Boats.com still ahead
Races Four, Five and Six of the Tacktick Suunto J/80 UK National Championship 2010 took place today in the Bristol Channel. This is the second time that the J/80 Class has selected Cardiff Bay Yacht Club as the host venue for the Nationals and today the conditions were superb with 14-19 knots from the northeast. Better still, each race had a different winner.
Terry Palmer (J/80 UK Class Chairman) and Caroline Cooper took the bullet in Race Four, the first race of the day in Just Do It. Having had a difficult day yesterday, Just Do It nailed the start and led the fleet round the windward leeward course. Terry Palmer said: "We enjoyed the breezier conditions today, the crew work was great and we got the boat going well."
Race Five saw Ian Atkins’ Boats.com cross the line in first place; his fourth race win of the series so far. Ian has been campaigning J/80s since 2007 and was runner up at the UK Nationals in Cardiff in that year. Elle S’Appelle followed Boats.com across the line with home-boy Scott Cole’s Purple Haze hot on her transom in third.
The final race of the day, Race Six, was won by Purple Haze; the second ‘First Place’ marker for Scott Cole to add to his score-card. Scott was third at 2007 Nationals and had joked with his crew yesterday, after two hard races, that he might be better off giving up on sailing completely! Just as well he didn’t! Step Toe, one of the four J/80s entered in the championship by the charity Toe In The Water, took second and Boats.com slid over the line in third place.
Tom Phipps, Kelvin Mathews, his sister Kirsty, Mark Yeabsley and Matt Haslam are representing the British Keelboat Academy at the event, albeit the bowman Matt had to return to University in Plymouth to sit an exam and missed the racing today. They are using the Tacktick Suunto J/80 Nationals as a springboard event in advance of the Euros which will take place on Lake Garda in June, provided that they can find a sponsor to assist with their costs.
This young team all have a strong dinghy racing background but as Kelvin explained: "We chose the J/80 Class for our keelboat campaign largely because we have been able to have access to the fleet since we were at University together in Plymouth. The competition in the Class is first-rate. We’ve not yet put in our best performance at this event; our starts are great, we are tactically sound but we need to work on our boat-speed."
It’s Mexican Night tonight at Cardiff Bay Yacht Club, and whilst the J/80 Class are usually a pretty lively bunch anyway, one would imagine the social to be especially hot and spicy this evening. Provided our amigos take it easy with the Tequila, the final two races of the Tacktick Suunto J/80 UK National Championship 2010 will be raced tomorrow.
|2||Elle S'appelle||Thor Askeland||3||2||6||2||2||4||13|
|3||Purple Haze||Scott Cole||7||8||1||4||3||1||16|
|4||Junior High||Steve Cooper||5||3||5||5||12||5||23|
|5||Little Toe||Toe in the Water||2||12||2||6||6||9||25|
|6||Just Do It||Terry Palmer||13||5||13||1||4||6||29|
|7||Step Toe||Toe in the Water||8||4||11||7||9||2||30|
|8||British Keelboat Academy||British Keelboat Academy||6||7||8||8||5||8||34|
|9||Joie de Vivre||Steve Toynton/Robert Keen||4||10||12||10||7||11||42|
|10||Tip Toe||Toe in the Water||14||6||7||16||10||7||44|
|11||Big Toe||Toe in the Water||9||11||4||11||14||10||45|
|13||Just in Time||Andy Deverson||10||13||9||12||11||14||55|