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Superspars Solo UK Nationals at Plas Heli - Day 5

by Will Loy on 21 Jul 2016 17-22 July 2016

Race day 5 sponsored by HD Sails

After a very late night and one too many drinks in the lavish Pwllheli bar, I awoke to the sound of a particularly vocal seagull. A waft of breeze through my partially open sash window peaked my enthusiasm to get out of the bed that had been my sanctuary from the hell of yesterday.

At the marina there was a buzz as competitors readied themselves for another day of general recalls. Out on the race course PRO Mike Butterfield made final race checks and taped prayer mats to the deck of "Banzei". The wind was at 200 degrees and at 12 knots across the start.

Race 5

A starboard bias on the line produced the first general recall and two further attempts under the black flag resulted in a number of high profile casualties, Chris Brown and Steve Ede among them. With the fourth attempted start finally away, the 82 sailors powered upwind, the Pwllheli swell and sunshine combining for some near perfect racing conditions. You could see the anguish that had been painted on to the competitors faces disintegrate and on Banzei, the prayer mats were rolled up the stowed away...for an hour or so.

First to the mark was Ollie Davenport on a mission after a DSQ on day 4 with Tim Law second, Andy Fox, Ian Hopwood, Pete Mitchell and event leader Andy Davies in sixth. Law gained water at the gybe mark and moved into the lead with Davies up to third. Good wave technique was a pre-requisite if you wanted to make places and there were some with skills and some with spills.

Law held at the top and Davies nipped inside Davenport to move menacingly into second. Mike Sims was in fourth with Pete Mitchell fifth and with Steve Denison in the works Winder hull, second overall and in sixth in the race, relishing the downwind legs. Law, no stranger to a high pressure environment used all his skill to deny Davies another trophy for the cabinet and held on the shortened course for the gun. Davenport showed his talent to record third with Sims, Mitchell and Denison completing the top six.

Race 6

After a short delay we were into another set of start sequences which we hope to include in our SIs in future. That would be; 5-4-1-recall-5-4-1-recall-5-4-1 start. Eventually the fleet were off and the pressure was holding at 12knots. Iain McGregor was elated at rounding first and could almost taste the "first to the mark" beer on his parched lips. Davies rounded second from Hopwood and Dave Mitchell with Davenport and Sims in close pursuit.

Davies was in the lead by the end of the lap and extended on the second beat as the wind tracked right. This time the PRO was on the ball and had dropped a new top mark accordingly. The race played out over the remaining legs and at the gun it was Davies who recorded his third bullet of the series in convincing style. Davenport was second from Tom Gillard, Pete Mitchell and Mike Sims.

Race 7

As the last competitor crossed the finish line the start sequence began. From my lofty position on the "media" rib I counted at least thirty sailors with feet up and lunch laid out on the dinner table that is also our centreboard capping. I appreciate the PRO wanted a clean start and the super quick turnaround certainly reduced the chance of BFD so he was actually doing them a favour. There were chuckles and giggly faces from those at the favoured pin end but in a now familiar ironic twist, the wind went right at the gun and those still wallowing near the picnic area, cleaned the crockery away and hardened up to cross ahead of the beggars on the left.

Davies played the right middle of the course, never too far away from the rhumb line and eased around the top mark with Leo Dixon in second who was having a blinder and Hopwood third. Sims, Ollie Wells and Dave Mitchell were all up close and personal and the fleet peeled off behind them down the generous reach. The wind was down to 10 knots so clear air was critical and going low was not a big gain maker.

Davies controlled the race over the next three legs and romped to a facile win from Sims and Dixon. Steve Denison and Tom Gillard had worked the gust and wave combination to finish next from Wells Mitchell and Peter Ballentine.

The fleet returned to the beach after the shortened third race, the PRO keen to ensure the fleet had enough energy to pull their boats up the beach. I do hope the local council can get the sand removed from the slipway soon, albeit too late for the 82 competitors here.

I do need to make some clarifications that, while tedious to the average reader will soften the blow to this who were black flagged in yesterday's second race.

Sunday we completed race 1 and 2. Race 3 was postponed and sailed on Wednesday. Race 4 was postponed and will be abandoned or not re-sailed until all other races have been sailed. We completed races 5-6 and 7 today and, with an earlier start time of 10.30am we will attempt to run races 8-9 and 10. So, we will hopefully have 9 races completed by lights out tomorrow.

Andy Davies has just about wrapped this Superspars Nationals up and with a day to spare. Peter Ballentine is 1st junior in 6th with Oliver second junior in 7th while Tim Law is 1st Veteran in 8th. Iain MaGregor is 1st Grand Master in 19th and Vanda Jowett is 1st lady in 28th.

Tonight is the class BBQ at the club and at 9pm is the daily early bird prize giving which will be sponsored by HD Sails. Fittingly, top prize is a one on one coaching session with Andy Davies. There are also some spot prizes for "Where's Wally" and the President's beer tokens. Free food, two free beers and free prizes, no wonder the bar takings are up.

Results after day 5:

PosSail NoClubHelmR1R2R3R4R5R6Pts
1st5597Blithfield SCAndy Davis‑4112116
2nd5491CarsingtonMichael Sims9‑14245222
3rd5658Hollingworth S.CSteve Denison7536‑18425
4th5675Sheffield Viking SCThomas Gillard18(BFD)93526
5th5651Warsash SCPeter Mitchell3‑9954627
6th4834Salcombe Yacht ClubPeter Ballantine664‑1010834
7th5637Redesmere Sailing ClubOliver Davenport‑151212321039
8th5599Salcombe Yacht ClubTim Law11713113‑1645
9th613WSVRPeerke Kortekaas‑13136139950
10th5608Ardleigh SCSteve Ede10105(BFD)261364
11th5645NantwichIan Hopwood2718776‑4365
12th5130WeymouthMark Lee‑343819222072
13th5314West Kirby SC & Hayling Island SCLeo Dixon3023‑45117374
14th5668Northampton Sailing ClubOliver Wells220(DNC)2632787
15th5363Warsash SCDavid Mitchell1636(BFD)15111593
16th5656Largo Bay Sailing Club RFYCKevan Gibb‑461114162141103
17th5398Ogston SCMartin Honnor21‑3430181618103
18th4982Hayling Island sailing clubNick Bonner‑671911351921105
19th5665Salcombe Yacht ClubIain McGregor40‑492514822109
20th5507Draycote WaterNigel Pybus1228‑29281725110
21st5444Salcombe Yacht ClubGraham CranfordSmith824‑47232932116
22nd4975Hykeham Sailing ClubAndy Bayliss202621‑503923129
23rd5569Hayling Island Sailing ClubNick Rawlings25‑3832211438130
24th5369Hykeham Sailing ClubAndy Ritchie5517(BFD)172026135
25th5514West Kirby SCJohn Dixon333317(BFD)2527135
26th5595Leigh And Lowton SCAndrew Fox‑70154283339137
27th5469South CerneyGuy Lonsdale32431‑393834139
28th5126Littleton Sailing ClubVanda Jowett52(BFD)364953145
29th5573Salcombe Yacht ClubChris Cleaves39‑5127122344145
30th5300Portchester SCDoug Latta‑743924323717149
31st5524Northampton Sailing ClubKev Hall454123(BFD)3012151
32nd5553Hayling Island Sailing Club & Lock SCAlec Powell183028‑444436156
33rd5134RYARobert Laurie22‑5926203554157
34th5547RYAIan Houston5416(BFD)223631159
35th5596Locks SCRay Collins44‑5216414514160
36th5682Hamble RiverJames Rowland26‑7419304147163
37th5655CarsingtonJohn Webster38‑5041312828166
38th5657Hayling Island Sailing ClubTim Polglase414720(BFD)1248168
39th5234Chew Valley Lake Sailing ClubAlex Corby363510(BFD)4059180
40th5494Starcross Yacht ClubJohn Steels28443940‑4830181
41st5324KGSCSteve Corby2932(BFD)384737183
42nd5685RYAThomas Hooton‑534351483111184
43rd4503Earlswood lakesIan Ingram47(DNF)15452456187
44th5023South Caernarvonshire Yacht ClubBrian Holland‑656118342751191
45th5332Salcombe Yacht ClubRoger Lumby1921534256‑66191
46th5406RYAJarvis Simpson2355(BFD)633419194
47th5535PapercourtTim Jackson43224049‑5045199
48th5670King George S.C.Vince. Horey373733(BFD)5940206
49th5643Draycote WaterChris Brown5227(BFD)BFD1529210
50th5403Elton Sailing ClubAdam Savage3529(BFD)275168210
51st5610St. Mary's Loch Sailing ClubGerry Goodfellow‑696638374235218
52nd4927West OxfordshireRoss Lonsdale3140365464‑69225
53rd5102Littleton Sailing ClubJonathan Jowett5948(BFD)244650227
54th5683Spinnaker SCAndrew Hyland73643733(BFD)24231
55th5416South Caernarvonshire Yacht ClubTony Sampson496544(BFD)4342243
56th5647RYAPatrick Burns2446635262‑70247
57th5373Royal Burnham Yacht ClubPhil Sturmer5831356261‑73247
58th5574Salcombe Yacht ClubMalcolm Bell57‑6049575733253
59th4679PapercourtMark Fuller60544846(BFD)46254
60th5024Chew Valley Lake Sailing ClubRobert Mitchell5653504354‑63256
61st5644Northampton Sailing ClubGeoff Holden6267224760(BFD)258
62nd5352Desborough Sailing ClubMike Wilkie42423455(DNC)DNC260
63rd580KWSArnold Jippes66566025(BFD)64271
64th5312Shropshire SCStuart Norris48‑6855535562273
65th5087Pwllheli Sailing ClubStephen Owen144543(BFD)BFDDNC276
66th5575Weston Sailing ClubShaun Welsh50585260‑6760280
67th5570Lymington Town SCMalcolm Buchanan‑727046516352282
68th5306Salcombe Yacht ClubAdrian Griffin75‑7859296857288
69th5649GirtonAlan Bishop1725(BFD)BFDDNCDNC303
70th5496St Andrews Sailing ClubPaul McCombie6375(BFD)565258304
71st5220Salcombe Yacht ClubAndrew Borne‑797758655355308
72nd5237Chichester Yacht ClubDerek Jackman‑716961616561317
73rd5436Hayling Island Sailing ClubDavid Moody‑777157586965320
74th5479LlangorsNigel Annett64‑7668595871320
75th4538Budworth Sailing ClubEric Paalman68626264‑7067323
76th4572St. Mary's Loch Sailing ClubDavid Redpath515754(BFD)BFDDNC336
77th4506HuntsAndy Anderson(DNC)DNC56DNC6649345
78th5003South Staffs Sailing ClubPaul Bottomley‑767364707174352
79th5185Budworth Sailing ClubIan Noble‑807265667476353
80th3822Clwb Hwylio ClywedogPaul Hoad‑818166687272359
81st5536Budworth Sailing ClubMichael Davies78‑7967697577366
82nd5021Budworth Sailing ClubMark Cleary8280(DNC)677375377
83rd5617Salcombe Yacht ClubDavid Greening6163(DNC)BFDBFDDNC385
84th5302Greystones SCShane MacCarthy(DNC)DNCDNCDNCBFDDNC435
84th5639Burwain SCAndy Tunnicliffe(DNC)DNCDNCDNCDNCDNC435
84th5630Weston Sailing ClubJonathan Moon(DNC)DNCBFDDNCDNCDNC435

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