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405 Danish Nationals at Sletten Sailing Club

by Ken Twemlow 25 Aug 2004 16:30 BST 21-22 August 2004
Four British 405 crews travel to the Danish Nationals at Sletten Sailing Club © Neil McInnes

Four 405 crews from the UK travelled to the Danish championship held at Sletten Sailing Club north of Copenhagen over the weekend of 21st and 22nd August. The racing was held on narrow straights between Denmark and Sweden, although there is no tide as such there are strong but unpredictable currents as water moves in or out of the Baltic.

Saturday was a bright and sunny day with a light and shifting offshore wind. The start line was laid in deep water about a mile off shore in strong current. Immediately the advantage of tacking quickly onto port and heading for the shallower area inshore became clear. The leading boats made this choice with Emil Landry (DEN202) winning from William Twemlow and Andy Bath (GBR360) then Mark Landry (DEN337).

The second and third races both featured very strong current on the starting line with all boat struggling to maintain position. Twemlow and Bath won both races.

Whilst the wind direction did not change for Sunday the strength increased considerably making challenging conditions for all the crews. Until the final run, race 4 was lead by Sophie White and Sophie Tuckwood (GBR362). Sophie gybed halfway down the run but Mark Landry (DEN 337) and William Twemlow continued on starboard to the lay line to the finish. Sophie had to gybe twice more by which time all three boats were within 2 metres of each other. The final order being 360, 337, then 362.

Races 5 and 6 were sailed in increasing wind, both races were won by Sophie White and Sophie Tuckwood who put on a masterful display of heavy weather sailing.

The overall event was won by William Twemlow and Andy Bath from the UK with a 2,1,1,1,2,7 scoreline.

Overall Results:

PosSail NoHelmCrewClubPts
1st GBR 360  William Twemlow Andy Bath Notts County 
2nd DEN 337 Mark Landry Peter Lang Middelfart Sejlklub 12 
3rd GBR 363 Sophie White Sophie Tuckwood Burghfield / Notts County 15 
4th DEN 206 Andreas Eiskjaer Jesper Nors Skive 16 
5th DEN 202 Emil Landry Kenni Nielsen Middelfart Sejlklub 17 
6th GBR 53 Hannanh Burywood Peter Perera Burghfield / Staunton Harold 32 
7th DEN 340 Louise Christensen Mia Anderson Mariager Sejlklub 36 
8th DEN 139 Jonathan Knudsen Martin Jenson Helsingor Amator Sejlklub 45 
9th DEN 372 Mille Olesen Kathrine Olesen Hvidovre Sejlklub Suset 50 
10th GBR 297 Andrew Wood Alistair McInnes Yeadon 51 

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