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Cherub Nationals at Lee-on-the-Solent Sailing Club - Overall

by Phil Kirk 21 Aug 2011 19:46 BST 16-19 August 2011

With three teams still in a position to win the trophy there was everything to play for on the final day of the 2011 Cherub nationals. Paul and Mat in Antidote had proved to be fast in the breeze While Andy and Jill in Usagi where devastatingly quick in the light conditions. Or could it be the father and son team of Graham and Eddie Bridle who had scored well in all conditions so far. The fleet were greeted with champagne conditions of 10-12 knots and a race officer determined to deliver the full programme of racing. This meant 5 races!

Race 1 started in slightly lighter conditions which helped Phil and Sarah Kirk to get round the first mark in the lead only to capsize whilst hoisting their kite. Andy and Gill Peters capitalised and built a strong lead to win the race.

Graham and Eddie took race two from Andy and Jill. Dean Ralph and Simon Jones finished 3rd a position that they would keep for the rest of the day. Paul and Mat were consistently in 4th. Tom Kiddle and Tom Bruton (known by the fleet as Tom-Tom) were starting strongly and found the quickest route to the windward mark in two races. Lower down the fleet, Jo and Beth kept Flat Stanley flying all day and were really enjoying the conditions.

When the Race Officer put up 3 laps for the final race some of the tired crews groaned with despair. ‘That's three more hoists' one was heard to say. But it also meant three more glorious kite runs. More seriously the three championship contenders were as close on points as any point in the event and the title would be decided on the last race. Graham and Eddie sailed strongly, as they had all week, winning the race and the championship.

Lee on Solent held a fantastic presentation meal where the 2011 champions were crowned. Graham thanked the club for all their efforts in running the championship and hosting the class, including excellent race management, rescue, beach crew and catering. Despite being on the water for 6 hours the sailors still had the energy to keep the bar busy.

Photos of the event can be found at

Overall Results:

PosHelmCrewBoat NameClubPts
1Graham BridleEddie BridleRiot VanBrightlingsea SC.13
2Andy PetersJeraldine PetersUsagi JumbioQueen Mary SC.18
3Paul CrooteMathew KiddleAntidote to Panel GamesChew Valley SC.21
4Dean RalphSimon JonesElenorWhitstable SC.31
5Phil KirkSarah KirkE-NumbersThornbury SC.44
6Dave RoeWendy FoxThe Pasta FrenzyBurfield SC.52
7Stu TinnerNick PrattRoninUKCCOA53
8Tom KiddleTom BrutonAtum BomWhitstable SC.65
9Roland TrimHayley TrimExultant JubilationThornbury SC.79
10Dave ChingLara ChingShiny BeastPoole YC.92
11Richard HattersleyEmma HattersleyLoco PerroPoole YC.98
12William LeeLucy LeeFubarWhitstable YC.108
13Ben ButtlerClaire AllenSlippery When WetNorth Staffs SC.112
14Jo CoomberBeth BarnesFlat StanleyWeir Quay SC.130
15John HamiltonDigby StillAntidephobiaDraycot SC136
16Andrew WhapshottStu MooreBorn SlippyHawley Lake SC.138
17Jim Barnes-WanderousWeir Lake SC.167
18Laurence TrimHarriot or Isla TrimSargent MurphyUKCCOA169

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