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Allen Flying Fifteen Nationals at Largs Sailing Club - Overall

By Alan Henderson on 23 Jul 2012 20-23 July 2012
Photos © Alan Henderson / www.fotoboat.com
Allen Flying Fifteen nationals at Largs
Allen Flying Fifteen nationals at Largs

Tenth time lucky as Kneller and Lucas take the title

After a day of big winds yesterday, winds peaked briefly at 6 knots then disappeared, so no racing was possible today, Monday 23rd, on the final day of the Allen Flying Fifteen Nationals at Largs.

The Championship rested on the first two days of racing, in particular on the two races on Day 2, when Simon Kneller and Dave Lucas from Grafham Water SC took a win and a third place in two tricky light weather races. Very few competitors managed two good results on a difficult day.

Kneller and Lucas, improving with every race at this event, thus rose to the top of the leaderboard, to take the Allen Flying Fifteen National Championships. Kneller and Lucas were sailing in their tenth successive National Championship, and it was tenth time lucky as they landed the title for the first time.

Just two points behind, three teams were tied on six points, but the tiebreak gave Steve Goacher and Phil Evans second place, with husband and wife pairing David and Sally McKee third. Fourth in a brand new boat, launched on the first day of the Championship, were Irish visitors John Lavery and David O’Brien.

They were one of three Irish visiting boats from Dun Laoghaire, who joined Scottish, English and Welsh boats at this Championship at Largs.

Fifth were Charles Apthorp and Jonathan Clark, from Hayling Island. All five leading teams have years of experience in the class, and collectively boast many Championship titles. Racing was thus very competitive in this quality of fleet.

However those with a more relaxed attitude were also catered for, with several Silver fleet (older boats) and Classics (vintage) boats enjoying the Championship. Alex Tatlow, who sailed in the Silver fleet said, “A Silver FF is the most economic way to have a competitive boat. Silvers give excellent value for money, and need much less maintenance than many other boats. My brother and I really enjoy sailing our Fifteen at events like Cowes Week, and at Championships like this.”

The Championship was well supported by sponsors, with title sponsor Allen supplying a generous range of prizes, while day sponsors Ovington, Goacher Sails, P & B and www.fotoboat.com added to the prizes. Loch Fyne supported a seafood reception and contributed prizes, while Loch Lomond Distillery provided very welcome liquid Scottish products.

This Nationals was a Qualifier event for the 2013 World Championships, and the final Worlds Qualifier event in the class will be the Scottish Championship at Loch Lomond on October 6/7, where a strong entry of over 30 boats is expected.

Overall Results:
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PosNatSail NoBoat NameDivisionHelmCrewClubUlster CupCalypso CupJohn Clark TrophyPts
1stGBR3937Sound BarrierOpenSimon KnellerDave LucasGrafham Water SC-10314
2ndGBR3821 OpenSteve GoacherPhil EvansRoyal Windermere YC51-96
3rdGBR3905Secret Ingredient XOpenDavid McKeeSally McKeeDovestone4-1526
4thIRL4002 OpenJohn LaveryDavid O'BrienNational Y C2-446
5thGBR3957FourwindsOpenCharles ApthorpJonathan ClarkHISC17-88
6thGBR3914Defying GravetyOpenAdrian TattersallTim SmartParkstone-21639
7thGBR3953 OpenRobert HogbenGlyn MorganBewl Valley SC3-869
8thGBR3973Longstaffs BoatOpenSimon LongstaffJon DenwoodBassenthwaite8-10513
9thGBR3998 OpenAlan BaxJamie MarsdenHISC6(OCS)713
10thGBR3736WavebreakerOpenPeter BannisterSue BannisterHISC122-2114
11thGBR3780Fast & FuriousOpenDavid MorganLorina WaldenLlangorse SC115-2516
12thGBR3974Carbon FootprintOpenGeoff BaylissSteve WilsonHISC79-2216
13thGBR3899Spirit of HallinOpenMichael ThompsonSimon MillingtonCVLSC9-121019
14thGBR3901FreewheelinOpenMike KilbeeTony CoxParkstone-16111122
15thGBR3788Statler and WaldorfOpenHamish MackayAdrew LawsonRoyal Highland YC-17131427
16thIRL3665DerangedOpenAlan GreenBen MulliganNational Y C1314-1527
17thGBR3795WindconquerorOpenSimon PattersonSimon ThompsonDraycote Water SC15-181328
18thGBR3641Ffunky ChickenOpenGraham CampbellGraeme GalbraithHoly Loch SC(DNC)211233
19thGBR627VamooseClassicBobby SalmondIngrid MagnusHoly Loch SC1419-2033
20thIRL3970Frequent FlyerOpenDavid MulvinRonan BeirneNational Y C-19171633
21stGBR3678FfeeOpenAlastair LoganHugh JenkinsLoch Lomond-24161935
22ndGBR3787FiveOpenDavid BrockbankRob ParfitKey West18-221836
23rdGBR4001Hot Off The GirdleOpenEuan DunnDave RedpathLoch Lomond20-241737
24thGBR3351MischieffSilverChris BowenMarion BowenNorthampton2220-2342
25thGBR3074RagamuffinSilverAlasdair Ireland (Snr)Alasdair Ireland (Jnr)Holy Loch SC23-272447
26thGBR3721SquiggleOpenKeith JamiesonPeter BrownRoyal Windermere YC2523-2648
27thGBR3939 OpenAtholl KingTrevor BellisDerwent Reservoir SC2825-3153
28thGBR516FfilthyClassicNeil MandersonRobert WalkerHelensburgh SC26-282753
29thGBR3288Affore the WeekSilverAlex TatlowMike TatlowSouth Cerney SC-29262854
30thGBR2641TesscalamouClassicMike HampsonDavid NaylorDovestone2729-3256
31stGBR3826FfionaOpenTony LyallCharles Apthorp JnrWelwyn Garden City SC-32312960
32ndGBR3685Millenium MaidOpenSteve LeeDavid FairburnLoch Lomond30-323060
33rdGBR3565Okey DokeyOpenDavid AttwoodFergus AttwoodTayvallich3130-3361

Top Scots: Hamish Mackay and Andy Lawson, Royal Highland YC in 15th overall
Top Classic overall; Bobby Salmond/ Ingrid Magnus, Holy Loch SC in 19th overall
Top Silver overall; Chris and Marion Bowen, Northampton SC in 24th overall
Best boat over 7 years old; Peter and Sue Bannister, Hayling Island SC in 10th overall

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