All photos © Lindsay Piggott
On the 7th and 8th of November Nacra UK held its first Nacra Nationals incorporating Nacra 20 nationals, after a week of a mixture of high winds, rain, and cold weather the weekend was greeted with a surprising slot of moderate winds, good temperature, ideal for competitive racing. The event was held at Weston Sailing Club alongside the Weston cat open.
Total entry for the cat open was 65 boats, ranging from Dragoons and Unicorns etc up to much faster F18s Tornados and Nacra 20s. There were 20 Nacras of various models, racing on handicap
Saturday brought a great start to the racing with David White on his Infusion and Adam Piggott also sailing an Infusion dominating the first 2 races. Amongst the Nacra 20s Nick Elmore took the first race from Paul Butler, he also won the second race with Chris Morris in second place.
Another Nacra that had a good first day was the nacra 500 sailed by Duncan and Cathy Haynes.
After sailing we were greeted with a superb evening meal, consisting of bangers and mash. At 8 o'clock there was a professional fireworks display, then beer and bed.
Sunday dawned with another mild day approx 12 knots of breeze, perfect for exciting nacra sailing. Again the racing was dominated by The Infusions of Adam Piggott and David White, but there was much place changing in the races.
Two notable performances came from Andrew Gallagher and crew Cat, and Adrian Allen and son Michael both sailing their new Infusions for the first time. Both showed great moments of speed, with Adrian Allen leading most of the last race before being overtaken by Adam Piggott.
In the Nacra 20 fleet again Nick Elmore dominated winning all 3 races to take the nationals, Graham Barnett sailed a consistent series to finish second.
Nacra Nationals Results:
1st David White
2nd Adam Piggott
3rd Grant Piggott
4th William Sunnocks
5th Adrian Allen
6th Andrew Gallagher
Nacra 20 Nationals:
1st Nick Elmore
2nd Graham Barnett
3rd Chris Morris
4th Paul Butler
5th Ian Conchie