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Gul National 12 Sprint Championship at Burghfield Sailing Club

by Tom Lee on 22 Mar 18 March 2017
Gul National 12 Sprint Championship at Burghfield © Douglas Powell

Eight visitors came to join nine of the local National 12s at Burghfield Sailing Club. The sailors were greeted with an 18 knot westerly gusting 25 knots, as forecast.

Race officer Ian Bullock set a trapezoid course with an inner loop and outer loop in order to keep the 2 fleets separate. With the National 12s racing on the outer loop and Oks on the inner loop. The aim was to run as many 15-20 minute races as possible.

Race 1 started without incident with Tom and Robert Stewart taking the win. On the second start, the fleet was a bit more eager to go causing a general recall which gave the race officer the opportunity to get the new 'U' flag out the fleet then got off cleanly. Races two and three where won by Graham Camm and Zoe Ballantyne, race four saw Tom and Robert back at the front.

After four morning races, Tom and Robert Stewart were leading by three points with John Meadowcroft and Sam Brown in second and Graham Camm and Zoe Ballantyne in third.

After an excellent lunch, a slightly depleted fleet returned to the water for four more races; this time the N12s were sailing the inner loop of the trapezoid which had the effect of keeping the fleet compact for longer. John and Sam took the win in race 5, Graham and Zoe won races 6 and 7 while Nick Copsey and Rosie White took the gun on race 8 propelling them to 4th overall.

By the end of the afternoon, Burghfield sailors Graham and Zoe had done enough to win the event by two points from Tom and Robert with John and Sam in third. Jon and Maya Brown were first 'non foiler' and Bim Daser and Katie Meadowcroft were first Admiral's Cup boat (non self-draining boat).

Many thanks to Ian Bullock and his race team for running some fantastic racing, to the safety teams who where kept busy throughout the day, the club managers and of course Gul for their sponsorship of the series.

The next event in the National 12 Gul Series will take place at Salcombe Yacht Club, 29th April to 1st May.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubPts
1st3530Graham CammZoe BallantyneBurghfield SC8
2nd3544Thomas StewartRobert StewartWaldringfield10
3rd3543John MeadowcroftSam BrownUpper Thames SC15
4th3548Nick CopseyRosie WhiteStokes Bay SC25
5th3483Jon BrownMaya BrownBurghfield SC28
6th3519Jeremy hartleyLuke HartleyStokes Bay30
7th3410Bim DaserKaty MeadowcroftBurghfield SC36
8th3526Christian DaySophie DaySalcombe YC40
9th3513George FinchLucy HomerRoyal Harwich Yacht Club45
10th3520George SmithAlice CrickShoreham Sailing Club48
11th3545Tom LeeJenefer BuggeBurghfield SC64
12th3445Nigel WhiteChris WhiteBurghfield SC68
13th3388Alan BeetonElla FordBurghfield SC77
14th3527Kevin IlesChar StewartThorpe Bay YC97
15th3271Neal LillywhiteFreya LillywhiteBurghfield SC103
16th3457David CopseRowan CopseBurghfield SC108
16th3478Howard CaneyMonika TabatBurghfield SC108

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