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British Moth National Champs at Northampton Sailing Club

by Mark Collyer 19 Aug 2007 23:58 BST 15-18 August 2007

Another windy National Championship and another tremendous event at Northampton Sailing Club. For a class that has a reputation for be most at home on small rivers in light airs, the British Moths seem remarkably happy in strong breezes on the 600 acres of the Pitsford Reservoir. Forty-two boats entered and despite two of the juniors opting out there was still a very healthy fleet contesting the honours.

The normal quandary as to whether to win the practice race or not was solved by the race committee sensibly abandoning the race when the number of capsized boats outnumber the number still standing. Two hours later there was not such problem when racing started for real. The 2006 Champion Rob Wilder (Tamesis Club) made pace with Tim Davison (Medley), Roger Witts (Frampton on Severn) and local hero John Wayling in close attendance. This turned out to be the trend for the whole week with these four sharing the podium places between them.

Wilder won the Teddy Hicks Trophy and the Coupe de Leon, before John Wayling won the Marlow Ropes. Friday was Witts turn to shine and he duly won the Amethyst and the Thompson. This set up a three way showdown in the final race. Wayling made the best of the start followed closely by Davison and these two battled right though to the line. Wilder meantime had to play catch-up after a first lap capsize and fought his way through to the third place he needed to retain the championship, once he had the place in his grasp he sailed a conservative race and the championship was his.

The Veterans Trophy returned to the safe keeping of Ian Haywood (Evesham) and the Ladies Trophy was duly returned to the trophy cabinet of Tina Hardyment (Medley), the Pope boys (Severn) Ed and Jack fought out the Junior Trophy with Ed getting the nod. Mark Wiltshire (Chippenham) won the Endeavour Trophy for the most promising new-comer with a fine 15th overall.

Stefan Gerrard (Medley) piloted 242 to the old boat prize, closely followed by Morris Metcalf (Rye Harbour) in 245 which is an amazing all metal hull that Morris has been sailing since he was left her by the builder Ken Hunt who built her in the mid ‘50s.

Deserving special mention must be Evesham Sailing Club who turned out nine boats, which is truly amazing as three weeks ago their boat park was under seven foot of water.

As always Northampton Sailing Club were great hosts, with Bruce Merry as PRO once again, the courses were varied, interesting and sometimes downright challenging. Chris Harris lead a very hard working rescue team with skill and no small amount of humour.

Elaine and Vicky did wonders with the catering, especially the Anniversary Supper on Friday evening. Commodore John Wayling did not let his sailing get in the way of his hosting duties and was always there with a smile and the keys to the bar.

Overall Results: (Click here to fill in Gear Guide information)

PositionHelmNumberNameTeddy HicksCoupe de leonMarlow ropesAmethystThompsonSolentPoints
1Rob Wilder846Proper Job0.750.7522538.5
2John Wayling824Mirth330.75420.759.5
3Tim Davison834Moonlight Mouse22633212
4Roger Witts859Ruffian5430.750.751713.5
5David Eales730Moneybox75464524
6Colin Hall856Ockhams Razor867537430
7Graham Pope853Ghost1143577636
8Tim Hogan757Lilac Beauty678964336
9Rick Benson781No Hassle9810129743
10Stephen Seargeant865Parsnip13998114350
11Ian Hanson84470plus1212111084353
12Ian Edwards854Nonconformist4141213154358
13Barry Pleasants807Tinkerbelle4311131710859
14Ian Miller791MR17131711121063
15Mark Wiltshire817Painted Lady1610321513963
16Rupert Whelan797Doh-Nut10191614184377
17Ian Haywood815Whynot14152018164383
18John Pickford836Fidget19181416174384
19David Cannon830Thera20161821144389
20Tina Hardyment852Gypsy15171519234389
21Jeremy Higson861MOG21221941241298
22Gary Tompkins862Vapourer18253220251199
23David Taylor756Oak Beauty232243232117106
24Tony Jacks731 273022333217128
25Stefan Gerrard242Simplicity323223323013130
26Stuart Bonham849 282921292743134
27Barry Graver850Fli-bi-nite222132412243138
28Elaine Gillingham504Hawkmoth322043261943140
29Richard Jones351Zyg252443252843145
30Ashley Smith758Flutterby243932302943154
31Abby Freeley783Lappit432832272643156
32Peter Ledwith793Behemoth432732243743163
33Roli Huggins823Wraith434343222043171
34Morris Metcalf245Aeolus263943283743173
35Edward Pope838Atlantic Bonus433132433143180
36Paul Lohr506Emilia293943414343195
37Laura Honey700Tabatha Twichit432643414343196
38Wendy Pope828Gromit433343344343196
39Jack Pope840Gao433943413343199
40Mark Collyer750Heart of glass434343314343203
41Imogen Higson837 434343434343215
41Edward Higson837 434343434343215

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