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Gul B14 UK National Championships at Porthpean Sailing Club – Day 1

by Mark Barnes on 3 Sep 2016 2-4 September 2016

The B14 arrived at Porthpean Sailing Club on Thursday to sun and fantastic outlook to prepare for the Nationals.

Friday arrived, rain and no wind. However, after a 1 hour postponement, The fleet launched. There would be a 2 hour delay between race 1 and race 2 whilst the fleet awaited the breeze.

Throughout the races there was very tight racing at the front with a right old ding dong in race 1 between Team Harken (Nick Craig/Toby Tastic Lewis) and Team Gul/North Sails (Mark Barnes/Charlotte Char Jones). The latter pulled away and won as Harken battled with Demelza (Peter Knight/Jane Reeves) and Team North Sails/Troublegum (Alan Davis/Rich Bell). Race 2 was a repeat with the first 2 exchanging position but ending up with a repeat of the first race with the first 2 having nothing between them cross gybing into the finish, again going to Team Gul/North Sails.

Race 3 and this was the one where most action happened. The main protagonists ended up near the back, but Team Harken rolled the dice on the second beat and banged the corner and jumped the fleet coming in on pressure to lead into the finish over the last lap and a half of the 3 lap race from Donkey (Mark Watts/Chris Bish Bishop) and a recovering Team Gul/North Sails.

Race 4 and the pin pile up occurred but Team Gul/North Sails Pulled off the jump and led from Start to finish protecting the hard left but being hounded by Donkey and Team Harken all the way till the last run where they squeezed a little ground.

So overnight Team GUL/North Sails lead from Team Harken, Donkey and Team North Sails/Troublegum. After a hard long day on the water, the fleet enjoyed Go Pro footage off Team Harken and the commodore's reception. Tomorrow may or may not happen as big winds and seas hit the SW. One thing is sure this event is going to go down to the wire.

B14 Nationals at Porthpean SC. #theta360 #theta360uk - Spherical Image - RICOH THETA

Results after Day 1:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4Pts
1st795Mark BarnesCharlotte JonesWhitstable SC11‑313
2nd796Nick CraigTobytastic LewisFrensham Pond‑22125
3rd791Mark WattsChris Bishop Weston SC(DNS)52310
4th787Alan DavisRich BellWeston SC‑434411
5th785Peter Knight Jane ReevesRestronguet SC‑545514
6th728Alex HorlockJim PearceExe SC6‑86820
7th724Stephen Hollingsworth Elliot HolmanRestronguet SC7‑97923
8th772Kathy Sherratt Dee ClampWeston SC‑11681024
9th789Henry MetcalfeJasmine HusbandRestronguet SC9‑129624
10th764Tony BlackmoreNaomi PoundStarcross YC‑10710724
11th723Patrick SeylerSteve CoelloPorthpean SC310‑131225
12th774Jeremy HawkinsSuzanne HawkinsPorthpean SC8‑11111130
13th750Gary ParksSaskia AutumnRestronguet SC‑1313121338
14th749Will RandQuerine Van‑Meurs Lymington Town SC12(DNF)DNSDNS44
15th736Craig BrownLiam StacpooleRestronguet(DNS)DNSDNSDNS48

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