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Hunter Formula One Nationals at Rutland Sailing Club

by Bruce Bonar 23 Jun 2008 23:37 BST 20-22 June 2008
Racing in the Hunter Formula One nationals at Rutland © Bruce Bonar

A fleet of 17 boats took part in the event with 7 visiting boats from Ireland, Windermere and the South Coast. They joined 10 home boats from the strong Formula 1 fleet at Rutland Sailing Club.

The first day had 10-12 knots of wind with the majority of the fleet using their small genoas. Whiskey Mac from Parkstone Yacht Club won race 1 and Tearaway from Rutland Sailing Club won race 2. As is normal in the Formula 1 fleet there was very close racing throughout the whole fleet with positions changing regularly throughout the fleet.

Day 2 saw lighter conditions with more variable wind directions and these conditions allowed War Department from the Lake District Boat Club to show their superior speed to post 3 straight wins from the 3 races sailed. Rutland boats Tearaway & Kingfisher were very close behind and Jibberish from Courtown Sailing Club in Ireland gained a 3rd place in race 5.

On Sunday morning the predicated strong winds arrived and with gusts in excess of 40 knots racing was abandoned.

Defending Formula 1 National Champion Paul Harkness (War Department) from the Lake District Boat Club was declared the winner for the fourth year in a row with Bruce Bonar (Tearaway) from Rutland Sailing Club in 2nd place and Chris Wright (Kingfisher) from Rutland SC in 3rd place.

Overall Results:

PosBoat NameSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5Nett
1stWar Dept8052Paul HarknessLaura & KevinLake District BC2-31115
2ndTearaway8018Bruce BonarAndrew, Ben & ChrisRutland SC31-5228
3rdKingfisher8030Chris WrightJosh, Olly & NickRutland SC5233(18 OCS)13
4thJou Jou805Dermot O'MorchoePat, Elaine & IanCourtown SC4725-818
5thJiberish8001Michael JonesRobert, Michael & OwenCourtown SC-8664319
6thTenacious8050Paul BancroftMary & ChrisRutland SC744-10621
7thApocalypse7283Nick BettLinda & DeclanRutland SC-9579425
8thWhiskey Mac8060Steve PirnieDarren, Chris & MikeParkstone YC19148(18 OCS)32
9thContraction8049Fergus RoperPaul & TimRoyal Lymington13(18 DNF)87533
10thJni Mac8020Bob SherriffTom, Peter & MichaelCourtown SC611136(18 OCS)36
11thSpritzer8037Nick ClarkeGuy, Craig & TimRutland SC1089-151037
12thBitz8002Jonathan SuttonSusan, Mark & ElaineCourtown SC11-131211741
13thPremier Cru8036Mike HarteMark & JanRutland SC-121010121143
14thCaveat8017Nigel PaskRos, Nigel/GrahamRutland SC-161211131248
15thFracas8042John BallMark & MarieRutland SC1414-1514951
16thZigi8012Mike FlintMark & JohnRutland SC1515-16161359
17thInconceivable8063Martin Gordon KerrAndrea & DanRutland SC-171617171464

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