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Steve Nicholson Memorial Trophy at Northampton Sailing Club

by Tom Stewart, P&B 1 Feb 2010 14:07 GMT 30 January 2010

Over 150 boats enjoyed fantastic winter sailing conditions at the 2010 Steve Nicholson Memorial Trophy held at Northampton Sailing Club in aid of Asthma UK raising over £3000 for the charity.

With fantastic sponsorship from some of the top marine companies, there was a great array of prizes available to win. These included Gul, Harken, Gill, Zhik, Musto, Henri Lloyd, Selden, Magic Marine and Pinnell & Bax.

The event is divided into four fleets; double-handed, single-handed, asymmetric and foilers.

Foiling Fleet

Current International Moth National Champion Mike Cooke made light work of the foiling class dominating the event with two wins. The foilers were very impressive foiling 95% of the time with the breeze fluctuating between 5 and 10 knots.

1stMoth International Foiling3618Mike CookeBristol Corinthian11
2ndMoth International Foiling3366Alex AdamsCCSC22
3rdMoth International Foiling3261Gary IresonNorthampton Sailing Club33

Asymmetric Fleet

The 40 strong asymmetric fleet was dominated by the Cherub of Pete Barton crewed by Dave Ellis, who were powered up despite the light and shifting breeze. Pete and Dave took two bullets ahead of a fleet which ranged from RS200s through to two 49ers. Ben Saxton and Holly Scott were consistent and finished second in their RS200 with the 49er of Rick Peacock and returning local, Simon Marks, 3rd.

1stCherub2698Peter BartonDavid EllisRoyal Lymington Yacht Club11
2ndRS 2001328Ben SaxtonHolly ScottGrafham4.52
3rd49ERGBR 2Rick PeacockSimon MarksBartley25
4th49ERGBR 5Dylan FletcherNick HollisNorthampton Sailing Club34

Single-Handed Fleet

The Phantom Class dominated the single handers with seven out of the top ten places. Andy Couch took two bullets ahead of Simon Hawkes. The RS300 of Steve Bolland split the Phantoms, finishing third with a very steady performance. Local Phantom sailor and close friend of Steve Nicholson, Simon Cowood finished fourth. In a race dominated by the fast single handers, Aaron Holman impressed - sailing his Optimist into 5thplace and also taking the prize for first Junior.

1stPhantom1345Andy CouchBlithfield SC11
2ndPhantom1359Simon HawkesWimbleball Sailing Club22
3rdRS 300411Steve BollandBristol Corinthian YC64
4thPhantom1304Simon CowoodNSC46
5thOptimist5608Aran HolmanHollowell38
6thPhantom1340Tyler HarmsworthShoreham SC57

Double-Handed Fleet

The double-handed fleet boasted sixty starters, which made the start line very challenging, so unsurprisingly the black flag was needed. Andy Smith and Tim Needham led both races in their 505 but never got far enough ahead to win on handicap, they were, however, good enough for third overall. In the light and fickle conditions, the Merlins were often able to outpace the Fireballs and so dominated the event. The Merlin of Matt Biggs and Ben Hollis had a great first beat finding more wind on the left of the course, they were then able to sail away from the chasing pack of Fireballs and Merlins. The second race was won by Olly Turner and Carly Turner in another Merlin, crossing the finish line just inches ahead of local Merlin Tom Stewart and Liam Dempsey. Matt and Ben recovered from a bad start and managed to pull up to seventh place which was enough for them to win on count back, ahead of Ian Dobson and Matt Mee, also in a Merlin.

Tom Gillard and Christian Birrell launched their new 420 at the event and sailed fantastically in the light stuff to finish 4th overall.

1stMerlin Rocket3705Matt BiggsBen HollisBlithfield Sailing Club17
2ndMerlin Rocket3662Ian DobsonMatt MeeBurwain Sailing Club/HLSC26
3rd5059012Andy SmithTim NeedhamNotts County/ Staunton Harold SC35
4th42053982Tom GillardChristian BirrelSheffield Viking Sailing Club63
5thMerlin Rocket3701Tom StewartLiam DempseyNorthampton Sailing Club9.52
6thMerlin Rocket3610Richard DeeChris GouldMidland59
7thMerlin Rocket3655Rich AdamsRob KennhughMidland411
8thFireball15020Vince HoreyJonny MildredKing George Sailing Club810
9thLark2519Steve HallSimon HaightonNorthampton Sailing Club14.54
10thFireball15032Dave WadeTim SaundersNorthampton Sailing Club713

The prize for first Non Spinnaker boat went to the well sailed Albacore of Neville Herbert and Mark Fowler. The first all ladies in the double handed fleet was won by Holly Hewatt and Ruth Johnson in their Lark and first lady in the single handed fleet went to Kerry Morgan in a Laser Radial.


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