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Devon Yawl Nationals at Yealm Yacht Club

by Andrew Matthews 16 Jun 2010 08:35 BST 11-13 June 2010

The fourteenth Devon Yawl National Championship was hosted by the Yealm Yacht Club over the weekend of 11-13 June. For the 28 starters, throughout the five race programme over two days in Wembury Bay conditions were nigh on perfect. There was something for everyone.

The races comprised a “triangle” and “sausage” with a finish at the windward mark. The first race on Saturday saw a good Northerly breeze at the start line with more fickle conditions towards the windward mark. After some place changing the race was won by DY184 (Andrew Hattersley and Willie Hamilton – Topsham Sailing Club) with DY102 (Mike Bennett and his son, Simon – Dittisham Sailing Club) second and DY100A (Andrew and Cathy Matthews – Yealm Yacht Club) third. The second race on Saturday saw similar conditions to the first but with fewer holes in the breeze towards the windward mark. DY12 (David Bull and his father, Adrian) took an early lead. They chose the landward right hand beat and their lead was extinguished when the breeze favoured the seaward, left, side of the course. However, DY12 eventually re-established the lead and held on to win the race with DY184 (Andrew Hattersley and Willie Hamilton – Topsham Sailing Club) second and DY105 (Neil and Suze Boot – Yealm Yacht Club) third.

During the lunch break a stiff South Westerly sea breeze set in. The third race was run in a steady breeze across the whole of the course and a fine sail was had by all. The fleet was eager for the fray and after two recalls the RO (Chris Matthews) hoisted the black flag. DY54 (Jon Pegg and Dick Page – Yealm Yacht Club) took an early and substantial lead, which was only challenged on a slow downwind leg when the front end of the fleet moved closer together. However, a clean rounding of the leeward mark saw DY54 away to first place with DY186 (Tim Petitt and Tony Callcut - Yealm Yacht Club) second and DY351 (Ed Hawkes-Williams and Tim Coombe – Topsham Sailing Club) third.

Sunday morning saw two races in a good Westerly breeze. Again, the fleet was pushing the limits at the starting signal and both races saw the black flag. A number of boats were caught out by this with considerable impact on the results. DY188 (Adam Booth and Justin Sluce – Yealm Yacht Club) was caught on both occasions and Adam has since been nicknamed “Black Flag Booth”. Both races were keenly fought with a high standard of tactical sailing evident throughout a close fleet. DY12 sailed the first race superbly and was first across the finish line but to no avail having been caught by the black flag. First place was taken by DY100 (Richard Babbage and Bruce Greig – Topsham Sailing Club) with DY102 second and DY54 third. DY100 had not had a good first day’s racing. However, adding to their success in the first race on Sunday the very close second race in a freshening breeze saw them home to a second win. They were observed sailing with considerable focus in a boat going well. Second home was DY351 and third, DY184.

The event saw a contrast in racing approach by the overall first and second boats, DY 184 and DY351. True to character, DY184 raced “by the book” in their tactical choices whilst DY351 was often seen “doing something different” in terms of course selection. As the results show, on this occasion the “by the book” approach paid off in the end.

On the whole the fleet behaved well with penalties taken as required. One protest was heard.

Overall Results:
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Overall Results:

PosSail NoBoat NameHelmCrewR1R2R3R4R5Pts
1DY 184AMADEUSANDREW HATTERSLEYWILLIE HAMILTON12 5311
2DY 351Y’ALL WHITEED WILLIAMS-HAWKESTIM COOMBE 634215
3DY 12SCILLADAVID BULLADRIAN BULL414 716
4DY 54DEVON BLUEJOHN PEGG +1DICK PAGE 813416
5DY 100BLOO NOTERICHARD BABBAGEBRUCE GREIG7 101119
6DY 102TWO’S COMPANYMIKE BENNETTSIMON BENNETT2 82921
7DY 186MISTLETOETIM PETITTTONY CALLCUT872 522
8DY 2ROCINANTEPAUL JACOBSBRETT GREGSON5412 829
9DY 100ASHUNAANDREW MATTHEWSCATHY MATTHEWS3 9101133
10DY 105HEDWIGNEIL BOOTSUZE BOOT1135 1534
11DY 96SIMPLY REDJAMES McNAUGHTONLEWIS BANFIELD129 8635
12DY 330 ANDREW WOODZOE SAYERS14 6141044
13DY 160BUMBLE BJOHN SKELTONSARAH POOLE 516111345
14DY 9WINNIEALAN WINTON  121161746
15DY 372FIONARICHARD KINGALEX CRYSTAL10181512 55
16DY 52AUSTRALISSIMON JULIENHILDA JULIEN1317 161965
17DY 4ADIOSTONY TUBBS  2113181466
18DY 333PLUMPHIL BELSHAMSCOTT McCREADY17 17191871
19DY 124INISFREECHRIS KEMPTONRICHARD BROWN181923 1676
20DY 299ABREEZEALEX ROBSON 2223229 76
21DY 70MOLLYSEAN COCHRANEDEBORAH COCHRANE 1518212377
22DY 319HOPEFULBEN WIGHTMANPETE DAVIES20221917 78
23DY 188AQUEOUS HUMOURADAM BOOTH 161421 3081
24DY 352BLACKBIRDLIZ STANLEYJOHN BRADLEY15 3073082
25DY 354LIMOSAJOHN SYMINGTONELLY PEGG 3030151287
26DY 356CHARMJIM WOOD +1ANGUS WOOD2424 202492
27DY 106CORDON BLEUJOHN PROSSER +2SALLY BELSHAM 2524232193
28DY 334MERLOTJOHN COYLEJOHN LANSLEY2526 222295
29DY 376SUBLIMEBILL LOWEROBERT THOMSON 30303030120