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Nexus Marine J/80 Nationals at Cardiff Bay Yacht Club Day 1

by Becci Eplett, J/80 UK Class Association 7 Jun 2007 18:19 BST

In three weeks 117 J/80s will assemble in La Trinité sur Mer in Brittany for the largest World Championship that the Class has ever seen, and today eighteen of the UK fleet set sail out into the Bristol Channel for Cardiff Bay Yacht Club for the first day of racing in the Nexus Marine J/80 UK National Championship. Under Race Officer Mike Pearson, three races were scheduled to be run in a north westerly breeze of 8 to 12 knots, in the four hour window either side high water.

Race One started bang on time and local boy Steve Cooper banged the right hand side of the course in Junior High, arriving first at the top mark, followed by Marie-Claude and Paul Heys’ Jenga Trois and Ian Atkin’s both of whom had taken a more conservative course up the middle of the beat. Down the run, pulled out and was in second place at the leeward mark. On the final beat, Jenga Trios excelled with good boat speed and great tactics from Duncan MacDonald, and pushed through and Junior High into first place, a position they held until the final gun. The final places were Jenga Trios in first, in second and Junior High third.

Race Two started in the same wind conditions as Race One, but with the tide due to turn mid race. By the first windward mark Peter Henney’s Nemo has a huge lead Steve Andrew in Jet Set and Junior High following on. Up the next run Jenga Trois recovered well, having suffered an outhaul failure ten seconds before the start, and worked through the fleet into second. Cardiff’s very own archetypal Baywatch Blonde, Iwan Basten, sailed a strong race in Plas Menai and sailed his crew into third place. On the line it was Nemo in first, Jenga Trois second and Plas Menai third.

For Race Three, and with the tide now ebbing at pace, PRO Mike Pearson shortened the course slightly. The wind went right just after the start, and Jenga Trois showed the fleet her tail feathers and arrived at the top of the course at the front of the pack. Behind her in a bunch were Jet Set, Junior High, and Nick Sawyer’s Red Sky. Jenga Trios maintained her lead up the second beat, Junior High slipped past Red Sky. The fat lady sang as Jenga Trois finished first, Junior High second and Red Sky third.

The fleet are off to Church tonight; Cardiff’s Norwegian Church to be precise, for a civic reception hosted by the Cardiff Harbour Authority, a key supporter the event. Presumably prayers will be said that the high pressure and breeze vacuum that is forecast for tomorrow will pass Cardiff by. The PRO has three races scheduled to please the Class and the title sponsor of the event, Nexus Marine Electronics.

Results after Day 1:

PosSail NoBoat NameOwnerHelmClubR1R2R3Pts
1GBR890Jenga TroisMarie Claude and Paul Heys Warsash Sailing Club1214
2GBR571Junior HighSteve Cooper Cardiff Bay Yacht Club36211
3GBR912boats.comIan Atkins HillHead SC25613
4GBR608NemoPeter Henney Royal Southern Yacht Club61714
5GBR165Royal Castle Hotel DartmouthPeter Blackler Royal Dart YC411419
6GBR734Red SkyCardiff Bay RacingNick SawyerCardiff Bay Yacht Club117321
7GBR725Purple HazeScott ColeSimon ThomasCardiff Bay Yacht Club88521
8GBR8480RPlas MenaiCardiff Bay RacingIwan BastenCardiff Bay Yacht Club133925
9GBR192Jet SetSteve Andrew Royal Western Yacht Club741627
10GBR605JiminiJohn McLaren Salcombe Yacht Club5121128
11GBR733JambalayaAndrew Bird RORC1091231
12GBR663Volvo RYA Keelboat ProgrammeRYACharlotte Savage 9101534
13GBR374JemPeter Wanstall Royal Western Yacht Club1413835
14GBR801Just Do ItTerry Palmer Upper Thames SC12141440
15GBR214JalapenaNicolas Over Royal Western Yacht Club17151042
16GBR479Joie de VivreSteve Toynton/Robert Keen Royal Western Yacht Club16161345
17GBR744Just ChillingStephen Chiverton Hayling Island Sailing Club15171850
18GBR8046RJust in TimeAndy Deverson Cardiff Bay Yacht Club18181753

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