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Enterprise class at Carnac 2014

by Paul Young 3 Jun 2014 08:08 BST 24-27 May 2014

Fourteen Enterprises joined a mixed fleet of Larks, Merlin Rockets, National 12s and Scorpions, totalling nearly 80 boats, to take part in the first, but hopeful not the last, International Championships held at Yacht Club Carnac over the Spring bank holiday weekend, with sailing taking place in what can only be described as "champagne" sailing conditions.

To allow for those who would not be arriving until Saturday, the event began with a mixed fleet handicap race which was started in a blustery 20-21 knots of wind. This resulted in a reduced Enterprise fleet of only 6 boats taking to the water, unfortunately however the first two Enterprises to cross the line were over the line at the start, handing first placed Enterprise to Paul Young and Jan Kimber. Racing was followed by welcome drinks laid on at the club which gave the different fleets the opportunity to get to know each other.

Sunday began the fleet racing series, with the two races scheduled for that day being sailed in a shifty force 5-8 knots. Mark Lunn and Steve Blackburn won the first race with Ann Jackson and Alan Skeens in 2nd followed by Phil Ford and Will Allen in 3rd. The second race of the day saw four boats disqualified for being over the line at the start and was ultimately won by Alice Allan and Sharky Massey with James and Stephen Driver in 2nd followed by Jonathan Woodward and Karen Alexander in 3rd. Giving Alice and Sharky the overnight lead after the first days racing.

Monday saw the wind increase to a pleasant 12-15 knots, race three of the series was won by Phil and Will followed by Mark and Steve with Jonathan and Karen in 3rd. Race four saw the first two places reversed with Mark and Steve in 1st followed by Phil and Will in 2nd with 3rd place going to Ann and Alan. Giving Mark and Steve the overall lead going in to the final days racing. A spectacular buffet was laid on by the club after sailing with copious amounts of free wine available for all competitors.

The final two races of the series on Tuesday were started early in 7-10 knots of breeze which was a pleasant surprise as this was more than forecast, to give competitors the opportunity to get back to the ferry ports for the overnight crossing back to the UK. Race five of the series was won by Mark and Steve followed by Ann and Alan in 2nd with Alice and Sharky in 3rd. The sixth and final race of the event was won by Phil and Will with Mark and Steve in 2nd followed by Ann and Alan in 3rd. Making Mark and Steve the overall winners of the event. Racing was followed by the overall prize giving and a farewell buffet with free drinks.

Special thanks must go to Tom Jeffcoate who has spent the last two years organizing this event and to Yacht Club Carnac for making us all feel very welcome resulting in a truly outstanding event, which hopefully will be repeated in the not too distant future.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1 23306LUNN Mark BLACKBURN Steve GRANDE‑BRETAGNE1OCS21127
2 23270FORD Phil ALLEN Will UNATTACHED3OCS125112
3 23349JACKSON Ann SKEENS Alan BURGHFIELD SAILING CLUB2OCS632316
4 22501ALLEN Alice MLARKY Sharky BCYC41553417
5 23089WOODWARD Jonathan ALEXANDER Karen BLITHFIELD SC63344519
6 22901YOUNG Paul KIMBER Jan MIDLAND SAILING CLUB54466725
7 23344DRIVER James DRIVER Stephen NORTH LONDON SAILING ASSO122998634
8 21500ALLEN John HOBSON Paul BRISTOL CORINTHIAN YC9OCS7771040
9 23272STANIFORTH Dave MOORE Julie ULLEY SC7711891342
10 22660BROUGHALL Bill NEWHAM Fay CHESTER SAILING85812101443
11 23194DALLIMORE Tony VOISEY Helen RIPON SC136101111846
12 22523HARRISON Philip HASSEL Louise MIDLAND SAILING CLUB148131313956
13 22689BOTTOMLEY Simon BOTTOMLEY Joan SCAMMONDEN WATER SAILING CLUB10101410DNF1256
14 22117MADDOCKS Mike FINCH JACKY CHESTER SAILINGDPI91214121157

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