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National 12 Open at Yeadon Sailing Club

by Howard Chadwick on 10 Oct 8 October 2017
Very light winds for the Yeadon National 12 Open © Rachel McInnes

Following on from the open meeting the previous day at Ripon Sailing Club, where wild gusts and much swimming were the order of the day, the fleet of nine boats gathered at Yeadon the following day in warm sunshine and very little breeze.

The race team set a rather complex course to try and make the maximum use of the breeze and the small water, and as the fleet sailed out, the fickle breeze was changing direction and strength, turning the first beat into a run at one point, but finally settling to make the start a close fetch into mark number 1.

Tim and Christopher Hampshire made a great start in their Crusader to pop out in the lead, closely followed by Brian Herring and Ros Stephenson in Brian's vintage Starfish and the remainder of the fleet close behind. After the first full lap David Peacock and Tina Beresford had joined the leading pack in David's immaculately prepared China Doll, Philip David and Emma Hampshire also took up the challenge in a Feeling Foolish. With much place changing throughout the race it Was David Peacock who took line honours and led the fleet in for an excellent Yeadon lunch.

The wind became ever shiftier with flat patches around the course the older boats continued to dominate with David leading from the start and staying clear, it was home sailors John and Alison Cheetham who fought through to second place and Philip David taking third place from Howard Chadwick and Helen Nicholson on the last lap leaving David the clear winner of the event but the rest of the positions still to fight for.

In an attempt to make the most of the remaining breeze the race officer changed the course to try and miss out the wind shadowed areas although this meant only using half the water it proved to be a good decision. David and Tina decided they had had enough excitement and stayed ashore and the remaining fleet headed out for the start although some barely made it in time. The course change worked and places were changing frequently except for Philip David who managed to maintain his early lead to take the win from Tim Hampshire and then John Cheetham.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewDesignClub
1st2620David PeacockTina BeresfordChina Doll design Arden Sailing Club
2nd3499Philip DavidEmma HampshireFeeling Foolish designRipon/Yorkshire Ouse
3rd3?Tim HampshireChristopher HampshireCrusader Design Ripon Sailing Club
4th3209John CheethamAlison CheethamCrusader design Yeadon Sailing Club
5th3356Howard ChadwickHelen NicholsonDesign 8Yeadon Sailing Club
6th2345Brian HerringRos StevensonStarfishRedesmere S. C
7th3468Neil McInnesPaul MetcalfeNuminousYeadon Sailing Club
8th2986Chris WrightGavin Gulliver‑GoodallCheshire CatRipon Sailing Club
9th3384Andrew CowlingCatherine WardDesign 8Yeadon Sailing Club
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