Seal Jamie Lea
5
1
1
3
4
3
1
2
13
1
2
1
19
2
Barbarians Stuart Simpson/Rob Smith
1
3
2
7
3
4
2
1
2
3
3
2
22
3
Helmut Rises Again Nigel Grogan
4
6
3
2
6
2
11
7
5
6
4
3
41
4
Play School Paul Manning
2
7
9
1
1
1
12
4
1
13
10
8
44
5
Xcellent John & Kate Pollard
15
4
8
4
7
6
5
5
14
5
1
5
50
6
Gill Quentin Strauss
8
2
5
8
12
9
4
9
8
15
6
4
63
7
White Rabbit Simon Henning
12
9
10
5
2
5
8
8
19
11
5
26
75
8
The Muts Nuts Paul Lovejoy
6
15
7
11
8
8
3
11
23
2
11
9
76
9
Mustgo Keith Musto
3
5
12
6
9
11
6
17
9
8
8
26
77
10
Harken Easy Tiger Simon Coleridge
11
8
4
10
10
10
9
10
15
12
7
7
86
11
Team Panasonic Adrian Peach
13
12
6
16
11
13
7
13
6
9
19
11
101
12
The Dogs ……. Allen Brown
9
26
26
14
13
7
10
3
12
16
9
10
103
13
Comfortably Numb Andrew Dellow/Simon Dobson
10
10
13
13
23
14
20
24
20
10
12
14
136
14
Envy Simon May
7
14
11
9
15
12
13
18
21
21
17
26
137
15
The Bees…….. David Myatt/Paul Treliling
18
18
17
16
17
19
15
12
3
20
13
13
142
16
How Nice is That… Richard Gillham
14
17
14
12
20
17
14
19
18
14
14
16
150
17
WKD Blue Joe Woods
19
11
15
26
26
26
26
6
25
4
26
6
164
18
OVL Martin Wedge
17
20
21
18
5
18
21
14
22
18
15
26
167
19
Ali II Tony Procter
23
19
16
23
21
22
18
21
10
7
22
15
171
20
Fiver Ancilla Clark
16
16
19
17
14
26
26
20
4
24
18
26
174
21
Hooligan Norman Broom
21
13
20
20
22
15
17
25
7
23
20
26
178
22
Moist and Wet Simon Benest
22
23
18
21
18
21
16
22
16
19
16
12
179
23
Henri Lloyd Tony Jaffa
20
22
22
19
19
16
19
15
17
17
26
26
186
24
Ramshackle Steve Williams/Dave Farrimond
25
21
23
23
16
20
23
16
24
22
21
17
202
25
www.formulacars.co.uk Tim Jones
24
24
24
26
26
23
22
23
11
25
26
18
220

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