Please select your home edition
Edition app (top)

Harken UK Soling Inlands at Kielder Water Sailing Club

by Soling UK 28 Oct 2003 16:45 GMT October 2003

The Soling Inland Championships were held at the Kielder Water Sailing club in October 2003.

Fourteen International Solings took part, with teams from all over the UK from Fort William in the Highlands of Scotland down to Salcombe on the south coast of England. To add more of an international flavour to the event one boat made the journey from the impressive new fleet in Barry, South Wales. It was very encouraging to see new Solings arriving from emerging fleets around the UK. The resurgence of the soling throughout the UK has been despite (or maybe because of!) the loss of our Olympic Status.

The event was one of the most openly contested events of recent years with 5 different boats taking "line honours" during the 7 race series.

Saturdays sailing took part in very light winds that required the very special skills of delicate kite trimming (preferably without breathing), intense concentration, and patience! Only 4 boats were able to complete the first race within the prescribed time limit. This meant an early use of the discard for the other 10 boats.

Sunday brought more wind from the south east (over the dam) in the order of 5 – 10 knots providing some great conditions for the final 3 races.

The event was eventually won by Mike Preston, Bryan Bottomley and Ron Preston in GBR 143, this result also secured first place in the 2003 UK Soling Series.

Prizes were also awarded to Derek Priestley for leading Masters (Helm over 50), Keith Hull was awarded the Classic Yacht prize on GBR 112 and Dawn Craig for first lady. Leading Youth (Under 25) went to Jon Wilde.

Kielder Water Sailing Club members were thanked for there wonderful hospitality.

Overall Results:

1st GBR 143 Michael Preston, Bryan Bottomley and Ron Preston
2nd GBR 156 Ken Bailey, Derek Beddows and Jonathon Cunliffe
3rd GBR 155 Gary Richardson, Karl Sloane and Stuart Lee
4th GBR 164 Derek Priestley, David Geldard and Steve Baldham
5th GBR 160 Peter Hewitson, Chris Duffy and Peter Dilkes
6th GBR 161 Hamish Loudon, Baz Fountain and Mark Brammer
7th GBR 147 Paul Curtis, George Barker and Peter
8th GBR 163 Robbie Robertson, Stuart Robertson and Adrian Hope
9th GBR 112 Keith Hull, Dawn Craig and Ken Hathway
10th GBR 157 Iain Loudon, Liz Loudon and Malcolm Garrington
11th GBR 5 Hugh Davies, Mrttin Bomer and Ian Watts
12th GBR 168 Dave Wilde, Roger Eaves and Jon Wilde
13th GBR 165 John Roberts, Martin Dickens and Dave Wilde
14th GBR 162 Peter Mountain, Dave Fish and Simon Barnes

Related Articles

John Mullins : 1938 - 2020
Yacht designer and master boatbuilder from Brightlingsea John Mullins' was a designer and builder of World Championship winning Dragon, Soling and Brightlingsea One Design boats. In addition he designed and built many successful sailing dinghies, cruising yachts and motor launches. Posted on 28 May
Bob Fisher - The second Wise and Witty Man
A key influencer in the world of sailing Key influencers in the world of UK dinghy sailing, like London buses, can often come in twos, with the best example of this being how the development of the sport here was driven by the shared presence of not just Jack Holt, but Ian Proctor. Posted on 14 Jan
Soling European Championship
13 nations present at Circolo Vela Torbole The beauty of sailing on Lake Garda is that you can attend international events every day, ranging from the most modern and fast flying catamarans, to classic boats that may be a bit slow, where technique and tactics are fundamental. Posted on 28 Jun 2019
Kindly Leave the Stage
What happens to ex-Olympic classes? The Carnival is over...but the Show must go on! These comparisons with a circus have never been stronger, all the more now that the Finn has been told to "kindly leave the stage", with the Olympic Regatta at Enoshima bringing an end to 72 years service. Posted on 3 Dec 2018
Vintage Yachting Games preview
Copenhagen to host ex-Olympic classes next week The fourth edition of the Vintage Yachting Games takes place in Copenhagen from 16-22 September 2018. The Vintage Yachting Games provide an opportunity for a high-level international regatta for the classes which were once Olympic Games equipment. Posted on 15 Sep 2018
Soling European Championship preview
Races will be tracked and visible live The Soling Europeans of 2018 will be held at Alsóörs, Hungary between 1-5th of May. Alsóörs is located on the northern side of Lake Balaton, the most prominent lake in Central Europe. Posted on 27 Apr 2018
2017 Christmas Fun Run winners announced
Chuck Clay had a dominating win Chuck Clay of Alamitos Bay Yacht Club had a dominating win in the Cal 20 Class and Randy Smith of Long Beach Yacht Club won in the Soling Class this past Saturday in the Long Beach Yacht Club's 2017 Christmas Fun Run, formerly known as the Cal 20 Fun Run. Posted on 13 Dec 2017
Soling European Championship overall
Varied conditions for the 37 teams The Soling European Championships at Fraglia Vela Riva finished with the undisputed success of the Hungarians (already twice World Champions) Farkas, Vezer, Csaba after four sunny days of nostalgic sailing in varied wind conditions. Posted on 17 Jul 2017
Soling European Championship day 3
Hungarians are leading the way On the second to last day of Soling European Championships, organised by Fraglia Vela Riva, the wind was light for the 40 teams from 11 countries. Despite the wind conditions changed, the leader is still the Hungarian Litkey. Posted on 16 Jul 2017
Soling European Championship days 1 & 2
37 teams are racing on Lake Garda The Soling European Championships kicked off at Fraglia Vela Riva with the first three races, as scheduled. The initial light wind increased up to 12 knots. Posted on 15 Jul 2017