Miracle National Championships at Rutland Sailing Club - Days 1 & 2
by Brian Jones on 11 Aug 2015
9-12 August 2015
28 boats arrived at Rutland for a weeks racing, two being brand new home-builds never raced or rallied, one still in need of a few fittings to be screwed on.
Lots of sunshine and a reasonable breeze saw Jon and Philip Aldhous from Beaver SC win the practice race, but only after Gemma Gibson fell out of her mum's boat while leading the fleet (dodgy toe straps were blamed!).
Race 1 later on Sunday was sailed in a similar breeze with Hannah and Nick Smith from Thornbury taking line honours just ahead of Wayne Atherton and Angela Sweeney from Delph. Leading the silver fleet was Dave Butler and Ross Flemming from Welton in third place, while the bronze fleet leaders were Marcel Neuetboom and his daughter, guest visitors from the Netherlands.
Race 2 on Monday was sailed in a force 3 to 4, much steadier than the previous day with Hannah and Nick Smith sailing superbly into first place, this time followed by Jack Hopkins and Ross Southwell from Delph. Dave Butler and Ross Flemming again leading the silver fleet with another third. Bronze fleet leaders were again Marcel and Giulia.
The first youth race was won by Ross Southwell crewed by Jack Hopkins and the Juniors by Emma Main crewed by Hannah Mumford.
The last race of the day was for the crews and won by Philip Aldhous crewed by his dad with the wind now piping to force 5. E Campbell came fourth in the first race she had ever helmed in.
Results after day 2:
|4th||Silver||Sweet Child of Mine||4010||Hopkins
M||Leigh & Lowton SC||8||6||14|
K||Draycote Water SC||7||7||14|
|9th||Silver||TBA||4040||Tracey Amos||Gemma Gibson||Redoubt SC||10||8||18|
S||Richard / Pauline||Aldenham SC||17||19||36|
M / Bathe
K||Thornton Steward SC||24||24||48|