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Laser 2000 Nationals at Penzance Sailing Club – Overall

by John and Pauline Cox 18 Aug 2008 11:05 BST 10-15 August 2008

Sunshine and a F3 was the forecast and that is exactly what greeted the fleet for Race 8 on the final day of racing at Penzance. Determined that he would get three races in back to back, PRO Sam Kent showed the fleet that he was in charge and immediately brought out the black flag. This saw three boats scoring a DSQ whilst the rest of the fleet enjoyed close racing with much place changing all the way to the finish line.

By Race 9 the wind (now 20+kts) and the waves had picked up and with the black flag still in use the fleet got off to a clean start. Matt and Clare Sargent, in their element once again, challenged the leaders but Rob Burridge and Amy Hulley held on and won the race. In the chasing fleet there were many thrills and spills during the race and a lot of ‘whooping’ and ‘yeehas’ on the reach to the finish line.

The final race of the Championship saw the wind increase to a solid 25kts and, as a special treat (we thought he was having a laugh) Sam showed not only the black flag but five laps! Eight boats decided discretion was called for and headed for home whilst those remaining enjoyed the strong wind and ginormous waves.

Richard and Viv Parr worked hard in the conditions to round the windward mark with the leading pack but touched the mark and then capsized doing their penalty. On the second lap John and Pauline Cox, close behind the leaders, picked the wrong time to tack being held in irons and could only watch as several boats passed. With conditions not improving and an increasing number of capsized boats, Sam shortened the course to four laps and the fleet made their way back to the harbour and shelter.

During the week the 2000 fleet raced in winds ranging between 10 and 25kts and with gusts recorded to 35kts. Rob Burridge and Amy Hulley (Weir Wood SC) were deservedly crowned National Champions for 2008 and they now look forward to the Endeavour Trophy (Champion of Champions Event) in October.

Looking through the results you will see that the Laser 2000 Class Association is a family-friendly class with many crews sharing the same surname and a significant number of youths featuring in the top ten positions. The Nationals fleet includes entries spread from Scotland to the South Coast and from Wales to Norfolk, and the Association is also particularly pleased to welcome the growing number of ‘services’ teams taking part in events. Having been raced hard in testing conditions (for the boat & crews!) the ‘2k’ continues to prove itself as being bullet proof.

The Laser 2000 fleet would like to thank Penzance Sailing Club for a fantastic week, both on the water and onshore, also event sponsors Laser Direct and our supporters Noble Marine and Fotoboat.

2009 will be the 10th Anniversary of the Laser 2000 Class Association with the Nationals taking place at Hayling Island SC on 26-31 July.

The Tony Slade Memorial Trophy

The Tony Slade Trophy was presented by the widow of the founding Chairman to the Laser 2000 Class Association. The trophy is awarded annually to the person judged to have contributed most to the Class Association in the previous year.

Tony was convinced from the moment he first set eyes on the L2K that it made a great family racing dinghy. Sadly he did not live to demonstrate this himself but it is good to know that others are carrying on his enthusiasm as demonstrated by this year’s winner and recognised by the award.

This year's winner is Weir Wood sailor Tim Hulley and his citation reads:

Tim has been a member of the Class Association since its inception in 1999 and, through a combination of open meetings and training events, has played a pivotal role in developing what is probably the largest, most active and most successful Laser 2000 fleet at Weir Wood SC.

Tim has acted as Technical Officer to the Association for the last three years and remains committed to the development of both the class and individual skills through the sharing of knowledge and experience.

Despite fulfilling this key role, Tim describes himself as a “non-technical” sailor. He is a regular contributor to Millennium Mutterings and his basic message for members is “keep it simple, communicate with each other and try and avoid those basic errors”, a strategy which he has demonstrated to be effective on many occasions.

Tim still finds the time and enthusiasm to attend open meetings and championship events and was a deserved and popular winner of the Millennium Series Trophy in 2007. Although usually seen sailing with wife Linda, as part of a two-boat family he is now frequently challenged by daughter Amy, emphasising the family oriented nature of the Laser 2000 fleet.

Tim’s significant and ongoing contribution to the Class Association is to be commended.

Overall Results:

PosFleetSail NoHelmCrewClubR1R2R3R4R5R6R7R8R9R10Pts
1stGold2458Rob BurridgeAmy HulleyWeir Wood SC1-21111111(51 DNC)8
2ndGold21558Matt SargentClare SargentArmy SA417(44 OCS)53-822226
3rdGold22088Simon HorsfieldClive GrantArmy SA28339-274-115135
4thGold2854Tim HulleyLinda HulleyWeir Wood SC-114242115(49 DSQ)6337
5thGold21800Steve McCullochRob McCullochGrafham Water SC335281213-22-21450
6thGold22054Andrew SloperWill SloperWeir Wood SC(51 DNC)-16611145383555
7thGold2237Wil HitchmanWendy HitchmanBala SC5712566155-19-2361
8thGold22086Miles WadeAnderley WadeArmy SA9989152-16311-1766
9thGold21462Andy BaldwinMark & KarenGrafham Water SC6510-193-191010171576
10thGold22116Chris JordanGillian JordanBurghfield SC12(51 DNC)46482(49 DSQ)442 DNF82
11thGold21963Chris McDonaldKate, Emily & JessicaGrafham Water SC10(30 DNF)1416-184114141487
12thGold21005Richard ParrViviene ParrStone SC13-20-208121491391189
13thGold21033Helen PhillipsAndrew PhillipsCardiff Bay YC(39 DNF)61113-2117121610691
14thGold21061John CoxPauline CoxChichester YC(39 DNF)(51 DNC)131516186771395
15thGold2372Martin WilsonHarry WilsonDatchet Water SC17(30 DNF)-21121091891512102
16thGold21724Elizabeth FillmoreTim FillmoreDraycote Water SC191818147(50 DSQ)-211488106
17thGold2445Paul LuttmanGeorge JamiesonWeir Wood SC7(30 DNF)171713714(49 DSQ)2810113
18thGold21719Lea HerodAlan WoodhouseArmy SA1412227-24-252320129119
19thGold22125Chris HallTom HallSnettisham Beach SC16(51 DNC)920(51 DNC)15761342 DNF128
20thGold2204Iain YardleySarah YardleyLeigh & Lowton SC23(30 DNF)1918-25102217167132
21stGold2643David VettergreenJanice SmithWilsonian SC1513242227-31261927(42 DNF)173
22ndSilver21763Graham DaltonLucy DaltonDell Quay SC(51 DNC)(51 DNC)1621171348 DNF182419176
23rdGold2946Alexie NicholasStefan NicholasWeir Wood SC201928-4019-3025232226182
24thSilver21131James MacGregorJenny & CallumGrafham Water SC(39 DNF)(51 DNC)2333282219251822190
25thGold21697Trevor BoughtonCarol BoughtonBough Beech SC2211272420-33-33313324192
26thSilver21613Andy JonesGez JonesBala SC(51 DNC)(51 DNC)3529232024272618202
27thGold22002Robert JonesNatalie HibberdBristol Corinthian YC2115-3426-363232292920204
28thGold21819Tony GrayJames GrayRoyal Navy SA18(30 DNF)30282224272630(51 DNC)205
29thSilver21336Jonny JonstoneSpike CawleyArmy SA(39 DNF)14322733-3835213116209
30thGold21950Simon MurrayLisa TaylorRoyal Navy SA2530 DNF252330-37283023(42 DNF)214
31stGold21109Dave EcclesKate EcclesBala SC(51 DNC)(51 DNC)1551 DNC1116201249 DNF51 DNC225
32ndGold2410Darren PadroWarren FletcherShustoke SC81026103250 DNF(51 DNC)(51 DNC)51 DNC51 DNC238
33rdSilver21236Crawford McLearyKathy HayesNew Quay YC39 DNF(51 DNC)49 DNF(51 DNC)292817152042 DNF239
34thSilver21616Philip StrawChris GormanCardiff Bay YC2430 DNF3330-42-3939323221241
35thSilver21406Jonathan PhillipsChris ProctorBurghfield SC(39 DNF)(51 DNC)3734262631243429241
36thGold2492Steve RickardStewart AugheyLee on the Solent SC2617-462540-4138403927252
37thSilver22085John WilkinBob JinksShustoke SC39 DNF30 DNF293239233737(49 DNF)(51 DNC)266
38thSilver21816Amy FitterIan FitterRoyal Navy SA39 DNF(51 DNC)31313835292835(42 DNF)266
39thSilver21563John SmithSally TavinerNetley SC(51 DNC)(51 DNC)51 DNC51 DNC342130352525272
40thSilver21691Tony CarterBridget CarterWeir Wood SC(51 DNC)(51 DNC)3935312936343732273
41stSilver10Jerry PottsThomas PepperArmy SA2830 DNF3836-4745-46424031290
42ndSilver9Adi KennGill RobinsonArmy SA27(51 DNC)424141344038-4330293
43rdSilver2338Fran JonesAnna FoxBala SC39 DNF(51 DNC)-4544 DNF433641333628300
44thSilver2015Dil SanhuLynn & Jamie SandhuWeir Wood SC(51 DNC)(51 DNC)4037354044434142 DNF322
45thSilver2585Peter CoulcherDavid CoulcherBough Beech SC(51 DNC)(51 DNC)4139464242364242 DNF330
46thSilver21864Julie TomkinsonNick TomkinsonSouth Windermere SC(51 DNC)(51 DNC)3651 DNC37463449 DNF3851 DNC342
47thSilver2737Stephen WoodSheila MorganNew Quay YC39 DNF(51 DNC)43(51 DNC)444443394451 DNC347
48thSilver21852Peter NattrassVivien NattrassBough Beech SC(51 DNC)(51 DNC)44384550 DNF51 DNC414542 DNF356
49thSilver21428John ChisnallJean ChisnallWeir Wood SC(51 DNC)(51 DNC)49 DNF51 DNC4843454449 DNF51 DNC380
50thSilverTBCMike SiveyerTBCArmy SA(51 DNC)(51 DNC)51 DNC51 DNC51 DNC51 DNC51 DNC51 DNC51 DNC51 DNC408

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